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What Are Salicylates, and Why Are They Making Me Sick?

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Wed 27, 2015

A few months ago, I shared a story here on the Lauren’s Hope Blog about being at work when my lips and tongue swelled up due to an allergic reaction. As instructed at Urgent Care, I did follow up with my Primary Care Physician right away, and she ran some blood work to test for food allergies. The results came back: Allergic to milk and hazelnuts.

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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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National Bullying Prevention Month

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Mon 14, 2013

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. 

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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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5 Things You Can Do To Save a Life During An Allergic Reaction

Posted by Emily Battmer on Jan, Fri 06, 2012

On Monday, January 2, the unthinkable happened.

Ammaria Johnson, a seven-year-old first grader at Hopkins Elementary School in Chesterfield County, Virginia, died at school after suffering an allergic reaction to a peanut product. The school was instructed to give Ammaria Benadryl in case of an emergency - a second-best backup plan since the school refused to keep the girl’s EpiPen in the nurse’s office, despite her mother’s request.

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