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Allergy safety is always a serious issue. At Halloween, however, it's particularly important to keep allergy safety in mind, as it is very easy for kids with food allergies to be accidentally exposed to unsafe foods. Today, we bring you some Halloween safety tips from our friends at Onespot Allergy in the hopes that your little ones experience only the fun, safe kind of "scares" this Halloween. And remember, even (and especially) in a Halloween costume, it's imperative that kids with food allergies always carry their medications and wear their medical alert jewelry.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Although bullying is in the news regularly these days, many people aren't truly clear on what constitutes bullying and why these anti-bullying programs are in place.
Summer is (finally!!) almost upon us after a particularly long winter, and for many, that means it’s time to start traveling. For people with tree nut and peanut allergies, this can be particularly challenging because airlines still serve peanuts and some meals that may contain nuts. Although allergy advocates are working to change the airline status quo, in the interim, the onus for safety falls squarely on the traveler.
One in every 133 Americans has Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack itself in response to gluten exposure. This means people with Celiac cannot eat anything containing gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Some people with Celiac Disease also find that they cannot tolerate trans-dermal (through the skin) exposure to gluten, either, which means they must be vigilant about checking the ingredients in every soap, shampoo, lotion, and cosmetic before using it, as many of these common toiletries use gluten as a binding agent.
If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, you know all too well that the difference between life and death lies in a matter of moments – and if you’ve ever seen your child experience an anaphylactic reaction, you know that epinephrine is absolutely crucial in determining the outcome.
If you or your child have a food allergy, you’re far from alone. Current estimates are that about 2 percent of adults and 6 percent of children are affected by allergies, which arise when the immune system reacts after a certain food is eaten. Common symptoms of food allergies include skin rashes or digestive problems, but may include anaphylaxis, in which the breathing passages swell. This can be fatal if it is not treated.
Freshly sharpened pencils = $5.00Brand new backpack = $20.00Knowing that your child is safe in their learning environment = priceless.
The words “McDonald’s” and “controversy” seem to go hand-in-hand; so naturally, their latest attempt to satisfy the critics is receiving a mixed response.
Seasonal allergies – ahchoo! – also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever – ahchoo! – affect more than one in five people, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are an annoyance that can reduce quality of life by – ahchoo! – rudely interrupting your day-to-day routine. However, some seasonal allergies are more serious than that and can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. One of the best ways to avoid this issue is to know the common causes of spring and summer allergies.
Ethan was diagnosed with an anaphylactic peanut allergy when he was eighteen months old. He had a severe reaction to just a taste of peanut butter. His face turned red and blotchy with severe hives. His face and his tongue immediately began to swell and he choked and gasped for breath. In this brief moment, everything about Ethan’s life and ours changed forever.
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