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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: 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?

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?

janmumx4 ·
Very concise and to the point, thanks ! I cant remember how many times I have said that test results don't indicate severity !
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

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." My son has tested negative to pretty much every allergy skin prick and blood test - only positive to hazelnuts one time and walnuts another time, both in skin prick tests. He suffered from severe eczema, head to toe, and we were looking for answers. There was no particular food that...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

livewellnutrition ·
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 sick, although it is the food allergy that is likely to be life threatening. Even the symptoms brought on by each can be similar. For example, abdominal pain, diarrhea,vomiting,headache,asthma,and eczema can be triggered by a food sensitivity as...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

MulanMommy ·
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 throughout the year. We thought it's more related to seasonal/weather, but his skin problem and congestion issue lasted through summer-winter, hot OR cold seasons; we also thought it's environmental (dust mite) so we changed to special pillows/...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

KFA Medical Advisors ·
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 in the future. While I can't give out specific medical advice in this forum, I am happy to help elaborate a bit more. In general , the majority of children with eczema do not have an external cause of their skin condition. Eczema is a genetic, chronic, skin...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Jennifer Roberge ·
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 also triggers eczema. He used to be very sensitive to tomatoes, red pepper, and cantelope, but now that his eczema is under control, he can eat these things every few days, but as you said, never more than two days in a row. The same with coconut. So...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

lindsayanne0 ·
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." My son has tested negative to pretty much every allergy skin prick and blood test - only positive to hazelnuts one time and walnuts another time, both in skin prick tests. He suffered from severe eczema, head to toe, and we were looking for...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

DeirdreRiley ·
My daughter actually tested negative several times to some things as a baby despite reacting to them and then went on to test positive with low numbers. With egg for example her IgE was about 1.2, but she failed the in office food challenge with the initial dose of egg powder before the real food. She also tests positve with 1.92 and 1.98 to mustard and banana but just a tiny pin prick amount of her first taste of mustard her lip swelled up like a duck, and with 1/4 of a banana the same. Her...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

gale1965 ·
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 was a false positive all along. We had component testing done recently, using the Uknow peanut test through Phadia (Thermo Fisher Scientific) which we were told was more comprehensive and accurate and the results show a severe peanut allergy.
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Re: Egg Allergy Is No Longer a Contraindication for the Flu Vaccine

MamaOf6 ·
My son is extremely allergic to egg and gelatin when used in vaccines. When he was 4 years old, he had a severe reaction to his shots. Two months later, he received the flu vaccine (h1n1 as well as reg flu) and had the same reaction within 15 minutes. We saw an allergist who did a skin test proving it was the gelatin and egg. He has heart defects so we tried to do the multi-step flu shot, and he had an immediate reaction. Hives, rapid breathing and pulse, burning inside, lethargy. When he...
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Re: Egg Allergy Is No Longer a Contraindication for the Flu Vaccine

Rynda ·
My daughter is allergic to eggs and has never passed a flu vaccine skin test. This year is the first time she's ever had a flu vaccine. She developed a rash (not common with her) several hours later. While this may be a reaction to something else, I'm reluctant to have her vaccinated again unless she outgrows the allergy. Her doctor dismissed my concerns completely. We're looking for a new allergist.
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Lynda ·
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 on this issue. Stay tuned! Deidre - negative test results are usually accurate, but in a small percentage of cases, children can react with negative test results. That is why it's important to get evaluated by an allergist, since they are most...
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Re: New Food Find: The Vegan Answer to Doritos (Corn-Free, Gluten-Free Chips)

MACEMama ·
They sound delicious! Has anyone checked on whether they test for any of the other allergens besides gluten?
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

sumo60 ·
When it is time to retest her allergies, her parents pick 6-8 possible allergens to test at that time. They are testing through blood tests once or twice a year. What gets tested depends on what she has been eating and what symptoms she has been having. So, when something has not been tested at one particular time, they continue to assume an active allergy based on prior testing and continue to avoid that food. Some foods are tested more frequently than others (e.g., dairy is tested most...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Kathy P ·
Hi sumo60 - frequency of testing is something that is very individualized. I will say that a lot docs used to test fairly regularly - like at the annual check up appointment. However, studies have shown that testing along is not enough to diagnose an allergy. It's just 1 part of the equation. Also, a good portion of eczema is not caused by foods. Here is a post about testing and the role it plays in diagnosis . Here is an article on the newest theories on eczema/food allergy link . I'm going...
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Re: New Epinephrine Study Shows Alarming Results

rose12328 ·
@ Wendy Mains-- I think I know why your child had to use his epi pen so many times in the ER/hospital. Hospitals are FILLED with corn-derived products. I am also corn-allergic. I found out the hard way, after a lifetime (I'm in my 50s!) of migraines, joint pains, spontaneous vomiting seemingly without a cause, I ended up at the big famous institution in Minnesota. The immunologist looked at the results of a basic saliva genetic test that I had purchased and had processed. He said I should...
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Re: Non-Food Rewards for Children (New Handout)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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Do the Food Allergen Labeling Laws Apply to Cosmetics?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
From lip balm and shampoo to moisturizers and eye shadow, cosmetics are overseen by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Even though these products go on our lips and skin, the FDA provides a lot less oversight than you might expect. In fact, most of the time the government does not get involved until there is a problem. Here’s what you need to know. What are “cosmetics”? The government defines “cosmetics” based on how the product is meant to be used. Cosmetics are meant to be rubbed,...
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Early-Intervention Leads to a High Rate of Peanut Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) Success

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Low doses of peanut early in life may lead to long-term allergy control   (Press Release)   Houston, TX – An early-intervention oral immunotherapy (EI-OIT) trial for peanut allergy shows promising results and could represent a new,...
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Egg Allergy Alert - Ottogi Jin Ramen and Seafood Noodle Products

KFA Food Alerts ·
Ottogi America, Inc. Expands Recall on Undeclared Egg in Products For Immediate Release February 12, 2019 Contact Consumers Ottogi America, Inc. 1-310-324-1094 Announcement Ottogi America, Inc. announced today it is recalling below 21 items due to a possibility of containing egg ingredient undeclared on the packages. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction of they consume these products. Item # Description Size...
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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Xolair (Omalizumab) for Food Allergies

KFA News Team ·
Genentech announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Xolair® (omalizumab) for the prevention of severe allergic reactions following accidental exposure to one or more foods in people with allergies. Breakthrough Therapy Designation is designed to expedite the development and review of medicines intended to treat serious or life-threatening diseases, and to help ensure people have access to them through FDA approval.
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Feeding Allergenic Foods to Babies and Pregnant or Nursing Moms

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Eat It or Avoid It? by Todd D. Green, MD, FAAAAI   Once you have a child who has severe food allergies and have experienced how hard it can be to keep that child safe, you naturally want to do anything you can to keep your next child (or...
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Exposure to Certain Air Pollution Linked to IgE and Asthma

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Exposure to Certain Airborne Chemicals Linked to Immune System Effects and Asthma Diagnosis in Children SAN ANTONIO, TX – Outside air pollutants are a known trigger of asthma, the most common chronic disease in children according to the World...
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Ready-to-Spread Frosting from Cherrybrook Kitchen

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Dairy-free, Nut-free, Gluten-free Chocolate or Vanilla Frosting From Cherrybrook Kitchen:"All ready-to-spread frostings are prepared in a peanut-free and tree-nut free facility. The frostings are prepared on dedicated equipment that does not...
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Almond Allergy Alert: Ezekiel 4:9 Cereals

KFA News Team ·
Food For Life issues Recall - Allergy Alert - Undeclared Almond in Food For Life Ezekiel 4:9 CerealContact Consumer (800)797-5090Media Gary Torres, Communications Director  (951) 279-5090  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 1, 2013 - Food...
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Anaphylaxis: Severe Allergic Reactions (Handout)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
This free two-page handout is filled with essential information about anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. Symptoms of Anaphylaxis Being Prepared for Anaphylaxis Common Causes of Anaphylaxis Knowing How to Treat...
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Breast is Best, but Might Not Protect from Allergies

KFA News Team ·
Press Release   Breast is Best, but Might Not Protect from Allergies Study says no significant difference   SAN ANTONIO, TX (November 5, 2015) – Pregnant women and new mothers receive many messages regarding the benefits of exclusive...
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Can We Improve Peanut Allergy Diagnosis with New Laboratory Tests?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
A recent study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice investigated the usefulness of peanut-specific allergic antibody levels for the diagnosis of peanut allergy. The researchers analyzed the usefulness...
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Cincinnati Children's Researchers Develop First Molecular Test To Diagnose Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Kids With Food Allergies ·
CINCINNATI, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed the first molecular test to diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic upper gastrointestinal...
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Clinical Trial Will Test Whether Omalizumab Can Reduce Food Allergy Reactions

KFA News Team ·
While experimental desensitization strategies are available in research settings, people with food allergies must avoid known allergens and are advised to carry injectable epinephrine to prevent potentially life-threatening allergic reactions caused by accidental exposures. To help alleviate this risk, a new study to evaluate an experimental treatment for food allergy launched today.
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Common Allergy Myths Debunked

Kids With Food Allergies ·
ACAAI Annual Meeting November 2013 — KFA Medical Advisor, Dr. David Stukus, tackled common allergy myths at a workshop at the ACAAI annual meeting. 10 topics that are common offenders of misinformation:Egg Allergy and Flu Vaccine, MMR...
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DBV Announces Phase III Trial Results for Viaskin Peanut

KFA News Team ·
DBV Technologies Announces Publication of Detailed Phase III Trial Results Evaluating Viaskin Peanut as a Novel Treatment for Peanut Allergy in The Journal of the American Medical Association
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Meet Heidi Bayer: Food Allergy Parent, New Chairwoman of AAFA's Board of Directors

Kids With Food Allergies ·
In the earliest days of Kids With Food Allergies, a young television executive named Heidi Bayer turned to KFA to help figure out how to feed and care for her baby girl with multiple food allergies. She connected with KFA’s founder Lynda...
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How to Make a Wacky Witch Cake (Free of Milk, Egg, Soy, and More!)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Allergy-Friendly Witch Cake by Laura Giletti Use a safe cake recipe such as: Wacky Cake (can be made free of milk, egg, soy, wheat, gluten, nuts, corn) Use a safe chocolate frosting such as: Chocolate Silk Frosting (can be made free of...
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How to Make Your Own Allergy-Friendly Seed Butter to Replace Peanut Butter

KFA Food Bloggers ·
Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Non-Nut Butters by Melanie Carver If your child has a peanut and soy allergy, it can be difficult to find a safe replacement for peanut butter in your local grocery store.  Some of the commercially-available options may...
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How to Talk With Your Child About the Peter Rabbit Movie

Kids With Food Allergies ·
The movie "Peter Rabbit" depicts a scene some families managing food allergies might find alarming. Peter and the other rabbits intentionally attack Mr. McGregor with his known food allergen causing him to have a serious allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis (anna-fih-LACK-sis).
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17% of Children With Food Allergies May Have a Sesame Allergy

KFA News Team ·
Investigators at the National Institutes of Health have found that sesame allergy is common among children with other food allergies, occurring in an estimated 17% of this population. In addition, the scientists have found that sesame antibody testing—whose utility has been controversial—accurately predicts whether a child with food allergy is allergic to sesame. The research was published on Oct. 28 in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.
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5 Tips to Avoid Food Allergy Reactions During the Holidays

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family. Food-focused holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Chinese New Year and other winter holiday celebrations, can create added stress for parents of children with food allergies. Try some of these ideas to take the precautions to avoid food allergy reactions during family meals and parties.
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KFA Chats with Kyle Dine about New Food Allergy DVD Classroom Project

Kids With Food Allergies ·
    Kyle Dine is a popular food allergy educator, entertainer and advocate. For the past eight years he has been bringing his fun, upbeat presentations about food allergies to schools across North America. Kyle has also made two food allergy...
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Aimmune Therapeutics Reports Positive Results From Peanut Immunotherapy Studies

KFA News Team ·
Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:AIMT), a biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for life-threatening food allergies, announced clinical data presented today at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The presentations included Phase 3 screening data and Phase 2 adherence data from Aimmune’s AR101 program. AR101 is Aimmune’s investigational biologic oral immunotherapy for desensitization of patients with peanut allergy.
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If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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...
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Food Allergy Facts and Myths Presented by Dr. Dave Stukus

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) , a division of the  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America , hosted a webinar featuring David Stukus, MD.     Link to video on YouTube   We thank Dr. Stukus, a board-certified...
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Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

KFA Medical Advisors ·
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...
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Food Allergy Testing - What You Need to Know (Video & Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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...
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Four Moms Show Power of Getting Involved in Food Allergy Research

KFA News Team ·
In 2015, long-time friends and Kids With Food Allergies members Eleanor (Ellie) Chu and Dr. Karen Nanji met Lesley Solomon and Dr. Christine Olsen. Since teaming up, these women have proved that determined family members can play a huge role in food allergy research. They've raised $10 million and enlisted top researchers to launch the Food Allergy Science Initiative (FASI). Through FASI, researchers will work to answer key questions about the science of food allergy. The goal is to enable...
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Free Online Food Allergy Training for School Staff Nationwide

Kids With Food Allergies ·
AllergyHome.org Releases a Free Online Food Allergy Training Module for School Staff Nation-WideAllergyHome.org releases a free 30 minute food allergy training module consistent with food allergy guidance documents to help school nurses and health...
 
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