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I've been asked a multitude of questions about drug allergies over the past 20 years. Most people do not get through life without having a side effect from a prescription drug or over the counter (OTC) medication. Adverse drug reactions occur when a medication causes a symptom or abnormal body function that is unintentional and potentially harmful. There are many types of adverse drug reactions but they are often classified as either allergic or non-allergic.
Allergic reactions to drugs are the result of the immune system responding to the medication as if it were a foreign invader (or germ). Symptoms and signs of drug allergy include: itching, rash, swelling, hives, wheezing, dizziness, fainting and fever or anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction). But these are not the only possible signs/symptoms of allergic drug reactions. Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Unfortunately many of the above signs/symptoms may also occur in...
With the Beijing Summer Olympics having taken place last month, combined with the start of school and a new season of athletic competition, we all start thinking about healthy snacks we can provide our kids that nourish their bodies and give them an energy boost just before their games. There are dozens of power bars on the market, with protein and healthy carbohydrates to promote muscle development and aid athlete with a steady source of energy.
But if your child has food allergies , these bars may be off limits to them. Many of these energy bars contain peanuts, tree nuts, whole grain wheat or dairy as their sources of protein or carbohydrates. I can't give these bars to my daughter, so I developed a recipe for an allergen-free energy bar that is both healthy and delicious.
(Note: The recipe below contains coconut, which is actually a seed and not a nut. FAAN and most allergists agree that coconut is not a tree nut, but the FDA has included coconut in their definition of t...
Read Part I of Protecting Your Child With Food Allergies Here
As I mentioned in my previous post , education is
your best tool to ensure your child doesn't suffer from an inadvertent allergic
reaction. I've talked a little about
educating your child. The next step is to teach all the other people
who come into contact with your child about their food allergies and the necessary precautions needed to
prevent an allergic reaction.
I've discovered over the last few years that my daughter,
Meredith, understands more about food allergies than most adults do. Before Meredith was diagnosed, I certainly
fell into that category. Dealing with
food allergies is an everyday mindset that has to be learned. Even though you may tell another parent or
caregiver that your child has food allergies, it doesn't mean they comprehen...
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