Shellfish allergies

Allergies, Food Allergies
    Shellfish allergies are a much greater problem than fish allergies, because it is much more common and causes a greater severity of anaphylaxis than most other allergies. Shellfish allergies are rare in children, it generally develops during adulthood and is lifelong in virtually all sufferers. Those who are allergic to one shellfish are generally allergic to all.     The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that crustacean shellfish are one of the eight (8) foods or food groups that make up 90% of all serious allergic reactions in the United States.     Over 75% of people are allergic to all types of crustacean shellfish if they are allergic to any. The rate of allergy to non-crustacean shellfish and other sea creatures appears lower, but there is still a risk that would need…
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Tips for Avoiding Food Allergies

Food Allergies
“Knowledge” is key to keeping yourself and others safe from food allergens. It is necessary to think about allergen avoidance at every meal and social gathering. Accidents can happen, but being educated and prepared goes a long way in maintaining safety. Constant vigilance is needed to consider the safety of foods at each meal and snack whether at home or in a restaurant. At home, you can start at the supermarket with reading ingredient labels. Except under unusual circumstances, the label should list all ingredients. Surprisingly enough, some products have hidden ingredients that are not fully disclosed. Ingredients can change, so vigilance is needed by reading the label each time to ensure that any new ingredients are not problematic. While reading the ingredient labels you may come across a “contains”…
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Does A Peanut Allergy mean an Allergy to Seeds also?

Does A Peanut Allergy mean an Allergy to Seeds also?

Allergies, Food Allergies
First, let's learn the confusing meaning of nuts, seeds and legumes. This is especially confusing for allergic patients (and parents) who are trying to decide what foods to avoid. For example, "legume" is used to describe peanut as well as peas, chickpeas, and soy, yet also includes wattles and the black bean tree of Queensland. "Tree nut" has a limited meaning such as; almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts and brazil nuts. When we think of seeds, we think of small seeds like sesame, sunflower, poppy and pumpkin seeds, when coconut is actually also a seed. Even though there is little similarity between peanut allergies and tree nuts or seed allergies, there is an increased risk of other food allergies in people allergic to peanuts. Some doctors recommend that people allergic to…
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Can my baby be allergic to my breastmilk?

Can my baby be allergic to my breastmilk?

Food Allergies
The simplified answer is, No, your baby cannot be allergic to your breastmilk. Instead, however, your baby can possibly be allergic or sensitive to a protein in mom's milk due to something in mom's diet. In the rare instances this occurs, the most common culprit is cow's milk (ice cream, cheese, smoothies, etc.) While this occasionally true, the chances are slim, because only between 2% and 8% of babies are actually allergic to the small trace amount of protein in mom's milk. For a baby who's ONLY on mom's milk,  the risk is only 0.5% for the proteins in cow's milk and 0.7% for proteins in soy. What you should know is that in some studies, the small amount of proteins in mom's milk is actually helping the baby be…
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Gluten Free Diet

Gluten Free Diet

Food Allergies
[caption id="attachment_385" align="alignright" width="300"] Gluten - Summit Shah[/caption] Some people start a gluten free diet because it is the fad, others because they have to we try to cover both in this article along with the possible consequences. Immune System Response Gluten-sensitive enteropathy disease is caused by an immune system response to gluten, a protein in wheat, and related proteins in  barley and rye. This disorder is also called Celiac disease.This is an inherited disorder affecting the gut and sometimes other parts of the body. Nearly 1 in 100 persons has Gluten-sensitive disease (Celiac disease). Although, gluten-sensitive enteropathy is caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten, most people do not consider this to be a food allergy because of the difference in symptoms. Wheat allergy results in rapid, typical…
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