Monthly Archives: September 2011

Free Allergy Screenings!

Free allergy screenings will be available from 11am-3pm on September 24th using ImmuneTech’s Allergy Test at Giant Eagle Grocery Store locations, sponsored by Giant Eagle and Allegra.

Check to see if there is a location near you. If there is not a free screening in your area, you click to order your low-cost allergy test. Use discount code “ILG” at checkout for 15% off!

4300 Kent Road, State Route 59, Stow, OH 44224, (330) 686-7829

6493 Strip Avenue N.W., North, Canton, OH 44720, (330) 497-7902

351 Center Street, Chardon, OH 44024, (440) 286-4949

8515 Tanglewood Square, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023, (440) 543-5144

2201 Kresge Drive, Amherst, OH 44001, (440) 282-7614

4747 Sawmill Road, Columbus, OH 43220, (614) 923-0475

873 Refugee Road, Pickerington, OH 43147, (614) 866-3693

344 Goucher Street, Johnstown, PA 15905, (814) 288-6918

4010 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146, (412) 372-1220

1671 Butler Plank Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116, (412) 961-0614

4007 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 941-7220

9880 Olde US 20, Rossford, OH 43460-1716, (419) 874-2415

100 N Main Street, DuBois, PA 15801, (814) 375-3708

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The Super Allergy Girl Blog: Allergy Testing: My Allergy Test and Other Testing

The Super Allergy Girl Blog: Allergy Testing: My Allergy Test and Other Testing.

Thanks, Super Allergy Girl, for blogging about ImmuneTech’s product, My Allergy Test! Check out her blog, its an award winner for Top Food Allergy Blog in 2010. There are all kinds of recipes & ideas for living Gluten-Free, Casein-Free, and Nut-Free. She also has an excellent cookbook available for purchase, The Super Allergy Cookbook.

Suspecting the Egg?

Egg Allergies

Egg is one of the most common causes of food allergy. It is estimated that most children outgrow egg allergy by the age of five, but some people remain allergic for a lifetime. The egg is made up of many different proteins, some of which are allergenic and others which are not. Most people with an egg allergy are allergic to the egg white proteins, others are allergic to the yolk, and some are allergic to both.

The most commonly reported symptoms seen with this kind of allergy include: atopic dermatitis (eczema) , urticaria (hives) , asthmaallergic rhinitis , anaphylactic shock and digestive symptoms.

If you suffer from an egg allergy, strictly avoiding eggs and food containing egg and egg products is the only way to prevent a reaction. But, it is not always easy to avoid these foods since many unsuspecting products contain eggs. Be sure to confirm a suspected egg allergy. To find out if you have egg allergies, order your test from ImmuneTech and find out for sure.. For a 15% discount, use code: ILG at checkout.

All FDA-regulated manufactured food products that contain egg as an ingredient are required by US Law to list the word “egg” on the product label. Always check the label ingredients before you use a product. In addition, check the label each time you buy the product. Manufacturers occasionally change recipes, and a trigger food may be added to the new recipe. Also, keep in mind that some egg substitutes contain egg white.

Avoid foods that contain eggs or any of these ingredients: albumin (also spelled albumen), apovitellenin, egg (dried, powdered, solids, white, yolk), eggnog, globulin, lecithin, livetin, lysozyme, mayonnaise, meringue (meringue powder), ovalbumin, ovoglobulin, ovomucin, ovomucoid, ovotransferrin, ovovitellin, phosvitin, and silici albuminate, simplesse, surimi, and vitellin.

Egg is sometimes found in the following: baked goods, egg substitutes, lecithin, macaroni, marzipan, marshmallows, nougat, and pasta. Eggs have been used to create the foam or milk topping on specialty coffee drinks and are used in some bar drinks. Some commercial brands of egg substitutes contain egg whites. Most commercially processed cooked pastas (including those used in prepared foods such as soup) contain egg or are processed on equipment shared with egg-containing pastas. Boxed, dry pastas are usually egg-free, but may be processed on equipment that is also used for egg-containing products. Fresh pasta is sometimes egg-free, too. Read the label or ask about ingredients before eating pasta. Egg wash is sometimes used on pretzels before they are dipped in salt. Of course, these examples highlight some places where eggs have been unexpectedly found (i.e., on a food label for a specific product, in a restaurant meal, in creative cookery, etc.) These examples do not imply that eggs are always present in these foods; it is intended to serve as a reminder to always read the label and ask questions about ingredients before eating a food that you have not prepared yourself.

Additionally, if you see the following statements on a label, the food may be cross-contaminated with egg. These warnings are generally voluntary, so some manufacturers may not include this information, even if there is egg present in their facility:

  • “may contain eggs”
  • “produced on shared equipment with eggs”
  • “produced in a facility that also processes eggs”

Keep in mind that individuals with egg allergy should also avoid eggs from duck, turkey, goose, quail, etc. as these are known to be cross-reactive with chicken egg.

If you’re included to bake or cook at home, there are some easy egg-free substitutes to use. For each egg, substitute one of the following in recipes. These substitutes work well when baking from scratch and substituting 1 to 3 eggs.

  • 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 T. liquid, 1 T. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 T. water, 1 1/2 T. oil, 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 packet gelatin, 2 T. warm water. Do not mix until ready to use.

Commonly Asked Questions about Egg Allergy

Can an MMR Vaccine be given to an individual with an egg allergy?
The recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) acknowledge that the MMR vaccine can be safely administered to all patients with egg allergy. The AAP recommendations have been based, in part, on scientific evidence supporting the routine use of one-dose administration of the MMR vaccine to egg-allergic patients. This includes those patients with a history of severe, generalized anaphylactic reactions to egg.

I’ve heard the flu vaccine contains egg, is this true?
Yes, influenza vaccines usually contain a small amount of egg protein.

Is a flu shot safe for an individual with an egg allergy?
Influenza vaccines are grown on egg embryos and may contain a small amount of egg protein. If you or your child is allergic to eggs, speak to your doctor before receiving a flu shot.

References and for additional information:

http://www.foodallergy.org/page/egg-allergy

http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=20&cont=523

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/egg-allergy

http://foodallergies.about.com/od/eggallergies/qt/eggfreediet.htm

10 Tips for a Safe School Year

The following is a re-post from Kids with Food Allergies Foundation; check out their website for more allergy resources.

“Do school ice cream parties scare you? You’re not the only one. It’s terrifying for any parent to release their food-allergic child to “strangers” at school who have little to no understanding of food allergies. And it’s normal to feel disappointed and frustrated when your child’s class throws an ice cream party or serves an unsafe snack.

Learning to choose your battles wisely and collaborate with—instead of confront—your child’s school will help you obtain positive outcomes when issues of divisiveness surface.

What follows is a list of tips to ensure a healthy partnership between your child and his school—from a mom who’s been there.

1.   Pick your battles.

Many issues will arise. Non-negotiable ones will need to be dealt with immediately. Negotiable ones let you work to keep your child safe, while also allowing the school to accomplish what they are trying to accomplish.

2.   Provide solutions.

If your child’s principal wants all students to bring in milk jugs for an arts and crafts project, ask if your child’s class can bring in water jugs (or orange juice, lemonade or iced tea jugs instead). Planning in advance can work for class parties, too. If your child’s teacher wants to throw an ice cream party, ask if water ice or a safe sorbet could work instead. Many times, activities that appear to be blatant disregard for your child’s situation are caused by a lack of education about food allergies. Explain the severity of the situation to your child’s teacher and/or school officials, or offer to find an expert to present the topic of food allergy at a teacher meeting. Offer alternative suggestions so teachers consider asking you for advice prior to the event!

2.   Smile and stay calm (if only for appearances).

It’s true. You really do catch more bees with honey. If you have a give-and-take relationship with the school and show appreciation when events go right, they will be more apt to help you next time.

4.   Get support.

You can’t do this alone. Involve your spouse, family, friends and people you trust. Sometimes a nurse from the allergist’s office will agree to accompany you to meetings or speak to a group. If this is possible, make sure you are on the same page first—with regard to diagnosis and treatment as well as your expectations of the school.

5.   Get it in writing.

Make sure you trust and feel confident in your child’s allergist, and try to keep your relationship a positive one. Get the best possible documentation you can from your allergist.

6.   Keep your child’s self-esteem in mind.

Always consider what is in the best interest of your child. Sometimes it is healthier for you to forfeit a conflict now, so that you don’t alienate someone who could help you down the road. There are many creative ways to allow your child to participate safely without changing the activity for the rest of the class.

7.   Become an expert in substitutions.

Have your child’s teacher tap your very creative brain any time food is used in a lesson. Then, be observant and creative. Next time a teacher wants to use washed-out cream of mushroom soup cans to hold the scissors, suggest washed-out Play-Doh containers…and provide them, if possible.

8.   Grow a thick skin.

Your child’s teacher may try their hardest to convince parents not to send their child in with a peanut butter cup or Cheetos for a school snack. But, sadly, there will always be one or two people who are difficult to convince. It’s not an excuse; it’s reality. Try not to take it personally.

9.   Show you care.

Let other parents know that you would make the same accommodations for their child—and follow through. Sometimes the school is responding to outside pressure from parents who insist on keeping the school “normal.” Showing that you are a team player can alleviate the pressure.

10.   Say “Thank you” when things go right.

Show your heartfelt appreciation any time another parent, child, teacher or school staff member goes out of their way to help make life easier for you or your child. If the classroom keeps special snacks all year long to help keep your child safe, sponsor a “thank you” party, safe snack or game time at the end of the year. Send flowers or a card to the principal or school nurse. Donate a food allergy book to the school library. Or start out a meeting by thanking the attendees for being there to listen and help.

Approved by KFA’s Medical Advisory Team August 2010.”