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People With Food Allergies Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Updates as of Nov. 22, 2021: Since our last update to this blog post on Nov. 15, 2021, the CDC announced that anyone 18 and older can now get a booster shot. As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community. The COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of reducing the spread of the coronavirus , ending the pandemic, and protecting ourselves and other people. It can reduce your chance of severe COVID-19, hospital stays, and death. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and...

Understanding Oral Immunotherapy for Food Allergies

The standard recommendation to prevent allergic reactions is to remove the food allergen from the diet of the person with the food allergy. But one type of treatment, called food oral immunotherapy (OIT) , exposes them to small amounts of the food allergen. But before you consider it, it helps to know what it is, how it works, and the risks and benefits. OIT is a food allergy treatment that retrains your child’s immune system to respond differently to food. It helps the body gradually...

The Impact of Eczema on Children With Food Allergies

Eczema is common among children with food allergies. That's not surprising since they are both caused by reactions of the immune system. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common form of eczema. Many people think of it as “dry skin” or “sensitive skin.” But people who don't know about AD aren't aware of the social, emotional and financial impact it can have on families who manage it.

Raise Awareness to Promote an Food 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 people you support a safer, more inclusive...

Be Part of the Future of Food Allergy Treatment (Video)

Update for Oct. 1, 2021: Did you miss the live stream of the PFDD meeting on food allergy? You can watch the recording . You can still share your experiences living with and managing food allergy. Send in your comments by Oct. 9, 2021. We will include your comments in the upcoming food allergy “Voice of the Patient Report.” We will send this report to FDA representatives. By sharing your story, you can help influence the future of treatments for food allergies. SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS The...

[Sponsored] 2021 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

We thank Enjoy Life Foods for their sponsorship of this blog post to help us share information about candy options for children with food allergies. This is a sponsored post and is not an endorsement of any company or its products, nor is it a guarantee of the products’ safety. The funding we received for this advertisement helps support our free food allergy and asthma programs. The scary part of Halloween should be stories of witches and ghosts, not the candy. Food-centered holidays can be...

Share Our Teal Classroom: Food Allergy Awareness Kit With Your Child’s School to Promote Allergy-Friendly Classrooms

Update as of Sept. 2, 2021: We have updated our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit! This version includes updated resources, such as posters, stickers, activity sheets, educational information, and more. Each school year, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) wants to help parents, teachers, and school staff create healthy and inclusive learning environments for children with food allergies. One resource we offer to school staff is our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit . It is...

Support Is an Important Part of Food Allergy Management

Managing your child’s food allergies can feel overwhelming. But the support of a community can make a world of difference. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of food allergies through support, advocacy, education, and research. One way we do that is by offering support through our KFA community. Helping your child avoid the food they are allergic to is not always enough. Getting support is an important part of food allergy management. Support...

Preparing for a New School Year When Your Child Has Food Allergies

When your child has food allergies, preparing for a new school year takes extra work and planning. But prepping in advance can go a long way toward helping your child and their school staff prevent food allergy reactions and have a great school year. Use these tips to get ready for the new school year before it starts. Communicate with the school about your child’s food allergies. Start as early as possible – over the spring or summer before the next school year. It’s a good idea to contact...

AAFA Launches Ask the Allergist Knowledge Base

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has launched our new Ask the Allergist knowledge base . Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is the food allergy division of AAFA. For more than 20 years, AAFA’s board-certified allergists have answered your allergy and asthma questions through our Ask the Allergist service. Now we have compiled the most common questions people have submitted, along with their responses, into a searchable knowledge base. It includes questions and answers on food...

AAFA Marks Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to Asthma and Food Allergies

On this final Friday of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), our food allergy division, are holding a Remembrance Day in honor of family members and loved ones who’ve died from asthma or allergies. On average, more than 3,500 Americans die from asthma each year. 1 An estimated 200 also die each year because of severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis [anna-fih-LACK-sis]. 2 These death rates...

8 Facts About Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

White blood cells are the superheroes of our immune systems. They fight the “bad guys” – infections, bacteria, parasites, and diseases. But sometimes, these superheroes get confused about who they are supposed to fight. When that happens, your immune system might overreact to things that are supposed to be good, like food. One type of white blood cell called an eosinophil [EE-oh-sin-oh-FILL] is an immune system superhero that can cause issues when too many of them collect in one area of your...

Activity Book Teaches Kids About Food Allergies and Asthma

Help your kids learn about food allergies and asthma in a way they can easily understand. “Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activities” book (available in English and Arabic ) is a fun way for your child to learn about the basics of food allergies and asthma in a story format, with coloring pages, puzzles, and other activities. Your child can do the activities on their own, or you can do them together. About 5.6 million children in the U.S. have food allergies. 1 And children...

Food Allergy 101: Reactions, Diagnosis, Management, and Epinephrine (Twitter Chat)

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) hosted a Twitter chat on food allergies on May 11, 2021. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and David Stukus, MD , associate professor and Director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, joined us to answer common questions about food allergy reactions, diagnosis, management, and epinephrine. Below are some highlights from the chat. To see more, search for the hashtag...

Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted! Food Allergy Edition

Dr. M. Itch had joined us to bust some food allergy myths as part of his Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted! series. For part 3, he tackles food allergy misconceptions. If you missed our other videos on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) blog, take some time to check those videos out too: Part 1: Face Masks, Inhalers, and Climate Change Part 2: Home Allergy Tests, Caffeine, Adult Asthma, and Food Allergies and COVID-19 Vaccines Part 3: Food Allergies: Milk Allergies, Babies...

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