Peanut Food Allergies

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Items of interest for food allergic patients.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing its first government guidelines on how to protect schoolchildren with food allergies.

The voluntary guidelines call on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and make sure emergency allergy medicine -- like EpiPens -- are available.

Food allergies are a growing concern. A recent CDC survey estimated that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies -- a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s. Experts aren't sure why cases are rising.

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What do you tell a worried parent when their concerns are confirmed, that their child has been diagnosed with a food allergy?

"...Food allergy evaluations are really a partnership, and more is involved in the diagnosis than doing a quick and easy test. Understanding the types of reactions your child has to certain foods, the timing of eating the food in relationship to these reactions, your child's personal history and the family history: all of these components are critical to helping develop a successful food allergy survival lifestyle. You may even come to depend on your allergist as a friend...".

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View the Discovery Channel program in its entirety online here.

Oral Allergy Syndrome - Relationships between seasonal inhalant allergies and oral reactions to specific fruits/vegetables.

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For some travelers an errant peanut or hidden shrimp can be potentially lethal - here's advice for those with concerns.

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OpEd article supporting the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine bill currently before Congress.

The bill requires elementary/secondary schools to permit trained personnel to administer epinephrine in case of an allergic emergencies, maintain epinephrine in a secure location for use by trained personnel, and have in place an action plan for designated personnel trained in administration of epinephrine.

Every allergic child and their schools should have a customized action plan. As the school year begins, action plans for allergic children with specific needs can be developed by contacting our office at www.massallergy.net>

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