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: OK, I’ll admit it—some of my best friends are doctors. This article is not specific to allergy/immunology but I found it thought-provoking.
All the doctors I know went to medical school because they wanted to treat patients or do medial research. NONE went so he or she could make a lot of money. In fact, in this day of insurance company driven medicine, any of us will tell you the profession is less lucrative than it once was. But, we are all still here, rather than running hedge funds! Why? Because we like what we do for a living.
Wouldn’t I love to be a “Norman Rockwell” doctor? Continue reading “AMERICA’S LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH DOCTORS”
FCAAIA Notes: I firmly believe that patients and families with food allergy must “live their lives”. Far too often, I see people crippled by fear because of food allergy. A big part of my advice is, “Relax!” Do not let your food allergy control you; you should control your food allergy.
There is a misconception about the frequency of fatal food anaphylaxis. There are fewer than 100 (and perhaps as few as 20) food-anaphylactic fatalities per year in the United States. That does not imply we should be cavalier. In contrast, it is important to remain vigilant and diligent. Continue reading “EATING OUT WITH A FOOD ALLERGY IN THE UK: CHANGE IN THE EATING OUT PRACTICES OF CONSUMERS WITH FOOD ALLERGY FOLLOWING INTRODUCTION OF ALLERGEN INFORMATION LEGISLATION”
FCAAIA Notes: Chronic urticaria (hives) are those present for 6 weeks or longer. Unfortunately, the vast majority of chronic urticaria are “idiopathic” (CIU). That is, they do not have an identifiable and avoidable trigger. Collectively, these are called chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU)
CSU is a completely benign condition with exception of its impact on quality of life. Itch probably has the greatest impact on quality of life as it can result in sleep disturbance and loss of productivity at work and school and the unsightly appearance results in absenteeism for work and school. Continue reading “THE BURDEN OF CHRONIC SPONTANEOUS URTICARIA IS SUBSTANTIAL: REAL‐WORLD EVIDENCE FROM ASSURE‐CSU”