Halloween Trick-or-Treating and Food Allergies

Halloween is about getting candy and lots of it, but what if your child has food allergies?I have several friends whose children have one or more food allergies, making Halloween Trick-or-Treating a nerve-wracking experience.

Mediband is offering a tool to help parents of children with allergies, a silicon wristband, such as those promoting a host of causes, that a child can wear to identify them as having allergies. Although it could be a big help for a Halloween party or similar occasion, would it really be helpful for Trick-or-Treating? If a group of kids are at your door clamoring for candy, will you really notice a child’s wristband? And even if you do, then you’re now in the awkward position of refusing a kid candy because you don’t have something he or she can safely eat.

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Study: Child Food Allergies Hereditary

A new study by the University of Oulu suggests that children of allergic parents face a three times greater risk for developing food allergies. This is the first time a hereditary link has been established.

One parent’s food allergy doubles the likelihood that a child will develop allergic reactions to certain foods.

“Our research concluded that the more different types of allergies parents have, the likelier it is for children to be diagnosed with food allergies by the age of four,” says researcher Kaisa Pyrhönen.

Symptoms usually begin developing during the first year of life.

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Common Food Allergies for Adults

Food allergies are reactions by the immune system to a particular food or group of foods. Most food allergies are diagnosed in children, and many children outgrow their allergies by the time they become adults. Adults can also develop new food allergies later in life. The foods that adults are allergic to tend to be different from those that cause allergies in children. Here are the most common foods allergies for adults in the United States.

Shellfish – Shellfish allergies tend to develop later in life, rather than during childhood. Shellfish is the most common food allergy for adults with approximately 2 percent of adults in the U.S. having this condition. Shellfish allergies tend to be severe and last for the rest of your life. Shellfish allergies fall into two groups – crustaceans (lobsters, shrimp, and crawfish) or mollusks (clams, oysters, and mussels). Some people develop an allergy to one group or the other while other people are allergic to both groups.

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Food Allergies Linked to Asthma Risk

About three of every 100 people in the U.S. have at least one food allergy, and the presence of a food allergy may raise their risk of asthma, a study shows.

The study, which appears in the October issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, is the largest to offer a national snapshot of food allergy prevalence.

Children are at greater risk for food allergy than adults, and black male children are particularly at risk, the study shows.

“This gives us a good perspective, and the prevalence number is pretty solid,” says study researcher Andy Liu, MD, an allergist at National Jewish Health in Denver.

Food allergies are on most everyone’s radar screen these days with growing numbers of schools calling themselves “peanut-aware” or “peanut-free” and parents routinely asked to provide information on their child’s food allergies.

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Three in 100 people have food allergies, study says

Nearly 3 out of 100 Americans have a food allergy, according to a new study believed to be the largest one conducted on food allergies.

The study of 8,200 people of all ages was conducted by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. NIH funded the study. It found more than 2.5 percent of the population, or 7.5 million people, have at least one food allergy.

The most common allergy is peanuts antibodies, the proteins made by the immune system in response to allergens. Others big allergens were allergic to shrimp, eggs, milk. Many people had more than one allergy.

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Colchester based Allergy Essex is pleased to announce that it is now working in partnership with Mediband as the first UK stockist of its range of medical alert bracelets.

Michael and Michelle Merrett, founders of Allergy Essex live in Colchester. Michelle suffers from a penicillin allergy herself, and two of their three children also have allergies. Her youngest son is almost two years old and was diagnosed with allergies to cow’s milk protein and house dust mites at just 16 months after suffering constant throat infections and tummy upsets.

Allergy Essex now stocks Mediband medical ID bracelets, as well as a wide range of allergy free foods, and aims to eradicate consumers’ ‘may contain’ worries. Their range of foods are almost all free from gluten, dairy, egg, wheat, soy, shellfish and crustaceans, nuts and peanuts, as well as being free from artificial colours and flavours.


Halloween Extra Scary When Kids Have Nut Allergies

SUNDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) — For most kids, Halloween parties and trick-or-treating can be a mixture of fun and frightening, but for children with a nut allergy, the day can actually be dangerous, warns a doctor.

This type of allergy “can be a life-or-death situation. Just because a child only had a rash the first time exposed doesn’t mean it won’t be more serious the next time,” Dr. Sean Cahill, an associate professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a Loyola news release.

“Though having a nut allergy is serious, kids should still be able to have fun. The key is education. Make sure your child knows what he or she can eat,” Cahill added.

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Flu vaccine may be safe for people with egg allergies

This flu season, people with egg allergies should not be worried about getting the seasonal influenza vaccine, or the H1N1 vaccine, experts say. These vaccines, which are now combined into one shot, can be safely administered to the majority of individuals with egg allergies, according to several recent studies.

However, the vaccine should be given under the supervision of an allergist or immunologist.

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Patients urged to take advantage of modern health care gadgets

UAE Health By Dina El Shammaa, Abu Dhabi Deputy Editor

Abu Dhabi: Patients should use technology to their advantage and avoid relying on their own memory, health care professionals said at a conference on Tuesday.

During Tuesday’s final day of the Arabian Public Health Forum 2010, patients were advised to keep well-informed on care area focuses such as preventive education and chronic illness management, through simple technology such as mobile phones.

Speaking about the importance of technology during his presentation, Dr Saif Al Jaibeji, Medical Director at the Green Crescent Insurance Company, explained the importance of using a glucometer equipped with a two-way communication between patients and caregivers and a system of medical alerts and reminders. The reading goes directly from the glucometer to the health care provider via mobile phone.

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Bacteria May Be to Blame for Childhood Asthma Attacks

By Catherine Donaldson-Evans

Bacterial infections may trigger as many asthma attacks in children as viruses do, new research suggests.

Viral respiratory infections, including colds and flu-like illnesses, have long been known to cause kids and adults with asthma to have an attack — characterized by a fit of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

But a study by Danish scientists shows that treatable bacterial infections can also be a culprit.
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