Allergic reactions to food — a range of symptoms

When I was a child, I suffered from several severe food allergies (as I continue to), as well as asthma. Sometimes, the reactions would include all of the possible allergy symptoms listed below, in this excellent chart by FARE. But at other times, one or more of the symptoms would be missing. This was particularly…

Article in Allergic Living: Surveys Show Low Level of Allergy Awareness

In this recent article in Allergic Living Magazine, we read about two surveys that reveal just how unprepared members of the general public are to respond to allergic reactions. Given the increasing prevalence of allergies in the population, with up to 15 million Americans and between 2 and 3 million Canadians suffering from food allergies…

Exciting news! Cat allergy vaccine trials now recruiting!

I’ve been following the development of the cat allergy vaccine since it was first announced a few years ago. The clinical trials are now in the home stretch, and if approved, the vaccine may be available as early as 2015. This is wonderful news for cat lovers with allergies. Whether the cat allergy vaccine will…

The Economist on allergy desensitization

Desensitization to peanuts has been in the news recently. Here is a brief summary by The Economist. Sensationalism-free for your reading pleasure. This is exciting research, and I hope it helps many. An important reminder from the article, however: This is not, the researchers emphasise, an experiment that anyone should attempt at home. Even under…

The power of advocacy

Today, something wonderful happened in the allergy community. A number of us, including FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education organization), tweeted our concerns about a potentially dangerous headline, and Time Magazine’s online editor changed it within hours. I’m proud to be part of this community of fierce, devoted, and talented allergy advocates. For more about the…