Every year we at Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care prepare for back to school as if we were all going back to the classrooms ourselves. Why, do you ask, since you are an allergy practice?
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.
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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.
Who’s excited about trick-or-treating? RAISE YOUR HANDS!
Who has the Jack O’ Lantern ready? CLAP YOUR HANDS!
We don’t mean to ruin the excitement of choosing the character to impersonate for Halloween, but we warmly suggest parents to read the fabric composition of the costumes. We all know how expensive they can be, but a visit to the ER with a child who cannot breathe doesn’t have a price tag on it and needs to be avoided. Direct contact with nickel, metals, synthetic fibers, latex may cause discomfort and reactions such as contact dermatitis. Just coming in contact with any of these ‘offenders’ may provoke itchy skin and culminate into difficulties with breathing. 
If you keep costumes, masks, Halloween decorations such as haunted houses stored  year to year, make sure you reverse them and wash them thoroughly before using them. “The bigger the exposure to dust is, the more chances of allergy and asthma episodes for patients. Let the kids be kids and enjoy the excitement of running, jumping and playing with friends outside, just don’t forget the inhaler, epinephrine injections and antihistamines before leaving the house”, says our very own Dr. Sharlene Llanes.
Isn’t that the main reason why children are excited to wear them? If they are full masks though, they can interfere with breathing and asthma episodes can flare up. Running from house to house trick-or-treating exposes children to sudden changes in temperature in South Florida, from air conditioned homes to street’s dust, puddles and heat. If you are asthmatic opt for half masks to be safe. Speaking of masks, look at the one we made for you below… and … this one even gives you the opportunity to win an awesome prize!
We have designed a pumpkin mask for all to print for free, decorate and wear. If you follow our #SpookyFCAAAC contest instructions and share your decorated mask with us on Instagram from October 21st thru October 31st, you can be eligible to win our grand prize and get to swim with the dolphins. Winning mask will be announced on November 4th through our social media channels. Stay tuned!
Body paints are always a fun activity and alternative to wearing a mask. However, some precautions must be taken:
* Read directions – IMPORTANT: don’t use body product on face.
* Check ingredients and make sure the color additives are FDA approved .
* If you’re decorating your skin with something you’ve never used before, the allergist suggests to apply a dab of it on your arm for a couple of days to check for an allergic reaction BEFORE you put it on your face.
* Don’t use luminescent or fluorescent paint near your eyes.
* Gently remove paint/make-up following the instructions and using the correct products.
A Jack O’ Lantern needs to be spooky and scary, but not send us to the doctor. Pumpkin allergy is indeed a rare one, but we can never be too cautious when it comes to allergies and/or asthma. Carefully read the labels of all edible treats before eating.
Read more of what we suggest to ensure a fun and safe Halloween experience this year.
Enter the sweepstakes to win 4 tickets for a:
Decorate the mask.
Take a picture of it.
Share on Instagram from Oct. 21 thru Oct. 31, 2013
Make sure you include both: @FLallergyasthma and #SpookyFCAAC in your post (so we don’t miss your entry).
Winning mask will be picked and announced on Nov. 4th
GOOD LUCK !!!! 🙂
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO WIN. To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (green card). Company employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes only spouses, parents and children. Inappropriate content, obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. We retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content. By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted name displayed on our website or social media channels and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation.