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Which meal is the most challenging for finding safe foods or recipes?

Kathy P ·
When it comes to food allergies, some meals are more challenging than others. Which are the most challenging for your family? In the comments, tell us what types of products you wish were more available!
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Re: My Doc Is In

Kathy P ·
I'd schedule an appointment with that little cutie!
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Re: My Doc Is In

cheymom ·
She is so cute! I like the idea of putting her safe treats in her doctor bag. Good idea! Welcome!
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Re: My Doc Is In

Mum23 ·
We have that Dr. kit
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kathy P ·
Congratulations to gatordoc97 whose photo was chosen as the first winner of the campaign!
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kathy P ·
Congrats to this Red Sox player, whose mom had this to say about him: "My little Red Sox Player! He faces allergies with bravery and determination. Michael would rather miss out on something than cause anyone around him to have to avoid a food they love. He's selfless and caring and our Super allergy Super Star! " Michael is the winner of a prize package from Go Veggie and a KFA t-shirt! Congrats, Michael!
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kathy P ·
Congratulations to preciousangel who is today's winning photo! They are the winner of a prize package from Go Veggie and a KFA t-shirt!
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kathy P ·
Congratulations to our unicorn Gwen, who doesn't let her food allergies hold her back from enjoying Halloween! Gwen loves playing viola in school this year, doing crafts and hanging out with friends. She is the winner of a Go Veggie prize pack and a KFA t-shirt!
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Our final daily winner is Gatsby and Daisy who celebrated Halloween by eating mom's homemade, allergy-safe lollipops! Congratuations! We'll be announcing our 2 grand prize winners tomorrow!
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kathy P ·
Congratulations to our costume parade grand prize winners: Flying Genie and Nurse Bella! Genie is allergic to dairy, peanuts and tree nuts, but that does not stop her from flying high! Got food allergies? Nurse Bella is here to help! She has epinephrine and inhalers stocked at all times. A special thank you to GO Veggie! for sponsoring this event.
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Re: Milk Allergy Avoidance List Hidden Names

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Click the file above to download this guide on how to find hidden names for milk on labels.
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Re: Hidden Names for "Milk" on Labels (Avoidance List for Milk Allergy)

LSK ·
Thanks! Such a helpful resource!
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Re: This Sunday! Join Us as We Take Strides for Safe Kids

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Fundraising Incentives Start your own fundraiser online to raise funds for Kids With Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. Our largest event and fundraiser of the year will be held on September 8, 2013, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. We invite you to to be a virtual fundraiser if you cannot attend the event. Both in-person and virtual fundraisers can earn incentives as a token of our appreciation for raising funds to support KFA's education, support and...
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Re: This Sunday! Join Us as We Take Strides for Safe Kids

Lynda ·
Yes! The World's only food allergy musician and entertainer, Kyle Dine, will be joining us as we take Strides for Safe Kids on Sunday, September 8th! Kyle has also agreed to lead our walk around the mall! Thanks to all who've signed up to join us - an d we are so very grateful to those of you who are fundraising to support our education, support and advocacy work to keep children with food allergies safe and healthy. http://www.strides4safekids.org/
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Re: This Sunday! Join Us as We Take Strides for Safe Kids

Lynda ·
We are just about ready to see many of you tomorrow! We are very excited and look forward to seeing all of those smiling little faces of your children. Thanks also to all of you who've donated. We are overwhelmed and humbled at your generosity, and promise to put your donations to work in educating families and communities about the seriousness of food allergies and how to keep kids with food allergies safe and healthy. Lynda Mitchell http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org ...
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Re: Milk Allergy Avoidance List Hidden Names

Magbar ·
Is there a way to view this list in a bigger format? Or download it? I can't see the fine print.
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Re: Milk Allergy Avoidance List Hidden Names

Kathy P ·
Click the link at the top in the headline - next to the little sheet of paper symbol. That will download a PDF version.
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Re: Milk Allergy Avoidance List Hidden Names

Magbar ·
Found it! Thanks
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Re: Milk Allergy Avoidance List Hidden Names

Kathy P ·
Oh good! Did you know there is also a Travel Size card ??
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Re: Practical Food Allergy Management: A Quick Guide

MAM-mom ·
Great guide! I like the tips in the right corner, "Take all Food allergies seriously" and "Trace amounts of food can cause a reaction."
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Re: The Faces of Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
"Proud to be me!" Congratulations to this little man who has won the final prize, a gift package from AllerMates.com. Thank you to everyone who participated in Faces of Food Allergies this year. It was a tremendous success and we received nearly 1000 photos of the cutest, brightest, spunkiest kids, who just happen to have food allergies. We also thank this year's event sponsors: Lucy's, AllerMates, and Applegate. The month of May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, so we will...
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Re: Food Allergy Awareness: Does Exposure to Food Allergens Affect Outgrowing?

Heddi ·
Thanks for providing this information. By the way, the link you've shared appears to be incorrect. I found the guideline listed above in: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary of the NIAID-sponsored Expert Panel Report (p. 9, 3.7).
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Re: Food Allergy Awareness: Does Exposure to Food Allergens Affect Outgrowing?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hi Heddi, thanks for posting the link to the expert panel report. That is the report published in the clinical literature ( Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology ), which is the primary resource on this topic written for the clinician. The link we posted above is the NIH publication that is based on the Expert Panel Report and is written in plain language for patients, families and caregivers. Both are accurate references for the NIH Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food ...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

livewellnutrition ·
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 disease states, especially for newer emerging complementary treatments.The establishment of clinical utility of new complementary treatments usually precedes the appearance of references on Pubmed, often by many years. Dr. Stukus, I will be happy to send you...
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Re: Egg Allergy Is No Longer a Contraindication for the Flu Vaccine

Lynda ·
Now that the flu is epidemic, more information is being distributed through the media regarding this issue of egg allergy and the flu vaccine. Here is one from National Jewish Health in Denver that came out today. Changing Advice: Egg-Allergic Patients Should Get Flu Vaccine Without Delay
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Re: Egg Allergy Is No Longer a Contraindication for the Flu Vaccine

maple ·
My dd received the flu shot for the first time this year. She has had severe reactions to miniscule amounts of egg. But she had no reaction to the flu shot! It was quite a relief. Her allergist, who sees many kids with severe egg allergy, said at most he's seen a few kids with minor reactions. The vast majority have not reacted at all.
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Stfne ·
Lots of great comments here and hope there is room for a question. Can you discuss puddle testing?
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Missy24 ·
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 reacted to walnuts which now that we've had testing are still high but lower than both peanuts and cashews.
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

aost ·
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 but being able to eat it without reaction. Some docs will run a panel to whole list of foods, even if the patient has only reacted to one. This can lead to avoiding more foods than is necessary as there is a high chance of false positives with...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

lovebugsco ·
Dr. Stukus - Thank you for sharing this information. I agree with much of what you had to say and wanted to know if you would ever recommend the "Gold Standard" for accommodations in school? I have two children with close to 40 ER visits between them for allergic reactions. One has had RAST scores over 100 to Peanuts since infancy - he is 12. The other has RAST over 100 to Dairy and Eggs since infancy - she is 8. They both had systemic reactions to skin testing done last summer. They were...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Unfortunately, we are not in a position where we can offer individualized or specific medical advice regarding your situation with the school.
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

TeddyCan ·
We often mess up between food allergy and food intolerance. Food allergy usually comes on suddenly. Even a small amount of food can trigger an allergic reaction. Food allergy appens every time you eat that particular foo and can be life-threatening too. On the other hand, food intolerance generally comes on graduall and occurs when you eat a lot of that particular food. It is not life-threatening
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Mehmet ·
Can somebody be okay eating a food but not be okay touching it? My daughter (5 years old) successfully passed two oral food challenges for hazelnuts, which included eating increasing amounts of hazelnuts and also a spoon full of Nutella (this was given after she had eaten her last dose of hazelnuts). There were no symptoms or problems at all. So I (and our allergist) think it's safe to assume that she is no longer allergic to hazelnuts and we are obviously very grateful for that. However,...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

K8sMom2002 ·
That's an interesting question, Mehmet ... and one that I can't answer. But I suspect if you post this question onto our main support forum ( click here for our Main Support Forum. ) , you may get other people who have had experience with this. Also, someone wiser than me may be able to move your question over there for you.
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Katie D ·
Welcome Mehmet! May I ask when you did two food challenges? Just curious... Does she have any other allergies? The redness and the lips "hurting" would have me think that she could possibly still be allergic to it. How much is she eating at home? As Cynthia mentioned, be sure to visit us in our Main Support Forum where others can chime in as well with their experiences.
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Lune ·
So as far as I remember I suffered with bad eczema rashes since I was little and my parents somehow managed to keep it at bay. No nuts, dairy and limited amount of citrus acidic and sugar food, I have had no issues with eczema for more than ten years and thought it went away--- I was wrong. I recently started having bad eczema flare upd around my face. Eyelids, under eyes, chins and around mouth. It's swelling, itchy and bumpy and I have no idea what is causing it. I have been eating nuts,...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Jen ·
Hi Lune, Welcome to KFA. I would suggest you make an appointment with a board certified allergist to discuss your concerns. They should be able to guide you.
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, Lune! Since you're having symptoms when you eat food, I agree with Jen -- a board certified food allergist is definitely someone to consult. You may also want to touch base with a dermatologist as well. Why not post this question to our Main Support Forum so you can get more feedback from other folks in a similar situation? If you're on desktop view, just follow the link above, and click on the big green POST. On mobile, click the three horizontal lines in the upper left hand corner, and...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

AGlick0927 ·
Hello! My 2.5 year old daughter has tested positive to peanuts, tree nuts, egg and dairy on a skin test (2 different times) She has had reactions to both egg and dairy, however she has never ingested any nuts. We just received the results of her first ever blood test and it confirmed egg and dairy, however it came back negative to all nuts! We will be scheduling an in office peanut challenge. My question is, since I know that false negatives are more rare than false positives, should I feel...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, and welcome, @AGlick0927 ! Hugs on the reactions and the conflicting test results on peanuts. You're definitely in the right place to get support! Your questions are great, and it sounds like you still have some things you might want to discuss with your allergist. Another thing you might want to discuss with your allergist is component testing for both milk and peanuts, if you haven't already done so. Component testing can tell a doctor what particular protein in milk or peanuts a...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Jen ·
@Lune Have you been able to schedule an appointment with an allergist?
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Lianne Godfrey ·
Hi There, I would really appreciate your guidance. My boy who is now over 3 years has had 3 reactions to eating hake. The 1st one happened when he was 6 months old and the 2 times after happened when he was just over 1 year. His symptoms occur about 2 hours after ingestion, vomiting severely for a few hours, lethargic and non-responsive until it is all out his system. The last episode he did have runny tummy the day after. On all 3 occasions we took him to emergency to be monitored. They...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

K8sMom2002 ·
Lianne, this sounds like it's been super stressful for you guys! I'm going to create a post for you on our online support community so that more eyes will see this!
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Lianne Godfrey ·
Good morning, That would be great. I am sure there are many families out there with similar stories and worries. Have a great day! Lianne Johannesburg South Africa
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Lara707 ·
I realize your post is from 2012 but in reading the comments trying to find a solution for my daughter's situation, I had to write in the event you were still having issues. Please google PANDAS in regards to your daughter's violent behavior after having Strep throat. There is a direct link. It has been in the news a lot recently. https://www.webmd.com/children...-scary-kids-disorder
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

K8sMom2002 ·
Welcome, Lara707! Please feel free to join us on the Main Support Forum to introduce yourself and share more about your daughter's journey.
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Re: 2013 Spring Pollen Capitals

kandicejo ·
We are in the Louisville area. I've taken much more antihistamines and decongestants this year already. Ugh.
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies 2013

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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Re: 2013 Asthma Capital List Names Richmond, VA #1

Abigail's Mommy ·
I'm honored to live in such a distinguished area. I'm glad they gave a shout-out to KFA.
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Re: Multitasking Liam

cheymom ·
He is adorable! Welcome to KFA! We hope you will join us over on the Support Forums. https://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/forums
 
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