May is Asthma Month.
To contribute to education and bring awareness to the most common health condition, we thought of sharing with you suggestions, ideas, tips, advice on how to Breathe Easy Once Again.
The beginning of spring puts everybody into a happy mood. The flowers bloom and Mother Nature opens her arms, sharing the brightest colors and balmiest temperatures.
The days last longer. We can enjoy the resplendent sunset after a full day of work. And our children can spend more time outdoors running and playing after a full day at school. It’s all about connecting with our surroundings after a long, indoor winter season.
All of the above feels like an idyllic scenario, until you discover you’re allergic to pollen.
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For all of you who didn’t win this time, remember our logo has 4 icons and we still have 2 more to go.
Just stick around.
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In continuation of our “get to know the icons of our logo” series that we began back in our November post where we explained that our bee icon stands for allergy to insect bites and venom, this month we are talking about the strawberry. Read on to learn what this red icon stands for, and make sure to enter our Strawberry Challenge below for a chance to win an iPad Mini !
There are eight foods that account for 90% of all food allergy reactions in the U.S.
While 3.3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, 6.9 million are allergic to seafood.
Combined, food allergies cause 30,000 annual cases of anaphylaxis, 2,000 hospitalizations, and approximately 150 deaths.
Children with multiple food allergies have a three-fold increased risk of a severe reaction.
Children with food allergies and asthma tend to have more severe reactions.
For some, the reaction might be a mild case of stomach cramps, itchy mouth or hives.
For others it might go from shortness of breath, wheezing, swollen lips to as severe as going into anaphylactic shock – which can result in death if not treated in time.
After being tested by an allergist, avoid the food allergen that is the protein that triggers your reaction.
Know the S.A.F.E. Action Guide
S.eek immediate medical assistance = Call 911
Identify the A.llergen
F.ollow up with the allergist
Carry E.pinephrine autoinjectors for emergencies at all times
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Yes. If you are already on shots you will have to keep on the same dose once you find out to not build up to higher doses, which will involve higher risks for possible shot reactions. This way we prevent the risk of an allergic reaction to shots which can in turn affect the baby. If you know you are already pregnant before starting shots then it is much better to wait until the baby is born to start immunotherapy.
In general, allergy shots can be started after 2 years of age and continued until 75 years old. However, as with any medical treatment, there are sometimes exceptions which vary on the individual needs of the patient; there are cases when patients younger than 2 or patients older than 75 can be on allergy shots.
Ever paid close attention to the details of our company logo? Well if you have, you already know it contains 4 distinct icons – each one representing a type of allergy we treat. The BEE represents allergy to insect bites and venom.
Today we have decided to showcase our BEE and make it a bit friendlier for all of you. Here’s a BEE-fitting treat (cookie recipe) for all to enjoy!
We have chosen from the best, Cybele Pascal, the guru of all-things edible allergy-free, author, mother, baker and also allergic herself. Whether you have received the bee-shaped cookie cutter from us or not, just follow the instructions below for a batch of delicious allergen-free cookies.
Make sure you tweak to your allergy needs or the ones of your loved ones, indulge over the holidays, and share the pictures of your creations (if you want) on the comment section of our blog below. We’d love to hear from you.
Ingredients: (makes about 2 dozen 3-inch cookies)
*Basic Gluten Free Flour Mix
To measure flour, use a large spoon to scoop flour into the measuring cup, then level it off with the back of a knife or straightedge. Do not use the measuring cup itself to scoop your flour when measuring! It will compact the flour and you will wind up with too much for the recipe.
Combine all ingredients in a gallon-size zipper-top bag; Shake until well blended; Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Reprinted with permission from The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal (Celestial Arts; 2009). Allergy-Free Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies ©2010 by Cybele Pascal.
Disclaimer: Please note that [the] recipe is completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at Amazon.com. If you have trouble finding something, let Mrs. Pascal know and she’ll help you find it.
Safety Note: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns before consumption.