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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Posted by Brittany McNeal on May, Thu 08, 2014

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time for blooming flowers, budding trees, freshly cut lawns, itchy noses and tight chests. Spring is the peak season for those living with Asthma and Allergies, so it’s a great time to spread awareness about the diseases that affect over 60 million Americans.

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Free Stuff Friday with Onespot Allergy!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Dec, Fri 13, 2013

Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the week: It's FREE STUFF FRIDAY! Woo! And even better than that, for today's FREE STUFF FRIDAY, we're teaming up with our friend Elizabeth Goldenberg of Onespot™Allergy, who will be giving our TWO WINNERS each a free Onespot™ Allergy Best EpiPen belt (adult sizes in black only, children's sizes in black, turquoise, red with white polka dots, and lime green) in addition to the $50 Lauren's Hope Medical ID Jewelry gift certificate they'll each win! THAT'S A $75 RETAIL VALUE FOR EACH WINNER! 

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A Chocolate-Free Halloween?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Fri 25, 2013

Those of you who follow the Lauren's Hope blog may recall me writing earlier this fall about my six-year-old daughter, Julia, and how she was recently diagnosed with a chocoalate allergy (specifically, a cacao allergy). When I tell people Julia is allergic to chocolate, the most common response from adults is something completely reasonable and calm like this: "Chocolate? She's allergic to chocolate?! I would DIE." So, I've learned to phrase it differently, especially when Julia is within earshot. I say, "Julia is allergic to chocolate, and boy, removing it from her diet has made her feel so much better! And she's trying lots of great new flavors now!" or something similar, and that's helping my daughter stay positive about it while giving adults the cue that I'd appreciate them doing so too. 

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Onespot Allergy's Top Ten Allergy Safety Tips for Halloween

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Wed 16, 2013

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

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My kid is allergic to chocolate

Posted by Tara Cohen on Sep, Wed 04, 2013


So a few weeks back, I had my six-year-old daughter, Julia, tested for food allergies. She's always had a bit of a weak stomach, and I'd noticed it was worse when she had chocolate, but then she'd drink chocolate almond milk every day (a switch we made after she showed herself to be a bit lactose intolerant) with no problem. So I just wasn't sure: Is this a dairy issue? But she eats cheese just fine. Is it a chocolate issue? But her granola bars have little chocolate chips and she's never had a problem. Is it some additive or processed ingredient? What about those completely-devoid-of-redeeming-value orange fishy crackers and Cheeze-Its that always make her vomit yet which she continues to eat when I'm not around to remind her not to? Is it the "cheeze"? I couldn't quite put my finger on it, so in we went for the blood work.

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Tips For Allergy-Friendly Air Travel

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Wed 15, 2013

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.

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What Is Celiac Disease

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Mon 06, 2013

What is Celiac Disease?

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.

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Safe Traveling Tips with Food Allergies

Posted by Emily Battmer on Jul, Mon 18, 2011

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.

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Allergy Bracelets and Angel Service Dogs

Posted by Jenna White on Mar, Thu 03, 2011

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.

 
Ethan has a peanut allergy so severe that on a scale of 1-100 he is greater than 100. In addition, he has asthma so serious that he uses steroid and long acting inhalers each day. These two factors mean that if he is ever exposed to any kind of peanuts or their residue he could suffer anaphylactic shock. Without expert and quick assistance (his Epi-pens and the ER) he could die. This joyous boy, so full of life and energy, lives every day with a condition that could cause his death.
 
Ethan was fitted with his first medical ID bracelet from Lauren's Hope at age 2. His allergy bracelets give the paramedics and EMT's all the information they need to know in the case of a life threatening reaction. Ethan LOVES his Lauren's Hope allergy bracelets and takes great pride in choosing them and showing them to all his friends. With a condition full of so many frightening things this has been the part he loves best! 
 
Physicians believe that a peanut allergy is the worst allergy to have. When coupled with asthma it can be fatal. For Ethan, peanuts are potentially lethal. He has severe asthma and a life threatening peanut allergy (registering at the highest level on tests). Peanut products are everywhere in our society. Because of this hidden allergen, no matter how vigilant we are we still have a fear of what we can’t see and what we don’t know about. Peanuts, their powder, oil, and residue, could all be lethal for Ethan.

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