Alexandria Durrell: Irritated By Allergies

Dec
27
2015

Peanut Patch Offers Life Changing Hope

Tolerance Key to Preventing Reactions

Peanut patch that treats deadly allergies enters final human trials.

There's been a lot of buzz in the last couple years about a peanut patch that may offer tolerance for those who suffer severe peanut allergies. It's basically the same idea as a nicotine patch -- slap this little sticky patch on your arm, and small amounts of peanut protein will be absorbed into the skin, hopefully helping the body build a tolerance.

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Dec
16
2015

Yes! Even People with Peanut Allergies Can Eat These Nuts!

Royal Nuts: Dry Roasted, Peanut Allergy Friendly Morsels of Perfection

Yes! Even People with Peanut Allergies Can Eat These Nuts!

Last year, a friend shared some nutty news with me — she'd discovered peanut-free nuts and seeds at her local grocery store from a company called Royal Nuts (find out how to get them in YOUR local store below!).

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Dec
09
2015
Quirky Christmas Allergens to Watch Out For - Not to be the Grinch who stole Christmas, but the sparkle and joy of the holidays also come with many hazards to those with allergies. | Health | YummyMummyClub.ca

Hi, everyone, it's me, Debbie Downer again! I'm here to tell you that with the sparkle and joy of the Christmas holidays come allergens. Allergies often spike over the holiday season, since we're trapped inside with our allergens. As if the cold and snow this time of year wasn't depressing enough, we can't even get an allergy reprieve! But it's ok, I'm not just a bearer of bad news. I'm here with some tips for keeping your allergies at bay over the Christmas season:

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Dec
08
2015

Sanofi Updates Recall on Allerject

Ugh, Allerject, What is Happening?

Allerject Recall Updated | YummyMummyClub.ca

Sanofi, I want to love your Allerject® epinephrine auto-injector, I really, really do. The size is just so perfect for popping into pockets, and it fits my tiny son so perfectly. I love that the device has a calm voice recording that walks people through the injection process. I rely on your product to save the life of my child if he should ever suffer an anaphylactic reaction, but with multiple recalls in less than one year, the trust is gone.  I told everyone how much I loved your product in the past, but it's time we break up.

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Nov
30
2015

Why Allergic Kids Need to be Vaccinated Against the Flu Too

It's Our Job to Protect Those Who Need Protection the Most

Why Allergic Kids Need to be Vaccinated Against the Flu Too

My son was born with many food and environmental allergies, and his immune system often seems...a little confused. It likes to throw us curve balls: reacting to things that should be totally safe for him, making him susceptible to every germ that floats through his school, and giving him asthma. He recently spent four days in the hospital after what I thought would be a quick visit to the ER for bronchitis. As it turned out, he was having a very severe asthma attack - but before that, we didn't even know he had asthma. Seeing him struggle to breathe was so scary.

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Nov
27
2015

Let's Just Stop Growing Peanuts

Hamilton Considers Banning Peanuts from Public Buildings

Hamilton Considers Banning Peanuts from Public Buildings - That will solve the peanut allergy problem, right? This food allergy blogger disagrees | YummyMummyClub.ca

You know I'm all for protecting people with food allergies, but I think sometimes our fear takes precedence over reality. Food bans are a hot topic in the allergy community, and I've been on the receiving end of some hate over my hesitation to support them without question. There's actually little proof that blanket food bans really keep anaphylactic people safe: many experts feel they're ineffective.

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Nov
13
2015

The Life Changing Disease You've Never Heard About

Itching, Swelling, Rashes, and More Characterize This Painful Disease

This disease makes life painful, but you've probably never heard of it before. Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria is a challenge for many. | Wellness | Medicine | YummyMummyClub.ca

We all know what hives are, don't we? Raised, itchy patches that can drive allergic people completely bonkers. Most of the time, hives are caused by an allergic reaction. And when that happens, antihistamines reduce the swelling, and the hives disappear within a fairly short amount of time. Some people, however, live their lives with what's known as Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria.

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An adoptee has some things to say to Chelsea O'Donnell about her relationship with her "adopted" mother.

Chelsea O'Donnell was adopted at just two months of age by Rosie O'Donnell. This past summer, she and her mother were at the centre of some hot gossip when Rosie reported Chelsea had run away, but Chelsea claimed Rosie had kicked her out. In every single media headline, Rosie was referred to as Chelsea's "adopted mother". Oof. It would appear from the outside that the two of them clash quite a bit, which frankly is nothing strange for a teenager and her mom.

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Nov
06
2015

Babies, New Foods, and Allergies: What You Need to Know

What we once thought about some allergens is now no longer the case

New Regulations for Food Introduction May Prevent Allergies

When we were kids, television was in black and white, we walked to school uphill both ways (in the snow), and we had no internet. Childhood for my kids - who are now nine- and five-years-old has changed a lot - even since they were babies. One major difference is when we were told to introduce foods to them. We were advised to avoid the major allergens until at least one year of age (and up to three years in some cases).

That is no longer the case.

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Nov
06
2015

10 Lessons I Want My Kids to Learn

(None of them are common core math)

10 Lessons I Want My Kids to Learn - Life would be a whole lot easier if we all learned these lessons. |  YummyMummyClub.ca

Life's tricky. I'm 40 and I still don't have it all figured out. In fact, I make (big) mistakes on the regular, so I might not be the one to start doling out life advice, but since when has incompetency stopped me before? 

Here are some lessons I really hope my kids learn before I did. Because life would've been a whole lot easier had I known this stuff before now.
 

Embrace Your Weird

 

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Nov
03
2015

Turns Out Hanging Around Barnyards is Good for Your Kids

Asthma Less Common in Kids Exposed to Dogs, Farm Animals

Hanging out with animals decreases kids' asthma risk, who knew?

Asthma has increased dramatically over the last few decades, with 500 adults dying of asthma each year (and about 20 kids). That's scary stuff. I know for my family, we tried to keep the indoor air clean when our kids were babies, especially since my husband has a number of allergies and asthma. We figured that keeping the air as clean as possible would help boost their immune systems and hopefully ward off asthma and allergies. Boy, were we ever wrong.

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Oct
30
2015

Happy Candy Corn Day!

Candy Corn is One Seriously Divisive Treat

Love it or hate it, candy corn sure gets people talking.

Hooray! October 30th is National Candy Corn Day!

Created in the 1880s, this tiny Halloween treat sure causes some big reactions. Here are 10 times candy corn has divided humanity:

 

But... I love cole slaw.
 

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Oct
29
2015

Allerject Recall ALERT

20 reports of malfunction

Allerject recall in Canada

Sanofi Canada has issued a voluntary recall of all Allerject units currently on the market. The recall includes both strengths for all customers. Apparently they may have inaccurate dosages, which can be extremely problematic if needed for an anaphylactic reaction. 

There have been more than 20 reports of device malfunctions, which sounds troublesome, but considering there are more than 2.7 million units out there in the market, that's not a huge number. But as we know, there's no room for error when dealing with anaphylaxis. 

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Oct
13
2015

This Probiotic Cures Dairy Allergies

Gut Health Key to Eliminating Allergies

can milk allergies be helped with probiotic

Food allergies are on the rise, but the causes still baffle scientists. Researchers constantly seek reasons why the increase is happening, and how to stop or reverse the trend. In results released in August of 2014, a study from the University of Chicago made huge waves in the allergy community. They found that increasing the amount of Clostridia, a common gut bacteria, protected people against food allergies.

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Sep
29
2015

What You Need to Know About Oral Food Challenges

Top Tips from Dr. Adelle Atkinson of SickKids

oral challenges for allergy testing

Food allergies are confusing. Ask anyone who deals with them, and you'll find that answers vary from patient to patient and doctor to doctor. What we thought were facts have been proven false, and knowledge changes so rapidly, it's hard to stay on top of things. So I went straight to one of the foremost allergy experts for information about oral "food challenges" (OFCs). Dr. Adelle Atkinson is a clinical immunologist in the Division of Immunology and Allergy at SickKids Hospital, and she's also the mom of an allergic kid.

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Sep
24
2015

Student's Death Prompts Food Handling Practice Reviews

Canadian Universities Strengthen Food Allergy Practices

Teen's death prompts Canadian universities to strengthen food allergy management procedures.

First year Queen's University student Andrea Mariano died from an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts, according to her family; she was just 18 years-old. It's frightening to think that an allergic reaction can wipe out a life so quickly. We think that once our kids are out of primary school, they're safer.

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Sep
15
2015
The best cheap and cheerful EpiPen or Allerject case ever!

My son started self-carrying his epinephrine auto-injector in senior kindergarten, and now that he's off to grade one, it was important for him to have a sturdy way to have his life-saving medications on him at all times. The thing is, carrying cases for kids can be so expensive! $20 or more, and then shipping on top of that, since no local stores carry them. I made him one before, but it was flimsy and cumbersome for him to use, so we've been looking for something reasonable for awhile now.

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Sep
11
2015

Are Classroom Food Bans Driving You Mad?

What Schools Should be Doing to Protect Kids With Allergies

school lunch food bans

What kind of person would resist a wheelchair ramp being installed to make the life of one student easier? Is that you? Are you the kind of person who, when asked to turn your music down at 11pm, complains about your rights being trampled on just because a neighbour wants to sleep? Are you against accommodating people with autism or ensuring those who practice different religions are treated fairly and equitably? Who complains that they can't send a food their kid likes to school because it can kill another child?

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Aug
28
2015

I'm So Sick Of Talking About Allergies

Allergies Have Taken Over My Life

Allergies

You know how I came to write this blog, and why speaking about allergies is so important to me. You know that my son (and millions of other people) can die from ingesting an allergen. You may read this blog because you deal with allergies in your family, or maybe you read it because you're just a kind, sympathetic person.

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Aug
25
2015
dealing with food allergies

Food allergies are increasingly common in Canada (more than 2.5 million Canadians have them), but when it's your own child diagnosed with one, it's scary, isolating, and overwhelming. My son was an infant when we discovered he was allergic to many foods, but allergies can happen at any age. When they do, it's difficult to see the positive in a very life-threatening situation, but as someone who has dealt with these allergies for almost six years, I promise it'll get easier.

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