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Filled with the promise of new friends, new growth, and new learning experiences, a brand new school year offers a fresh start for students. The slate has been wiped clean and nothing but new opportunities lie ahead. If your child has food allergies, however, this can be a stressful situation; while new teachers and classmates are great, they might not know the first thing about food allergies – and they certainly don’t know your child’s specific needs.
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.
Okay, so someone in your family has a peanut allergy. You've taken all the necessary precautions; you've done your research. You know to read food labels closely, to carry emergency medication at all times, and to wear a medical ID bracelet. You are an expert allergy-free grocery shopper. You know exactly what foods are in your home at all times. You have successfully peanut-proofed your living space.
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.
Why is it necessary for some people to wear peanut allergy bracelets? Highly sensitive people can have a serious food reation if only 1/44,000 part of a peanut kernel is ingested! It is easy for people to avoid eating peanut butter or a handful of peanuts if they are allergic to peanuts. It is not always so easy to avoid the hidden, trace ingredients of food in restaurants or unsuspecting food items.
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