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Study Confirms That Exposure Therapy in Infancy Can Stop Peanut Allergy

Early and gradual exposure to peanuts under medical supervision curbed infants' allergies, according to a new study.

While researchers had seen that peanut oral immunotherapy was well tolerated by toddlers, this research focused on an even younger age group.

“We've seen how peanut oral immunotherapy is well-tolerated in toddlers, but there is limited real-world evidence available ...

Nearly a Half-Million Americans Might Have Tick-Borne Meat Allergy Syndrome

Tick bites can cause crippling infections like Lyme disease in humans, but new research suggests they can also trigger a serious meat allergy in far more Americans than thought.

Called alpha-gal syndrome, the condition may affect hundreds of thousands of Americans, U.S. health officials announced Thursday, but many doctors are not familiar with the condition, or how to diagnose or treat i...

Are Your Allergies Ready to Head Off to College?

As you stare down your freshman year of college and contemplate living away from home, you're probably facing a few “firsts”: First roommate who isn't a sibling; first time fending for yourself to make sure you're eating properly; and if you have nasal allergies, food allergies or asthma, this could be the first time you're in charge of keeping your symptoms under control.

Your health...

Race, Income Affect Your Risk for a Food Allergy

While food allergies have not historically been top of mind for racial and ethnic minorities, new research shows that Hispanic, Black and Asian communities all face a higher prevalence of these issues.

Money also mattered: In households where incomes were higher, at more than $150,000 a year, food allergies were less prevalent.

“Food allergies are not frequently talked about impac...

The Most Common Symptoms for Seasonal Allergies, Food Allergies & More

Maybe you can't weed your garden without sneezing. Perhaps your eyes start watering when you clean your home. Did your skin begin itching last night during dinner?

You may have an allergy, but you're not alone. More than 50 million adults and children in the United States have a bad reaction to pollen, dust, mold, pet dander and other common allergens, according to the

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  • May 22, 2023
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  • FDA Panel Recommends Approval of First Nasal Spray to Combat Severe Allergy Attacks

    Outside advisors for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted Thursday to recommend approval of Neffy, the first epinephrine nasal spray for severe allergic reactions.

    Although most of the Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee members supported the spray for adults (16:6) and children (17:5), key questions linger about whether more data is needed from its maker, ARS Pharmaceutical...

    Skin Patch Could Help Ease Peanut Allergy in Toddlers

    A "peanut patch" worn on the skin may help protect toddlers who have potentially life-threatening peanut allergies, a new clinical trial shows.

    The patch is a form of immunotherapy, which means it exposes peanut-allergic children to tiny bits of peanut protein over time -- with the goal of training the immune system to better tolerate it.

    In the trial, researchers found that of todd...

    Food Allergies: Testing, Management & Treatment

    So, you ate a banana. You've eaten bananas countless times in the past. But this time, your tongue and lips are itching and your lip is a bit puffy.

    If this happens to you, you are likely experiencing food allergy symptoms. You may have just joined the ranks of 32 million Americans who deal with food all...

    Vacations Are No Time to Take a Holiday From Allergy & Asthma Treatments

    Summer is almost here, and its arrival brings opportunities for many people -- including those who suffer with allergies and asthma — to plan vacations away from home.

    A recent article titled “Allergies don't take a vacation” in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology encourages those ...

    Pets Could Help Prevent Food Allergies in Kids

    While research has shown that having pets can lower the chances of respiratory allergies in children, a new study finds it might also reduce the risk of food allergies.

    Japanese investigators found that young children exposed to dogs in the home were less likely to experience egg, milk and nut allergies, while those exposed to cats were less likely to be diagnosed with egg, wheat and soyb...

    Tick Bites Can Trigger Meat Allergy: What You Need to Know

    If you are experiencing mysterious recurrent vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, you may want to consider that a tick could be responsible.

    When the lone star tick bites a person, it can transmit something called “alpha gal,” the sugar that's present in all mammals except humans, explained Dr....

    Parents, Plan Now for Allergy-Free Summer Camp

    Planning for a safe summer camp experience requires some extra steps if your child has asthma or allergies.

    An allergy expert noted that it's a huge concern for parents.

    “Most kids heading off to summer camp for the first time wonder how they'll cope sleeping in a cabin with 10 other kids, if they'll make friends, and what exactly is in the bug juice,” said allergist

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  • March 12, 2023
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  • Mouse Study Hints at New Treatment for Peanut Allergy

    People with peanut allergies have to be vigilant about avoiding the food and always be armed with emergency treatment. Now scientists say they've taken an early step toward a drug that could prevent severe reactions to peanuts in the first place.

    The compound has only been tested in lab mice, and no such drug will be available for people anytime soon, experts stressed.

    But in early ...

    About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

    If it seems as though everyone you know struggles with some sort of allergy, new research suggests you are not mistaken.

    As many as 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 kids suffers from a seasonal allergy, a food allergy or eczema, the latest government data shows.

    Caused by a reaction to plant pollen, seasonal allergies were most common type of allergy in both kids and adults. Symptoms includ...

    Make Curbing Allergies, Asthma Your New Year's Resolution

    Keeping allergies and asthma in check in the new year is a resolution worth keeping.

    With 2023 dawning, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers some suggestions for keeping symptoms under control all year long.

    "More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergic conditions," said allergist

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  • Tough New Labeling Law for Sesame Prompts Companies to Add It to Their Products

    Call it a good idea that seems to have backfired: A tough new labeling law that requires even the smallest amount of sesame be listed on food products has instead spurred some companies to add it to their products.

    The new federal law goes into effect on Jan. 1, adding sesame to the list of major al...

    Allergies & Asthma: Keep Sneezes & Wheezes at Bay This Holiday Season

    It's possible to have a joy-filled holiday season while keeping allergies and asthma in check.

    Being aware of triggers is a key, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

    “While the holidays bring much joy, some of the good times can be derailed by allergy and asthma flares,” said allergist

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  • Food Allergies & Thanksgiving Dinner Can Mix, Just Follow These Tips

    When loved ones come together for your Thanksgiving feast, keep in mind your those who have food allergies.

    Practice safety in menu planning, food preparation and even serving, urged Courtney Cary, a senior dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Be aware of the eight...

    Dangerous Myths Keep Many Adults With Food Allergies From Getting an EpiPen

    The EpiPen is a known lifesaver when someone with a serious food allergy eats something they can't tolerate.

    Yet the auto-injection treatment is greatly underused in the United States, according to a new survey.

    Just over half of at-risk adults said they had ever been prescribed the device, researchers found. And more than one-third of severe allergy sufferers mistakenly believe th...

    Severe Food Allergies Can Traumatize Kids, But New Program Helps Ease Fears

    For a young child with life-threatening food allergies "the world looks like a minefield," a New Jersey mother says.

    It's a stress-filled landscape that financial adviser Amy Leis knows all too well. Her daughter Zoe was just a few months old when she suffered her first serious reaction to food, a potentially deadly event known as

    Back to School: Keeping Kids Safe From Dangerous Food Allergies

    The back-to-school season may bring on stress for parents of children who live with food allergies.

    Parents can help reduce fear and anxiety by following some safety tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

    School districts may have different policies for how to keep school...

    Prehistoric People Drank Animal Milk, Despite Lactose Intolerance

    Researchers have long suspected that humans evolved to tolerate dairy products in order to reap their health benefits. Now a new study refutes that idea.

    Around one-third of the world's population possesses a gut enzyme that allows them to digest lactose, a sugar in milk. Those lucky individuals -- mostly of European heritage -- can feast on dairy products without suffering digestive woes...

    Health Care Plans Keep Allergy Rescue Injectors Pricey for Some

    Despite now having more choices for lifesaving emergency allergy injectors like EpiPens, the cost is still proving prohibitively expensive for some, new research shows.

    Even though most people are saving money with lower-priced alternatives...

    Stay Independent of Asthma, Allergies This July 4th

    It's time to enjoy summer celebrations, but allergies and asthma can put a damper on the festivities.

    They don't need to. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) offers some tips for keeping them in check.

    "The 4th of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans because it's in the middle of summer and folks can enjoy lovely weather with their festivities," s...

    Surprising Factors That Raise (or Lower) Your Odds for COVID-19

    A new study offers some unexpected conclusions about what factors might influence your chances of getting COVID-19.

    What did it find? People with food allergies have a lower risk of infection than those without them do, while asthma does...

    Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

    A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

    The 132 pallets of formula arrived in Indianapolis on a military C-17 cargo plane from Germany, and will be fed to babies intolerant of the protein supplied by co...

    C-Sections Won't Raise Baby's Odds for Food Allergies

    Babies delivered by cesarean section are no more likely to have food allergies during their first year of life than other infants, according to an Australian study.

    The association between type of delivery and food allergy risk had been unclear, so researchers decided to take a closer look.

    For the study, they analyzed data on more than 2,000 infants in Australia; 30% were delivered...

    Sudden Reaction to a Food? It Could Be Adult-Onset Allergy

    You bite into an apple and suddenly your mouth starts tingling. Or you eat shrimp for dinner and get hives.

    You're not a kid and you've been able to eat these foods your whole life, so what's going on?

    A number of conditions could be the cause, but one is adult-onset food allergies. That's becoming allergic -- sometimes seriously so -- after reaching adulthood.

    Researchers do...

    Poor Labeling Dangerous to People With Sesame Allergy

    Sesame isn't declared on more than half of food products that contain it, which could put some people at risk for an allergic reaction, researchers warn.

    A serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can be deadly.

    By 2023, sesame will have to be listed on labels of food products sold in the ...

    Exposing Kids to Safe Levels of Peanut When Young Might Prevent Allergy

    Some kids might be able to get over their peanut allergy if they start immunotherapy while they're still toddlers, a major new clinical trial reports.

    In the trial, a group of 1- to 3-year-olds with severe peanut allergies were safely fed gradually increasing daily doses...

    Make Asthma, Allergy Control Your Resolution for the New Year

    If your New Year's resolution is to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms under control in 2022, it's best to do so in small steps, an expert says.

    "The best way to tackle health challenges is in small bits, and that goes for allergy and asthma control," said Dr. Mark Corbett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

    "The last few years have been ...

    Keep Your Holidays Allergy-Free This Year

    Planning ahead will reduce the risk of allergies and asthma interfering with your holiday plans, an expert says.

    "In addition to concerns about COVID-19, those with allergies and asthma sometimes have an added layer of anxiety because they need to always be thinking about allergy and asthma triggers that can cause serious symptoms," said Dr. Mark Corbett, president of the American College...

    Let Babies Eat Eggs to Avoid Egg Allergy Later: Study

    Feeding eggs to infants could reduce their risk of egg allergy later on, new research suggests.

    For the study, researchers at the University at Buffalo in New York, analyzed U.S. government data from more than 2,200 parents who were surveyed about their children's eating habits and food allergies from birth to 6 years of age.

    "We found that children who hadn't had egg introduced by ...

    Kids With Food Allergies Are Often Targets for Bullies

    Life is challenging enough for teens and pre-teens with food allergies. But bullying often comes with the territory, making their situation worse.

    In a new study of more than 100 kids with food allergies, nearly one-third said they had been subject to some form of food allergy-related bullying.

    "We also found that only 12% of parents reported that their child was bullied for f...

    Keeping Classrooms Safe for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

    Parents of kids with asthma and allergies should prepare a plan to keep them safe as schools reopen, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) says.

    Along with guarding against COVID-19, it's important to protect against cold, flu and other viruses that pose a risk to children with asthma. That includes wearing masks, washing hands and using hand sanitizer whenever po...

    Make Summer Camp Safe for Your Child With Asthma, Allergies

    With many summer camps open again this year, parents of kids with asthma and allergies need to make sure the one they choose is safe for their youngsters.

    While federal health officials have issued guidelines to protect campers and staff from COVID-19, "camps still need to make sure measures are in place in case a camper has an allergic reaction or an asthma flare," said Dr. Luz Fonacier,...

    $340 Million Settlement Proposed in EpiPen Lawsuits

    Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay $345 million in a proposed settlement to resolve lawsuits over steep EpiPen price increases.

    EpiPens are auto-injectable devices that deliver the drug epinephrine for emergency treatment of a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

    In 2016, a number of class-action lawsuits were filed against Pfizer and its subsidiaries Meridian Medical T...

    Gluten Doesn't Trigger 'Brain Fog' for Women Without Celiac Disease: Study

    Going gluten-free is a trend that touts benefits for the mind and body, but a new study finds no evidence that gluten is bad for your brain.

    Among nearly 13,500 middle-aged women, researchers found no connection between eating wheat, barley or rye (the sources of gluten) and mental ability.

    According to the study authors, the only folks who benefit mentally from avoiding gluten are...

    How Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVID

    As kids get ready for summer camp, parents might be fretting about exposure to COVID-19, but a doctors' group says they also need to make sure their campers will be protected from allergy and asthma triggers.

    "The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has issued guidelines for keeping campers and staff protected from COVID-19. At the same time, camps still need to make sure measur...

    Why C-Section Babies May Be at Higher Risk for a Food Allergy

    Could there be a link between having a C-section and your baby's chances of developing a peanut allergy?

    Yes, a team of Canadian researchers warns.

    Their new study found that babies born via cesarean section appear to have relatively low levels of so-called Bacteroides, a specific form of bacteria that is key to the proper development of a child's immune system.

    The findi...

    Breastfeeding Moms Get Mixed Messages When Baby Has an Allergy

    Breastfeeding mothers whose babies have food allergies often get conflicting advice from doctors on whether they should change their eating habits, according to a new study.

    "We found that guidance from health care practitioners for breastfeeding mothers in this situation was inconsistent," said study lead author Dr. Hannah Wangberg, an allergist-immunologist in San Diego.

    "Of the 1...

    Not Just Kids: Peanut Allergy Affects Many Adults

    Peanut allergy is often thought of as a children's problem, but three out of four Americans with the condition are older than 17, researchers say.

    Despite this, treatment remains focused on kids, says Dr. Ruchi Gupta, co-author of a new study and a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

    Her team conducted telephone and online surv...

    Race Plays Role in Kids' Food Allergies: Study

    Black American children have higher rates of shellfish and fish allergies than white children, a new study finds.

    The research confirms the important role that race plays in children's food allergies, the study authors said.

    "Food allergy is a common condition in the U.S., and we know from our previous research that there are important differences between African American and white ...

    Fewer Food Allergies in Kids If Mom Drinks Milk While Breastfeeding: Study

    Mothers who drink cow's milk while breastfeeding may reduce their child's risk of developing food allergies, a new Swedish study suggests.

    "This is a compelling first step in defining a potential relationship between maternal diet and allergy risk," said Dr. Peter Lio, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in C...

    Allergies Won't Up Your Odds for Severe COVID

    In a study of hospitalized patients who had COVID-19, outcomes for those who had allergies were similar to those of other patients, a new study reports.

    The findings were scheduled to be presented to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), which was held virtually this past weekend.

    "We examined the charts of 275 patients admitted to the hospital who tested ...

    Kids With Food Allergies Can Become Targets for Bullies

    As if having food allergies isn't hard enough on a child, new research shows that almost 1 in 5 of these kids are bullied.

    The bullying didn't stop at the schoolyard. A similar percentage of parents said they had been teased about their concern for their child's food allergies.

    "I think this is an underreported problem because a lot of kids don't report being bullied. I think bullyi...

    Study Probes Links in Asthma, Food Sensitivity and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Teens who had asthma and food hypersensitivity when they were younger are at increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers report.

    For the study, the investigators examined the health of 2,770 children from birth to age 16. Kids with IBS at age 16 were more likely to have had asthma at age 12 (about 11% versus 7%).

    In addition, the researchers found t...

    Plan Ahead to Keep Halloween Safe for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

    This Halloween may be especially challenging for parents of children with asthma and allergies, as they also have to guard against COVID-19.

    "Every year we send out tips on how to keep your kids with allergies and asthma symptom-free as they celebrate one of their favorite holidays," said allergist Dr. J. Allen Meadows, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunolo...

    Exposing Babies to Wheat Very Early Might Prevent Celiac Disease: Study

    Childhood risk for developing the allergic/autoimmune disorder known as celiac disease might be eliminated if infants were exposed to gluten as early as 4 months of age, new British research suggests.

    The observation is based on work with 1,300 infants. Half were exposed to solid foods -- including wheat protein -- at an age that conflicts with current breastfeeding guidelines. Among...

    Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

    Parents of kids with food allergies probably won't be surprised to hear that Halloween is an especially risky time for their youngsters.

    A new study found that serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) triggered by peanuts jumped 85% when kids were trick or treating. Serious reactions triggered by an unknown tree nut or peanut exposure rose by 70% on Halloween compared to the ...