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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?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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 explain. I will defer that one to Dr. Stukus. Regarding the MRT post, I want to take issue with your last point. One is that if RAST or skin tests are negative a child could still have an immune-mediated non-IgE mediated food allergy as is explained in...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

SW Missouri ·
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) ingested that we've avoided based on likely food allergy is cow's milk (to which she had an immediate negative reaction). We've consulted 2 allergists, and both have reommended avoiding the foods she's likely allergic to until she is 5 or 6 at which time they...
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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?

MNetravali ·
This is a well well written article and explains the issues involved in diagnosis of food allergies very well!
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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?

camnicemm ·
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 back in February. I figured something had to have happened and had the doctor do all the gluten related bloodwork since it was just not her and her oldest brother is GFCF. Sure enough, it came back positive. The allergist put her on an...
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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: 3 Tricks to Managing Food Allergies at Halloween

LSK ·
Thanks so much for all the great ideas and information! We give out non-food treats - things like glow sticks, glow necklaces, temporary tattoos, stickers, and small toys. The kids who come to our house AND their parents really seem to like these "treats".
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Re: 3 Tricks to Managing Food Allergies at Halloween

nyc4me03 ·
As a mom of a food-allergic kid, Halloween is very difficult for us. Especially now, as she's getting older and in school with other kids that like and enjoy the candy aspect of Halloween. On Halloween night, we choose to hand out food-related treats. This year, we're handing out glow-in-the-dark Halloween tattoos. This way, we show our daughter that it's okay and perfectly acceptable to get something other than candy during trick-or-treating. Also, we have our daughter help us hand out...
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

cheymom ·
Hi Christine! Welcome to KFA! We are glad you found us. I am not in Canada, but we do have a lot of Canadian members that deal with life threatening food allergies. You can try posting in on our Main Support Forum and they can assist you. Here is the link to the Main Forum: http://community.kidswithfooda...rum/forum/main_forum Just click on 'Post New Topic' to get started.
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Re: Live Q&A: Dining Out With Food Allergies

cheymom ·
Dining Out with Food Allergies (Video & Resources) Watch the video at this link: http://community.kidswithfooda...food-allergies-video
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Re: Free Online Class Feb 20: Celebrating Birthdays with Food Allergies

cheymom ·
Link to resources & video: http://community.kidswithfooda...food-allergies-video
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Re: New Dairy-Free White Cheddar Puffs and Popcorn from Earth Balance

Melanie Carver ·
Product Review: We tried the Aged White Cheddar Puffs and really liked them. They are mild in flavor and not salty. I was worried that the puffs would have the texture of Styrofoam, but they didn't. They melt in your mouth. The entire bag was gone within minutes. If you like nutritional yeast, you'll like these Puffs. Views and reviews expressed by volunteers and staff reflect their personal opinions and not necessarily the views or opinions of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation.
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Re: Replacing Lost Nutrients Due to Food Allergies

ADavis ·
Excellent article! As a fellow dietitian and mother of a child with a severe food allergy, the advice in this article offers a great deal of practical and beneficial information! Thanks for sharing your expertise!
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Re: Replacing Lost Nutrients Due to Food Allergies

DebRD ·
Hello Rosangela I agree with the suggestions made for you to post on the EOS forum. You are not alone and there are many parents in the group who may be able to provide support and share their experiences. I am hoping the dietitian you are seeing has a significant level of experience with children who have not only food allergies, but experience with more challenging cases such as eosinophilic disorders. Formulas definitely are useful in meeting nutritional needs as well as giving the...
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hi Colleen, I believe we are talking about the same issue. We are aware of the re-bagging issue--we included it under the Dum Dums/Spangler photo (second to last photo) and highlighted it as #3 at the top of the blog post: Quote: Quote: How parents choose to deal with this issue may vary. In our Halloween tips in other articles, we've shared ideas such as trading your child's bag of trick-or-treating candy for all safe candy, or for toys, etc. The tradition is sometimes called the Switch...
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Re: The Faces of Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
"Food allergies don't stop me from having fun at the lake!" #FAAW Congrats to our latest winner in Faces of Food Allergies. This young dude has won the Lucy's gift basket. If you haven't added a picture yet to our Food Allergy Awareness Week contest, don't worry, there is still time as we will be giving away two prizes daily. If you have already entered, your name will still be included in future drawings: http://community.kidswithfooda...lergy-awareness-2013 (Login via computer or iOS app...
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Re: Hope and Inspiration: Restoring My Faith in Humanity

Fatwally ·
I really wish that schools would do away with food related parties. I am not a FA parent but I do not want my child eating most of the prepared allergy friendly food because they mostly contain food coloring, additives, preservatives and GMOs that are poisonous to all kids and that are not a part of my family's diet. Allergy friendly fast food is still junk Food.
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Re: Consuming Low Doses of Peanut after Being Desensitized with Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Can Produce Sustained Unresponsiveness

Kids With Food Allergies ·
KFA's Note: Oral immunotherapy for food allergens is still being investigated by researchers. This is not something to try at home, but rather to discuss with your allergist.
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

yvonne ·
I'm shocked to find Chipotle on that list! My daughter (6 y/o) LOVE'S Chipotle. One day she asked me why everything has soy (that's one of her allergens) in it. We decided to google it and found that soy lecithin is utilized as an emulsifier easing the oil/water mix and extending shelf life. A few days later we went to Chipotle, because I had never thought to ask about their allergen info, I decided to ask the woman behind the bar if any of the foods had soy. She gave me a small check-list...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Kathy P ·
Hi Yvonne - sorry you had a bad experience at Chipotle. Have you checked them lately?? They're in the process of phasing out the soy in the offerings in favor of rice bran oil. http://community.kidswithfooda...hipotle-menu-changes Also, we have a number of members who are vegan and dealing w/ other food allergies as well - I encourage you to post on the forums asking whatever questions you have.
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

yvonne ·
Hi Kathy P, This incident was actually pretty recent, two weeks ago. I am thrilled to hear that they are working on making there food enjoyable for everyone. I will definitely check out those forums. Thanks.
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Kathy P ·
All of these are based on user feedback. If you've had a bad experience, then go share that. If you've had a good experience somewhere, go share that. As for Chipotle, I know they are rolling out the change over. Our local restaurants have signs up about the rice oil change. I'm not sure the start of their printed material. I suggest calling or stopping in to ask about where that particular restaurant is in the changeover. PF Changs is very allergy aware. While it may not seem allergy...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

kally831 ·
Although I feel Chipotle does make an honest effort by attempting to use allergy-friendly products, the risk of cross-contamination can be quite real if you/your child has an allergy to Milk (or, any of the other products they serve). The nature of their food prep is similar to a buffet where not only are food items kept in close contact to each other, but all of the staff handle the serving utensils at one point or another, put hands into the cheese and the then the lettuce, and so on. My...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Mahbahlih ·
Hi kally, My son has a very severe milk allergy and we eat at Chipotle 1-2 times per week. I can totally understand your apprehension. Here are some tips: One person handles your food. They will change their gloves first - sometimes you have to remind them but it's coorporate policy AFAIK. I always ask them to hold my son's tray - do not slide it on the counter. We only get rice, beans, and meat from the bar. Any salsa, lettuce or guac comes from the fridge under the bar or the back.
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

czschack ·
Originally Posted by Mahbahlih: Hi kally, My son has a very severe milk allergy and we eat at Chipotle 1-2 times per week. I can totally understand your apprehension. Here are some tips: One person handles your food. They will change their gloves first - sometimes you have to remind them but it's coorporate policy AFAIK. I always ask them to hold my son's tray - do not slide it on the counter. We only get rice, beans, and meat from the bar. Any salsa, lettuce or guac comes from the fridge...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

MACEMama ·
Mexican and Italian restaurants skeeved me out too, until we discovered that one of our local Italian restaurants had safe bread for DS (flour, yeast, olive oil, sugar, and water). It was the first restaurant that puts bread on the table that was safe for him. He's also very happy with a plate of pasta with olive oil and herbs, and he has been spoiled rotten there. Mexican restaurants where I live often have language barrier issues, so I never trusted them with FA, though I enjoyed the food...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Mahbahlih ·
I was very skeptical of Mexican and Italian restaurants in the beginning. The idea that there was so much cheese in the kitchen made me very nervous. However, I was surprised to learn that many Mexican restaurants don't use much in the way of milk or butter... just lots of cheese. For DS we are almost always able to get him white rice and beans (black or refried - hold the cheese). Occasionally we get him meat, too, but honestly he loves rice and beans so much he prefers them over the meat.
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Mahbahlih ·
Originally Posted by MACEMama: Mexican restaurants where I live often have language barrier issues, so I never trusted them with FA, though I enjoyed the food when I would go out without DS. We also did Chipotle the same way Mahbahlih describes. The only Spanish I know is how to explain DS's food allergies. I have perfected that. Now if you need a bathroom you're on your own, lol.
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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: What is Best Way to Handle Lunchtime for Children with Nut Allergies? (National Poll Results)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
From Matthew Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc, FAAP Faculty Collaborator for this study:
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Re: Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2014

Cheryl Li ·
Yes! I first found them at TJMaxx, and have also seen them at a natural food store. Originally Posted by Kathy P: I this it?? https://www.naturalcandystore....ategory/go-naturally Looks like their candies work for a number of allergens
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Re: Six-Year-Old's Heart Stops After Eating Macadamia Nut Cookie, Life Saved by First Responders

Kids With Food Allergies ·
KFA ADMIN: There is one statement in the article that is incorrect that we would like to clarify. In the U.S., food manufacturers are not required to state if food was processed in the same facility as peanuts (or any other major food allergen). FDA regulated foods are required to list top 8 allergens in the ingredients list if the food contains one of those allergens (peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish).
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Re: Six-Year-Old's Heart Stops After Eating Macadamia Nut Cookie, Life Saved by First Responders

Juneau ·
Thank you for clarifying this. It is very important to understand labeling when dealing with severe food allergies.
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Re: Chef Luca's Cauliflower Risotto and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Kathy P ·
I did finally make this! But I only made the cauliflower risotto part as a side dish with grilled sausage. Bc I didn't want to drag out my food processor, I used the large side of a box grater to grate down the cauliflower. Easy peasy! Since it was a side and I wasn't putting a sauce on it, I wanted it "wetter" like a traditional risotto. So I added a cup of homemade chicken stock and let that cook down a little. I seasoned with lemon pepper. I really liked it, but the rest of the family was...
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Re: Chef Luca's Cauliflower Risotto and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce

cml1216 ·
I'm making the meatballs for the second time tonight. The whole dish was a hit with everyone! Thank you so much!
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Re: Flying with Food Allergies (Free Webinar)

Lynda ·
Here's the recording of this webinar: Flying with Food Allergies - Video and Resources
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Re: New Epinephrine Study Shows Alarming Results

Kathy P ·
Hi Aboreem1969 - welcome to KFA! There is no absolute time line for outgrowing a food allergy (not reacting anymore). How has your son's allergy been monitored? Has he been tested periodically to see if the numbers are decreasing? Has he eaten anything with milk recently and still showing reactions?
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Re: Allergies to a Legume Called Lupin: What You Need to Know

Kathy P ·
Lupin flour enters North American market ETA: fixed link
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Re: Food Network Competitor Chef Luca Della Casa Takes on Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Chef Luca has advanced in Star Salvation and remains in contention for The Next Food Network Star! http://www.foodnetwork.com/sho...alvation-videos.html
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Re: Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2014

Jen ·
Hi Deanna - welcome to kfa. what food allergies do you manage?
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Re: Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2014

Deannalee ·
Thanks. I myself only have eczema, haven't tested myself for food or environmental yet. But my son is the one who suffers. He has eczema, and a severe allergy to peanuts/ tree nuts, and high allergy to wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, pinto beans, tomatoes, potatoes...and a picky eater on top of all that. And highly allergic to cat/dog dander and dust mites. Very hard to find stuff he can eat, or will eat. Hoping to find some support here. ☺
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Re: Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2014

Jen ·
Be sure to check out our food and cooking forum, as well as our recipe database. You might be able to get some ideas. If you see something that interests you, but would need an ingredient sub, let us know. Someone can help you.
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Re: New Epinephrine Study Shows Alarming Results

Wendy Mains ·
As the mother of a son with an anaphylactic alergy to corn I can't stress the importance of carrying the epipen at all times even when food intake is not planned. He has been tested thoroughly and his only allergy is corn so we know if he has a reaction then corn was present and his reaction occurs within seconds. We walked into a small hospital for a pre op appointment and we weren't inside for more than 3 min. and he had his worst reaction ever (the 7th one that year-corn has a nasty habit...
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Re: Study Shows Increased Anxiety for Parents of Children Allergic to Milk and Eggs

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Dr. Matthew Greenhawt is a volunteer medical advisor for Kids With Food Allergies. You can find other research he has been involved in by browsing our Medical Advisory Team blog .
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Re: New Epinephrine Study Shows Alarming Results

Campbell ·
I was complacent. My 14 year old daughter was complacent. Eye-rolls and annoyed posture every time I asked if she had her epi-pen. She doesn't remember her reaction when she was 2.75 years old and there have been many, many expired epi-pens since. I used to say it was the best money I ever threw away. Until this year, I got annoyed. I was certain I had sent in an epi-pen in the fall for school. The nurse sent an email to all delinquent parents of food allergic kids. "Your child's epi-pen is...
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