Allergies are not simply a biological blunder. Instead, they’re an essential defense against noxious chemicals–a defence that has served our ancestors for tens of millions of years and continues to do so today. It’s a controversial theory, Medzhitov acknowledges. But he’s also confident that history will prove him right
It's important to remember that although allergies can cause upper respiratory symptoms and possibly a change in your sense of smell, they don't cause fever, which is common with COVID-19 and the flu.
One in five UK adults believes they have a significant food allergy. Most don’t – the best estimates suggest that 1.5-3.8% of adults and 6-8% of children have food hypersensitivity (FHS) which is a food allergy or intolerance. But real food allergies can be severe and life-threatening, so expert diagnosis and advice are essential.
The best way to prevent food allergies is to introduce the most common allergenic foods to babies early in life, as research evidence for peanut and egg has shown. Even during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits of allergy prevention outweigh the very small risk of a severe reaction.
There has never been a better business (or planetary) climate in which to calm and stoke your anxieties about dirty air.
Kids and the elderly don’t have much in common when it comes to allergies.
We've all heard that being too clean can cause allergies, or exposure can help you beat them. Most advice doesn't stand up, but there are things that do seem to work.
But that doesn’t mean you’re imagining things.
Pollen allergy seasons continue to get longer and more intense as temperatures rise.
Experts at the Food and Drug Administration are reviewing a possible new treatment for children who are allergic to peanuts. If approved, it would be the first protective therapy against peanut allergies to gain FDA approval.
Blooming spring flowers signal the beginning of spring, but for millions of people, they also signal the onset of the misery: allergy and asthma season. Itchy, watery eyes; sneezing, runny nose; cough and wheezing are triggered by an overreaction of the body to pollen.
Every spring, trees and grasses release billions of buoyant pollen granules into the air, using the wind to disburse across the countryside in an effort to reproduce. It’s all about survival; plants that release more pollen have the survival advantage.
With public awareness of allergies and intolerances rising and everyone's friend being allergic to gluten, you'd think that the rate of death from anaphylaxis would fall. Unfortunately people are still dying from food allergies at an alarming rate.
Diagnosing allergies can be difficult. A doctor will often go through several steps before making a diagnosis, including specialized tests, a comprehensive interview about your ailments, and a physical exam. But it can sometimes take several months to get a correct diagnosis. Much like a detective working on a case, your provider will need to work by collecting information from you and from the different tests they organize. Together, you may need to test a few different strategies, such as avoiding possible triggers and then reintroducing them. This process can be slow, frustrating, and anxiety provoking.
It’s no surprise, then, that many people are drawn to alternative allergy testing. Such tests can be a tempting way to get a quick answer about your allergies. But most alternative allergy tests do not have any science behind them. In other words: If a test sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And in general, these tests are more likely to do harm than good. With this in mind, here’s a guide to help you educate yourself about deceptive allergy tests.
Corn lurks in so many surprising places, from table salt to apples to IV bags.
Despite federal legislation passed 15 years ago, food labels don’t always alert consumers to allergens that may be present in packaged goods.
If you have a food allergy, you know how difficult it can be to navigate daily eating without inadvertently consuming something that will cause a reaction. If you're planning to travel, however, this can create an even bigger challenge, as you won’t have access to the stores and restaurants with which you’re already familiar. Luckily, there are a few apps that want to make traveling and food allergies compatible.
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Before Zachary Wolkoff was a year old, he’d already made many trips to the Manhattan emergency room, covered in welts and hives. No one could figure out the cause. At the time, his mother, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, now 44, was exclusively nursing Zach, so a reaction to food seemed unlikely. But an allergist cleared up the mystery. “We were eating nuts,” says Wolkoff, and when we would touch his skin, the oils from the nuts would cause him to break out.”
As Zach got older, the tiniest trace of nuts—even from a knife that was used to cut a peanut butter sandwich and then his food—could cause anaphylaxis.
The future of allergy treatment could be as easy as brushing your teeth.
The whole thing has always made me wonder — why are allergies so incredibly hard to treat? And why aren't there better options?
When people with severe allergies are exposed to an allergen, their body goes into overdrive — and epinephrine auto-injectors, of which EpiPen is the most popular incarnation, can stop that super-reaction before it kills them.
What allergies are (and aren’t) and the evidence for causes and treatments.
Allergies are frustrating and sometimes frightening conditions and they seem to be on the rise in developed countries.
Given how confused we all seem about what the word “allergy” means, it’s not surprising that it seems like suddenly everyone has one. But it’s not just our perception. Allergies are on the rise, though no one is exactly sure by how much.
It can be confusing and daunting to suddenly not be able to eat a food you've eaten your whole life.
WILL the cure for allergies come from the cowshed?
Researchers in Australia have temporarily rid 23 children of their adverse reactions to the nut.
The rate of reports of severe allergic reactions to foods like peanuts has increased by nearly five times over the past decade, according to a new analysis of private insurance claims.
Is there a way to stop allergies from re-emerging during your 30s?
Two truths about allergies that may blow your mind: Bo Obama isn’t a hypoallergenic dog, and nobody is actually “allergic” to gluten.
The increasing use of antibiotics to treat disease may be responsible for the rising rates of asthma and allergies. By upsetting the body’s normal balance of gut microbes, antibiotics may prevent our immune system from distinguishing between harmless chemicals and real attacks.
New wearable devices aim to detect allergens in food and in the air. But should you trust them?
Asthma and allergy attacks have increased in the United States despite the fact that our outdoor air quality has improved. Some researchers think these problems have increased because kids are spending too much time indoors.
Watery eyes could be a good thing after all.
Teenagers more likely to have severe asthma and eczema if they eat fast food more than three times a week, study shows.
An estimated 300,000 Americans are allergic to sesame but it’s not one of the eight major allergens food labels currently have to disclose.
Despite common thought, spring isn't the only allergy-prone season. As the weather begins to change and fall settles in, many may find themselves experiencing allergies as bad as those they experienced during the spring, and possibly worse.
I have terrible, awful, allergies to a whole bunch of things, from dust mites to apples to chlorine. And my list is only dwarfed by the number treatments I've tried over the years. I load up on over-the-counter antihistamines like Zyrtec and Claritin and get shots once a week, but it's still not enough.
I'm far from alone — one in five Americans has some type of allergy. And there's still really no definitive way to stop them completely in most people.
The whole thing has always made me wonder — why are allergies so incredibly hard to treat? And why aren't there better options?
Imagine you were plagued by severe food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or intractable epilepsy. Would you be willing or desperate or brave enough to step outside the realm of established medicine and seek help from an unconventional therapist — even someone with no medical or scientific training?
Iaquinta stresses that the transmission of brain-eating amoeba by neti pot is exceedingly rare, and can be avoided by using sanitized water and saline packets as directed.
While research continues to explore potential cures and treatments, not enough effort has been spent on exploring root causes. Into the vacuum has emerged a number of controversial explanations, many of which have not been based on much scientific research.
It was impossible to look online last week without noticing one story after another about the egregious price increases for the EpiPen and, further, the ensuing demand for investigations by Congress and the Federal Trade Commission from a variety of public figures, including Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose child has severe allergies.
Caring for a child with an allergy to peanuts or other foods is like living in a minefield. Every meal, snack time, or holiday celebration is an occasion for parents to worry that their child may accidentally eat the allergenic food and suffer a life-threatening reaction.
There isn’t a clear-cut answer to why some people have them while others don’t, but scientists do have one particular guess. The hygiene hypothesis is the idea that our exceedingly sterile environments are contributing to the development of allergies, asthma, and other autoimmune illnesses.
New research out of Australia appears to have found a way to train the human body to overcome a peanut allergy, one of the most common and deadly allergies in the world.
Chamomile and lavender, common ingredients in cosmetics and many other household items, sometimes cause people to develop allergies after repeated exposure. The European Union is considering a warning label for just that reason.
Dr. Kari Nadeau is one of the scientists at the forefront of food allergy research. She directs the Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research, SAFAR, at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Because false positives and false negatives are common, it's recommended that children only undergo allergy tests when absolutely needed.
Head chef Patrick Friesen has had it with your faked gluten allergy, your nonexistent shellfish sensitivity, and any other questionable dinnertime affectation that alters the way he prepares your food.
The reasons for the rising number of allergies are not fully understood, but here are six theories...
It isn’t clear why women develop more drug allergies than men, including a condition called multiple-drug-intolerance syndrome...
Millions of people suffer from hives or shortness of breath when they encounter everyday exposures such as pollens or peanuts. In their most favorable light you could think of your allergies as a really annoying super power, with telltale wheezing signaling your body senses the presence of something that you don’t see or consciously smell. Despite decades of inquiry, however, scientists remain unable to pin down why allergies occur.
Allergic Living is the No. 1 news website and e-magazine on food allergies and environmental allergies.
Learn about allergies, their symptoms, and how to find relief through allergist care and treatment.
Anu Rao is the Allergy Foodie. When he was just four months old, Rao’s son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies.
With a background in food and nutrition, Rao stays on top of issues like ingredient listings, new recipes, and substitute foods. Her goal is to help friends, family, and others dealing with food allergies to “thrive without” the top eight food allergens.
Learn about all the ways your allergies can show up and the common symptoms and triggers associated with them. Recognizing the typical signs is a step towards getting some relief.
Smart Moms. Safe Kids. Practical and Emotional Support for Parenting Children with Food Allergies.
The mission of the AllergyKids Foundation is to make clean and safe food affordable to all children. Our goal is to restore the health of our children and the integrity of our food supply for families today and for future generations.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America promotes advocacy for public policies to improve the quality of life for people with asthma and allergies. Our focus is primarily on better access to care, more prevention and increasing funding for research — these core principles drive our policy agenda and our day-to-day advocacy work.
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics is the leading nonprofit family health organization whose mission is to eliminate unnecessary suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, advocacy and outreach.
AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com is a website devoted to ideas that are within the guidelines set by accredited medical authorities for treatment of asthma and allergies. We will not provide a platform for theories or approaches that do not meet the standards our physicians use in their clinical practice.
Best Allergy Sites is a food allergy information guide and directory covering peanut allergy, tree nut allergy, dairy allergy, egg allergy, gluten free living and more.
Cookbook author Cybele Pascal is also known as “the allergy-friendly cook.” As the mother of a food-allergic family, Pascal has focused her career on “working to make the world a safer and more delicious place for eaters everywhere, one recipe at a time.”
Pascal’s site focuses on helping readers live “free-to-eat” without the top eight allergens. Here you’ll find new recipes, tips on allergen-free products, and tidbits from her life.
FARE enhances the lives of individuals with food allergies empowering them to lead safe, productive lives with the respect of others through education and advocacy initiatives and improved awareness around healthcare options and treatment.
Want to share ways to enjoy the allergen-free good things in life? You’ve come to the right place at Food Allergy Buzz. “Jennifer B” started this site on a quest to spread the word about notable news related to allergy-free living.
More than a great resource for increasing food allergy awareness, the site has an element of advocacy as well. It provides notifications about local food allergy awareness activities and offers resources for sending kids with food allergies back to school.
Elizabeth Goldenberg, a Canadian lawyer and mother, started OneSpot Allergy as a way to educate those with all types of allergies about legal and safety concerns.
OneSpot Allergy contains a list of links to others’ allergy-specific blogs–from gluten and milk to nuts. Goldenberg also posts warnings about popular products that contain allergens, and makes recommendations for allergy-friendly products.
Pollen.com provides allergy information and weather forecasts you can use everyday.
If you suffer from allergies like hay fever, you need accurate, reliable, timely information that allows you to consistently manage your symptoms and take control of your life! Pollen.com is the revolutionary new online resource that provides you and all allergy sufferers with essential tools to do just that.
Wondering how to allergy-proof your bedding? Deciding which vacuum is the best to save your family from sneezing? Check out the Achoo Allergy Blog.
This reliable site bills itself as the nation’s fastest-growing allergy, asthma, and sinus relief products store. However, customer education is also important to the site’s mission. You’ll find plenty of news, tips, and topics related to allergy and asthma relief on Achoo Allergy Blog.
The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an international umbrella organization whose members consist of 92 regional and national allergology and clinical immunology societies from around the world. By collaborating with member societies, WAO provides direct educational outreach programs, symposia and lectureships to members in nearly 100 countries around the globe.
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergy symptoms of allergies range from making you miserable to putting you at risk for life-threatening reactions.
Thank you for visiting the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) website. There are millions of people in Europe with asthma, allergy and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We work to support them by sharing information about their conditions and by advocating on their behalf in parliament.
As amazing as the immune system is, it sometimes makes mistakes. Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system. The allergic immune system misidentifies an otherwise innocuous substance as harmful, and then attacks the substance with a ferocity far greater than required.
Jennifer is the mom of Tristan, a child who has eczema, allergies, and asthma. She started the Itchy Little World blog to share her family’s stories of using an integrative approach to battling the conditions.
Itchy Little World features news and stories from guest bloggers and professionals alongside Jennifer’s posts. This blog will help you in your own journey towards itch-free, sneeze-free, wheeze-free days.
Kids With Food Allergies Blog is a product of the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA). The organization’s goal is to spread awareness and to provide families who have allergic kids with essential information.
The blog offers a wealth of tips and tricks for parents: from free webinars to live chat events, and recipes. You’ll find everything you need to cope with your child’s special requirements.
Colette Martin, the “allergen-free baker,” shares information and solutions for busy families with multiple food allergies on her blog Learning to Eat Allergy-Free.
Martin is a food allergy mom and expert on baking allergen-free. She acquired her skill set after her son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, causing her to reinvent how her family ate meals. The result is a wonderful site that parents will turn to time and time again.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.
No Gluten, No Problem dubs itself as “one-stop shopping for gluten-free recipes, product and restaurant reviews, commentary, and much more.” No Gluten, No Problem is the online creation of gluten experts Peter and Kelli Bronski–who are also authors of three books on gluten-free cooking, nutrition, and training.
Whether you’re looking for ideas for gluten-free foods or profiles of athletes who have shifted to a gluten-free diet, you’ll find all the evidence you need to realize that no gluten is no problem.
As the mom of a daughter who lives with life-threatening nut allergies, Jenny Kales started a blog called The Nut-Free Mom to spread the word to other parents. Kales’s award-winning blog is now the leading parenting site in North America for families living with peanut and tree nut allergies.
The Nut-Free Mom adds a touch of humor to a serious subject with helpful tips and nut-free recipes. It’s clear why this blogger has become so popular with parents.
The severity of allergies varies from person to person and can range from minor irritation to anaphylaxis – a potentially life-threatening emergency. While most allergies can't be cured, a number of treatments can help relieve your allergy symptoms.
Allergies can cause a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling or asthma. Symptoms vary. Although allergies can make you feel bad, they usually won't kill you. However, a severe reaction called anaphylaxis is life-threatening.
There has to be something you can do to feel better. After all, doctors seem to have a cure for everything, right? Not for allergies. But there are ways to relieve allergy symptoms or avoid getting the symptoms, even though you can't actually get rid of the allergies themselves.