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5/18/12 2:08 PM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
Did you know? There is not enough evidence to recommend routine food allergy testing before introducing highly allergenic foods (such as milk, egg, and peanut) to children who are at a high risk of reacting to these foods. Children at high risk are...
 
Demystifying Oral Food Challenges
12/5/13 11:53 AM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
Demystifying Oral Food Challenges by Nancy Polmear-Swendris, MS Ed, RN Perhaps your child has had a known food allergy for some time, and now there's reason to believe that the allergy may have been outgrown. Maybe you're in the initial diagnosis...
 
5/17/13 11:24 AM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
Did you know?  The experts recommend using oral food challenges under physician supervision for diagnosing food allergy.  The double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge is the “gold standard.”  However, a...
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
1/8/13 2:47 PM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
FOOD ALLERGIES AND CROSS-REACTIVITY by Vaishali Mankad, MD A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to a food.  The most common type of food allergy results from the immune system making a type of antibody called IgE to...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
9/30/12 6:07 PM
 
What You Need to Know About Diagnostic Allergy Testing by David Stukus, MD Whenever I meet with families for the first time and ask the parents whether their child has any food allergies, I often hear the following reply: “I don't...
 
Using a Food Diary to Help Sort Food Allergies Out
1/6/14 12:28 PM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
Is It Allergy? by David Hauswirth, MD, FAAAAI  There are times when a patient thinks they are reacting to a food or having symptoms as a result of eating certain foods. In these cases, food diaries – or, perhaps more accurately,...
 
1/7/14 8:14 PM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
Link to full video Dateline NBC investigates the disparity in asthma diagnosis and treatment for children in poverty. Their investigation revealed shocking reasons why these kids are more at risk: landlord neglect in building maintenance.
 
2013 Food Allergy Webinar Series Highlights
12/4/13 4:34 PM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
OUR EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR SERIES TEACHES PRACTICAL FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT The mission of Kids With Food Allergies is to improve the day-to-day lives of families raising children with food allergies and empower them to create a safe and healthy future...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
8/29/13 12:50 AM
 
Comment by Missy24 offline
My son ate cashews by the handful with absolutely no reaction and then went into anaphylactic shock after eating one.  How does that fit into this?  This stated that if you can eat something without reaction you aren't allergic.  He...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
8/29/13 6:36 AM
 
Comment by aost offline
Missy24, sorry to hear that your son had a severe reaction to cashew. Unfortunately you can develop allergies at any time, so in his case he was not allergic before but then became allergic.  The article is referring to testing positive to a food...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
7/6/13 7:13 PM
 
Comment by Stfne offline
Lots of great comments here and hope there is room for a question. Can you discuss puddle testing?
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/5/12 5:26 PM
 
Comment by aost offline
Recent research shows that the flu shot is tolerated by almost everyone with an egg allergy:  http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=163&title=Is_the_flu_vaccine_safe_for_egg_allergy?   My son gets his flu shot in...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/5/12 5:39 PM
 
Comment by DeirdreRiley offline
The predictive values for likelihood of an allergy being present differ with every food, but in general, the higher the level, the more likely that an IgE mediated allergy is present. My daughter actually tested negative several times to some things...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/8/12 7:53 AM
 
Comment by gale1965 offline
My daughter (now 16 years old) was diagnosed at age 2 and had two subsequent positive skin tests to peanuts and tree nuts, but has never had a reaction at all other than her first (to walnut) at about 1 yr old. So I was hoping that the peanut positive...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
1/4/13 9:39 PM
 
Comment by livewellnutrition offline
Regarding the MRT and it's usefulness for the treatment of food sensitivities, not food allergies... The absence of a particular type of reference on PubMed does not denote the absence of clinical utility in the treatment of the targeted...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/16/12 9:51 AM
 
Comment by Lynda offline
Maggie - I would say discussion about egg free flu shots is outside the scope of this particular blog post - but I can tell you we will be doing a blog post in the near future about egg allergy and flu vaccine, so that should provide some more insight...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/16/12 10:15 AM
 
Comment by DeirdreRiley offline
Yes, we've been seeing allergists since she was 6 or 9 months old.  We have moved a couple of times and had to switch allergists and it can be confusing, some say lip swelling alone is anaphylaxis, what she had with banana and mustard, and...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:08 AM
 
Comment by LSK offline
Thank you! What a great resource!
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 8:42 AM
 
Comment by janmumx4 offline
Very concise and to the point, thanks ! I cant remember how many times I have said that test results don't indicate  severity !
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:54 PM
 
Comment by MNetravali offline
This is a well well written article and explains the issues involved in diagnosis of food allergies very well!
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 8:59 AM
 
I'd like to thank everyone for posting such wonderful comments. I'd like to address two topics that were mentioned so far:   1. Eczema and food allergies can be a very difficult and complicated topic, which may need it's own blog post...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 9:26 AM
 
Comment by Jennifer Roberge offline
Hi MulanMommy -   It's incredible what food can do to the body - good or bad. In our son's case, he now has severe reactions, borderline anaphylaxis, with dairy, soy, gluten, corn, and tree nuts. He can not even have one bite - or a trace. Still...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/3/12 8:18 PM
 
Comment by niagrafalls offline
Thank you for the article. Could you provide additional information regarding EE and testing please?
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/3/12 9:16 PM
 
Comment by camnicemm offline
Any thoughts or direction on behavioral issues due to food? My now 6 year old daughter never had any stomach issues, eczema, or anything else, but she became absolutely uncontrollable (threatening to kill me, punching, kicking)after a strep infection...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/4/12 7:23 AM
 
Comment by Lynda offline
I would say that EE and testing is another complicated topic best addressed with its own blog post in the future and the issue of behavioral reactions to foods is another one outside the scope of what this blog post was intended to cover. Both would...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/4/12 2:11 PM
 
Comment by Maggie K offline
I had my son tested IgE with an allergist because of his eczema condition.  We knew his allergy to milk at age of one, hives right after 1 oz of whole milk.  He was bs mostly the first 6 months, then alimentum after.  He...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:25 AM
 
Comment by Jennifer Roberge offline
Thank you for this very detailed explanation. However, I'm not sure I agree with this statement "if your child can eat a food without developing any symptoms, then they are unlikely to be allergic to that food." My son has tested negative to pretty...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:50 AM
 
Comment by Melissst offline
Wow, that's great information thank you.  I'm just wondering what you suggest since we fall into the category of my son being tested for allergies at a young age due to his eczema; however, he never tried any of the food before. Now we have an...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:12 PM
 
Comment by njlisa offline
My daughter is now 13 and has always had belly issues.  She had skin and RAST testing done as a toddler with no indications of food allergies.  At 11 her belly isues worsened and RAST testing was redone with nujmerous positive results. ...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:12 PM
 
Comment by livewellnutrition offline
I think it's important to differentiate between "food allergy" (IgE mediated) and "food sensitivity". Both are immune mediated reactions, but involve different mediators (chemicals). Both are reactions brought on by food and both can make you very...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 2:36 PM
 
We're going to invite Dr. Stukus to reply to some of the questions here. He won't be able to give you medical advice, of course, but he may be able to give out general information about the issues you have brought up.   Eczema is a tough one to...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 2:58 PM
 
Comment by SW Missouri offline
What advice to you give to parents of children with eczema/asthma who may have false positives from IgE testing?  My daughter's IgE numbers are off the charts, and we've been avoiding likely allergens.  The only food she's (accidently)...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 6:56 PM
 
Comment by MulanMommy offline
Jennifer: AGREED!!! DS was tested low score on WHEAT & SOY both skin test and blood test, we never took it seriously only avoided wheat by itself (wheat bread) and soy by itself (tofu, soybean..etc) but since birth he had eczema and stuffy nose...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 7:03 PM
 
Comment by Lynda offline
For those of you posting about eczema - you are invited to join us in our Asthma, Eczema and GERD forum as well!  Just log in as you did to comment on this blog, and scroll down the list of forums to find it. Or you can go there directly by...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 1:40 PM
 
Comment by lindsayanne0 offline
Originally Posted by Jennifer Roberge: Thank you for this very detailed explanation. However, I'm not sure I agree with this statement "if your child can eat a food without developing any symptoms, then they are unlikely to be allergic to that food."...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 4:19 PM
 
Comment by Lynda offline
Lindsay - right.  Good doctor-patient partnerships are key, especially for complicated cases such as eczema. As Dr. Stukus indicates, the evaluation and care for complicated eczema cases needs to be individualized for the child.   Thank you...
 
4/24/13 11:54 AM
 
Comment by HealthyMama offline
Thanks for this info, but this is frustrating. My allergist wants to re-test (skin test) my daughter at 10 months before we begin introducing the top 8. Isn't it better to test rather than potentially have an at-home reaction to something that might...
 
4/24/13 12:16 PM
 
Comment by Monster Mom online
What I get from that is that the testing itself could be false and not worth it. however if a child is at risk, there are other safe methods to introduce those foods, like an in office challenge.
 
4/24/13 1:46 PM
 
Comment by HealthyMama offline
Thanks MonsterMom  Yes, I guess the part that's missing is what will we do if she DOES test positive to a food?  As you said, i suppose an office challenge is in the works.  Going to definitely ask the allergist!
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/29/13 11:36 AM
 
Comment by Kara Bidden-Hackman offline
My daughter is allergic to cow's milk, egg, peanut and tree nut.  She is 5 years old and has eaten apples (raw or cooked) without any issue for years.  Last spring/summer she started complaining of itchy mouth after eating apples (in raw...
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/29/13 11:38 AM
 
Comment by cheymom offline
Hi Kara!  That sounds like Oral Allergy Syndrome to me.  My dd has OAS.  I would consult with your allergist to see if cooked apples are okay or if you should avoid.  
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
1/16/13 8:17 PM
 
Comment by Iumom offline
Very interesting information. It makes a lot of sense. My kids both have pollen allergies and both have had reactions/sensitivities to some fruits and pine nuts.
 
2013 Food Allergy Webinar Series Highlights
12/4/13 4:46 PM
 
Comment by melkorey offline
Each webinar video is approximately one-hour long.  I recommend picking out a few topics and watching some of these during the winter break.  There is a lot of great information in these videos for parents, grandparents, teachers, school...
 
Demystifying Oral Food Challenges
12/9/13 7:10 AM
 
Comment by remo davis offline
Whenever we give egg to our child he vomits.I didnt knew about egg allergy. Initially we thought it is because the child hates egg or may be due other stomach problems.So we didnt often gave egg to him thinking the child may not like it .It was his...
 
Demystifying Oral Food Challenges
12/9/13 11:48 AM
 
Comment by Kathy P offline
Welcome to KFA Remo!  I'm glad you have someone who helped connect the dots for the egg allergy.  Please let us know how we can help! We can help w/ egg free recipes or navigating starting school or dealing with less than supportive relatives.
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
1/10/13 8:04 PM
 
Interested to see if anyone has information on two foods not related eg. peanuts and cotton seed oil.  From what I have been reading cotton seed oil has the same weight and molecular structure as peanuts.  
 
Food Allergy Testing - What You Need to Know (Video & Resources)
4/16/14 3:58 PM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) , a division of the  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America  hosted a free educational webinar on April 16, 2014 featuring guest speaker David Stukus, MD. Dr. Stukus reviewed the different types of food...
 
Children with Food Allergies: What Parents Need to Know
1/21/14 4:09 PM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
Children with Food Allergies: What Parents Need to Know   This free two-page handout is filled with essential information for parenting a food allergic child.Understanding the Basics of Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis (Severe...
 
Free Webinar: Food Allergy Testing
4/7/14 6:18 PM
 
Blog Entry by Kids With Food Allergies offline
FREE WEBINAR:   Food Allergy Testing RSVP:   Reserve your seat by registering WHEN:  Tuesday, April 15, 2014 TIME:  1:00 pm Eastern time WHERE:  Your computer, iOS or Android device When trying to determine whether a child has...
 
Food Allergy Testing
4/15/14 9:07 PM
 
 
 
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