FCAAIA Notes: Food allergy has significant impact on quality of life for patients and their families. I work hard to have my patients live entirely normal lives with the exception of avoiding the offending foods. Be vigilant and diligent about reading labels and asking servers, but go out to eat. Go to parties and ball games. Enjoy all the social activities you would if you didn’t have food allergy.
While the Food and Drug Administration requires that food manufactures clearly identify the presence of common food allergens in the product on their labels (milk, egg, wheat soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame), many companies place various “disclaimers” on their labels. Statements such as, “May contain….”, Processed on…..”, and “Packaged in….” have no legal definition Continue reading “PEDIATRIC FOOD ALLERGIES: PITFALLS IN CURRENT FOOD LABELING REGULATIONS”
FCAAIA Notes: I have posted a couple articles about alpha-gal in this blog. In contrast to more typical allergic reactions, alpha-gal differs in that reactions do not usually start quickly after ingestion. Onset may take at least 4-6 hours (as compared to less than 30 minutes in more typical cases). Interestingly, because of the immune mechanisms involved, we still call alpha-gal allergy “immediate type hypersensitivity”.
This review is interesting and useful because Continue reading “ALPHA-GAL CHALLENGES FOOD ALLERGY PARADIGM”
FCAAIA Notes: I’m so far behind schedule in updating our website, that this review isn’t such news anymore. But, it is a good reminder that our approach to feeding infants highly allergenic foods took a 180º turn several years or so ago.
It is now clear that early introduction and continued feeding of peanut and egg (if tolerated) greatly decreases the likelihood of the infant becoming allergic. Although there are no data that the same thing holds for other foods, we have no reason to believe it does not. Continue reading “PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR PEANUT ALLERGIES”
FCAAIA Notes: I do not want to see my patients with food allergy crippled by their dietary limitations. They and their families should live entirely normal lives with exception of avoiding the offending food(s).
I know accidents happen, so like the Boy Scouts, it is important to “Be Prepared”. Continue reading “KIDS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES OFTEN PUT AT RISK BY THEIR PARENTS”