Alexandria Durrell: Irritated By Allergies

Aug
28
2014

Bacteria May Be A Key To Fighting Food Allergies

Yet Another Reason to "Go With Your Gut"

Could food allergies be prevented with this bacteria?

My son was born with a terrible rash. So bad, in fact, that the insensitive nurses referred to him as, "The baby with the face." Of course, at birth we had no idea what we were in for, and I didn't realize that food was to blame.

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Aug
25
2014
Just how dangerous are nuts on board airplanes?

I rely on Allergic Living to give me straight answers to the questions we in the allergy community ask. They're full of great information and articles, and I really enjoy following them on Twitter and Facebook, too.

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Aug
25
2014

Peanut Butter & Jelly SODA?

Has Jones Soda Lost Their Minds?

Is this peanut butter flavoured soda a threat to those with allergies?

Jones Soda has released a Peanut Butter & Jelly-flavoured drink as a limited edition, offering it in some retailers across the Toronto area (and elsewhere). Red flag alert, right? Get on sharing far and wide, right?

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Aug
14
2014

Airline Passenger Nearly Kills Little Girl

Passenger Opened Package of Nuts Despite Warnings

This little girl nearly died of anaphylaxis thanks to one selfish passenger.

I really wish there were more positive news stories about allergies. I wish we reported more on how amazing people are, and how accommodating everyone is regarding life-threatening allergies. I mean, wouldn't we all like to live in a much more tolerant world? It's scary out there these days, and I think we're losing touch with humanity a little.

But I'm off track a little. Back to the allergy news.

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Aug
11
2014

Can A Bug Bite Turn You Vegetarian?

Tick Bites Lead to Severe Meat Allergy

Tick bites are causing meat allergies in the U.S.

Turns out, ticks are even more disgusting than we already thought. One specific type, the "Lone Star Tick" has been causing problems for meat lovers across many parts of the United States. Apparently, the ticks carry a form of sugar ("alpha-gal") that humans can tolerate when eaten in beef, pork, venison, and rabbit, but if bitten by a tick, the sugar enters the bloodstream, and that's when problems happen.

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Aug
08
2014
An unknown nut allergy caused an international flight to be diverted.

Well, this is absolutely terrifying. A nine-year-old girl on board a United Airlines flight, heading to New Jersey from Dublin, suffered an allergic reaction mid-flight, causing the plane to be diverted back to Dublin. The girl had apparently never shown signs of allergy previously, so can you just imagine the sheer panic when her face started to balloon up and they realized she was having an anaphylactic reaction?

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Aug
06
2014
Do hypoallergenic dogs exist?

"My child is very allergic to dogs, which breeds are hypoallergenic?"
"My dog has hair, not fur, so he's hypoallergenic."
"This dog doesn't shed, it's hypoallergenic."

W-R-O-N-G

There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.

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Aug
06
2014

Pink Pepperberries And Nut Allergies

Should Those With Cashew Allergies be Afraid?

Are pink peppercorns deadly for those with nut allergies?

I've been trying to digest the latest buzz in the allergy worldthe news that if you're allergic to cashews, you need to be on hyper-alert for pink pepperberries, as well. Since pepper is in, oh, everything, and we already worry about enough already, I really wanted to see how legit this worry was before posting about it here.

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Aug
06
2014
How to not be an online bully

Let's face it, we don't all like one another. Whenever someone says, "Can't we all just get along?" I reply with, "Nope, but we could all try a little respect." I teach my kids that the reality of life is that we won't always like other people. Personalities clash, behaviours don't jive, beliefs won't meshwhatever the reason, conflict is a normal part of life.

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Aug
01
2014

Spreading Allergy Awareness Is My Goal

The More We Talk, The More Others Understand

The more we talk about allergies, the more other people understand them.

If given the chance, I can talk about allergies for hours on end. I enjoy listening to people discuss their experiences with them, and I pride myself on keeping up-to-date on the latest news and research in the allergy world. Many say it's clear that I have a passion for discussing allergies, and I guess that's true. And I am willing to bet it's pretty annoying for a lot of people, too.

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Jul
30
2014

Vaccine For Dust Mite Allergy

Lab Tests Have Shown Success in Reducing Reactions

Could a dust mite vaccine be on the horizon?

Sure, it's summer, and the allergens abound, not to mention the "pollen vortex" that hit us hard this past spring. But do you know that Canadians spend upwards of 90% of their time indoors? It's true. Most of us work indoors, so spend the majority of our lives cooped up inside, which means allergies to dust mites are more of a hassle than outdoor allergens for many.

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Jul
28
2014
8 Tips for Avoiding Mosquitos

My daughter has such awful reactions to mosquito bites that she's adverse to even going outside when the skeeters start to come out. And forget camping with her. It's interesting that she is the one who gets bitten so often when my son, who has virtually no reaction to bites at all, rarely gets a bite. Whassup wit dat, mosquitoes? The poor kid's eye completely swelled shut while we were on vacation thanks to one tiny bite. 

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Jul
24
2014

Quebec Mayor Dies Of Unknown Wasp Allergy

Many People Are Unaware They're Allergic

Lucie Roussel, a Quebec mayor, died of multiple wasp stings and an undiagnosed allergy.

Lucie Roussel, mayor of the La Prairie community near Montreal, died after being stung by wasps many times. While gardening, she stepped on a wasp nest and was stung 15 times. At only 51 years old, she leaves behind two teenage children (who already lost their father to a heart attack).

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Jul
23
2014

Eating In Restaurants With Food Allergies

Eating Out is More Frightening than Fun

Eating out is scary when food allergies are involved.

Remember my family's epic road trip last summer, and my continual fears about my son's food allergies while eating on the road? Well, this year we chose to fly to Newfoundland to visit my parents, but it sure doesn't feel like I'm worrying any less.

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Jul
15
2014

Are You Allergic To Your iPad?

Reactions After iPad Use Could Indicate Nickel Allergy

Reactions after iPad use may indicate nickel allergies

We all feel a little allergic to technology on occasion, don't we? Well, recent reports indicate that allergies to iPads are the real deal. But it may not be for reasons you think.

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Jul
04
2014

Nut-Free "Nutella" Recipe

Delicious Safe Alternative for Nut-Allergic People

Nut Free Nutella Spread Recipe
One of the reasons I love Twitter so much is that I get to meet all kinds of wonderful people with amazing allergy resources to share. One such person is Shirley Plant—a nutritionist, dietary consultant, and the author of Finally...

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Jun
30
2014
An interview with Lisa Rutter of No Nuts Moms Group

When Mason was diagnosed with food allergies, I spent a long time researching and reaching out to other allergy parents for information. It's a pretty scary diagnosis, and it never really feels like I have a handle on it, because theories change, research is being done, products change . . . finding support is so key to keeping sane!

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Jun
24
2014

Being "Scentsitive" Is No Joke

Allergies To Fragrances Are Legit

Scent allergies can be deadly. Do you know how you can help?

Rosa Silk knows all too well just how deadly those teen-friendly body sprays can be. In Allergic Living's Story of the Month, Silk discusses her son Brandon's severe allergy to the chemicals in sprays like Axe Body Spray.

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Jun
16
2014

Are We Too Clean?

Exposure To Germs Key To Preventing Allergies

Could exposure to things like cockroach poop and mouse dander be the key to preventing allergies?

A new study out of Johns Hopkins seems to indicate that exposing newborns to things like dust, germs, and allergens may actually help them build tolerances and prevent allergies and asthma later in life. The study tracked more than 450 inner-city newborns who had been exposed to mouse and cat dander, cockroach droppings, and more absolutely disgusting sounding environmental germies, yet they wheezed far less than their counterparts in cleaner homes. 

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