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Food Allergies Don’t Have to Make Halloween Scary

Holidays like Halloween that focus on food and treats can be stressful for parents and kids who manage food allergies. Preparing ahead can reduce that stress and minimize the chances of having a food allergy reaction. Here are our tips to make your Halloween safer and less stressful. Communicate With Caregivers If your child will be attending Halloween parties or trick-or-treating with friends without you, make sure there is an adult who knows how to prevent, recognize and treat anaphylaxis...

Raise Awareness to Promote an Allergy-Friendly TEALOWEEN

Teal is the color of food allergy awareness and teal pumpkins have become the symbol of food allergy awareness at Halloween . When you see a teal pumpkin, it means non-food treats are available for kids with food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Kids With Food Allergies has tips to help you have a safer and more inclusive TEALOWEEN. 1. Raise awareness about food allergies and being inclusive. Change your social media profile picture to show others you support a safer, more inclusive...

2019 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

The scary part of Halloween should be witches and ghosts, not the candy. Food-centered holidays can be stressful when managing food allergies. With planning, your family can still safely enjoy Halloween. If you are looking for allergy-friendly treats, here are some top 8 free Halloween candy ideas. These candies are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

AAFA Brings Patient Voice to FDA Committee Review on Palforzia, Oral Immunotherapy Treatment for Peanut Allergy

On Sept. 13, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Allergenic Products Advisory Committee recommended the approval of Aimmune Therapeutics’ peanut treatment, Palforzia. If approved, Palforzia would be ground-breaking for the future of food allergy treatments. What Is Palforzia? Palforzia, also known as AR101, is a type of oral immunotherapy (OIT) for peanut allergy. If approved, it would be the first FDA-approved treatment for peanut allergy. Currently, some allergists already...

What to Do If You Can’t Afford Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

The manufacturers of epinephrine auto-injectors have extended their U.S. savings card programs through 2018. Epinephrine is the only treatment for a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis (anna-fih-LACK-sis). It is only available through a prescription by your doctor. Each prescription comes with two auto-injectors in a set. People with food allergies need two of these auto-injectors with them at all times.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Responds to Premature ICER Review of New Peanut Allergy Treatments

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) addresses concerns regarding the Final Evidence Report assessing the clinical effectiveness and value of treatments for peanut allergy released by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) on July 10, 2019. ICER’s report may cause concern for the allergy community that the findings will restrict access to new treatments for peanut allergy.

FDA Extends Expiration Dates of All Lots of EpiPens® and Authorized Generic

As supply interruptions and shortages of epinephrine auto-injectors continue, the FDA has extended the expiration dates of all lots of EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.3 mg Auto-Injectors and its authorized generic version currently on the market in the U.S. after a review of stability data. Read more for the new expiration dates.

Help Others See Beyond Food Allergies During National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and Food Allergy Awareness Week

Each May since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to teaching others about asthma and allergies to create more awareness and understanding. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA. May 12-18, 2019, is also Food Allergy Awareness Week. During this week, we focus on spreading information about what it’s like to manage food allergies and raise awareness about anaphylaxis,

Share Your Allergy Reactions to Sesame With the FDA

Sesame allergy ranks ninth in prevalence behind the top 8 allergens. But manufacturers are not required to clearly label sesame on their products. It can even go unlabeled under terms like “spices” and “natural flavoring.” This is very distressing as reactions to sesame can be among the most severe for adults and children. We are asking community members who have had an adverse reaction to sesame, or care for someone who has, to share their story with the FDA.

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