Food Allergies

Common Allergies and Dog Food Comparison Tests

These days it seems that almost everybody suffers from some kind of food allergy. Whether it’s because allergies are easier to diagnose or we’re becoming increasingly intolerant to the food we eat, nobody knows for sure. However, despite the fact that many humans are allergic to certain kinds of foods, few owners pay attention to the content of the  10 best dog food brands that they feed their dogs on a regular basis.

The first step to identifying a possible allergy to dog food is to watch your dog closely when he or she is eating. Take note of any slight changes in behavior or suspicious reactions. If the behaviors persist for a few days, consult your veterinarian for a diagnosis of the allergy. Follow the vet visit up with a dog food comparison test to see if there’s another brand of wellness dog food that your dog is not allergic to.

Allergic reactions, especially to protein in dog food, are more common than you think. Make sure to do the research before you buy wellness dog food or any other brand. High protein content could negatively affect your pet. The majority of allergic reactions are hardly noticeable but always take the necessary precautions to ensure your pet’s health and well-being.

Common dog food ingredients could cause a reaction in any dog. Chicken, beef, dairy, corn, and wheat are some of the ingredients known to trigger allergies. Should protein be the cause of your dog’s allergies, then it may be necessary for you to alter your pet’s diet. An easy way to find an alternative food is to research for free dog food samples online that you can let your dog try. Free dog food testers can be easily found online or even at local retail stores.

Children’s Books on Peanut Allergies

Peanut Allergy Children’s Books

For a parent, the diagnosis of a peanut allergy is a frightening one. Not only must they learn how to use an Epi-Pen, read labels on anything they buy, and watch everything that comes in contact with their child, they must also teach their children to do this while boosting their self esteem.

Kids are bullied for peanut allergies and many parents/teachers don’t understand that a speck of a peanut can kill your child with a peanut allergy so these children must truly understand what is at stake and learn tips on how to live safely. Thankfully, now there are several children’s books available on the subject.

1. Jude the Dude: The Peanut Allergy Kid (Available on Amazon)

Jude the Dude is a rhyming 30 page book filled with vivid illustrations on how to live safely with a peanut allergy. The main character, Jude is upset on being recently diagnosed with his peanut allergy. But, soon he learns that life isn’t about the food you eat, it is about who you are. Jude learns (and teaches children) tips to live safely. He brings his own food to parties, reads labels on everything, sits at special tables, and learns to use his Epi-Pen. The reader is taught how to use an Epi-Pen with a catchy rhyme that will stay in the reader’s minds. At the end of the book, Jude the Dude grows up to become successful and teach his daughter all about peanut allergies.

As one Reviewer Stated:

-With full color illustrations, this useful book provides important information for children with peanut allergies, which they will be able to remember and use. It touches on the disappointment and other feelings of children who find themselves restricted in what they eat. Then, it talks about the things that will help a child find coping strategies. Epi-Pen use is described, and bring your own food to events is mentioned. Schools are working hard to keep children both safe and feeling like they are part of the group. This aspect of the situation is part of the story. There is a happy ending – always a plus for helping children to stay positive. I think that this book would be helpful in a family, at school, in waiting rooms, and available in libraries.-

2. Allie the Allergic Elephant (Available on Amazon)

Allie is an Elephant that suffers from a peanut allergy. Allie teaches children that peanut allergies are serious. She learns not to share snacks and that many foods actually -hide- peanuts. She also teaches children to be able to say “No thank you” to both friends and adults offering them food (something each child definitely needs to be able to do!). Allie the Elephant is a fun (yet informative) book with very cute illustrations of Allie (we absolutely love her facial expressions!).

As one Reviewer Stated:

“This is a great book for explaining food allergies to all children. My children do not have food allergies but this book did a wonderful job of explaining how serious they can be! My three-year-old was able to grasp the concept that some foods can make other children sick and should not be shared. And my seven-year-old was surprised to learn all the foods which “hide” peanuts. In addition to being educational, this is an enjoyable and humorous book that my youngest child chooses at bedtime again and again.”

3. The Princess and the Peanut Allergy (Available on Amazon)

The Peanut Allergy Princess centers around two friends: Regina and Paula. Regina is having a party with nutty fudge brownies and peanut butter candies. Paula is upset since she cannot have any of the cake and Regina is upset that she won’t have any of the cake. Regina goes home and creates an interesting plan to make everything right. This book has very cute illustrations and I love the title and the story. A few things parents need to be aware when reading this story to their child is that even if a cake does not have peanuts, it should not be eaten (unless it is a specially made cake). Most baked goods are contaminated with peanuts so peanut allergy sufferers cannot eat store bought cakes. The second thing parents need to be reminded while reading this story is that if a party served that many nuts and peanut butter, your child should probably not be attending. The children will have peanut butter all over them for the rest of the party. Nonetheless, it is very cute and whimsical.

As one reviewer stated:

-The book analagizes a tiny bit of peanut to a little tiny pea under a princesses bed in “the princess in the pea”– helps kids to understand that even a tiny little bit can hurt. Also addresses some social problems kids might have regarding allergies. Really a sweet story that my two year old non-allergic girl loves even more than my four year old with allergies. I think it would be great for older children as well.-

4. The Peanut-Free Caf (Available on Amazon)

The Peanut-Free Caf actually takes a different approach and centers around a child without a peanut allergy. The most popular food at the elementary school is peanut butter but when a child with a peanut allergy enrolls, he must sit at a special table without peanut butter. The first, Grant, the peanut allergy child, sits there alone. But after developing a plan to make his table fun with crafts, other children start joining him. One non peanut allergy child, Simon, has difficulty giving up his peanut lunch, but eventually does to join in the fun. It is fun, lively, and inspiring for a fun peanut free table.

Reviewer States:

-One of the most interesting thing about Gloria Koster’s peanut allergy picture book is its choice to make the main character a child without a peanut allergy. Kids with peanut allergies already know how important and inconvenient it is to avoid peanuts. By showing the growing understanding of the problem from the point of view of an “outsider,” Peanut-Free Cafe allows every child to learn about peanut allergies and gain perspective about the difficulties of others who suffer this problem. With lively illustrations and a clever story, this book’s educational value is only icing on the cake!-

Children surviving food allergies in Knoxville, TN

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Hi my name is Candice Heinz! I am a single mother who has an adorable five year old with severe food and environmental allergies. It is rough living in the “asthma capital of the world” with a son who already has enough trouble breathing. We first found out he had food allergies around four months. His whole body was broke out and he was having acid reflux and choking episodes. We had to put him on Enfamil Nutramigen which he had to drink until he was three years old because he was allergic to rice and soymilk. He started out being allergic to practically everything. Now he is allergic to Milk, Eggs, and Peanuts. When your child first gets diagnosed with food allergies it is hard to figure out what you are going to feed them and then you have to figure out where to buy the food because most regular grocery stores don’t sell a whole lot of allergy free foods. I hope my website will make life a little easier.

Where can I buy allergy free food?

Finding food for your child when you are first starting out is the hard part. I recommend:

Kroger’s on clinton hwy and the new one in fountain city: They have a lot of allergy free food in their health food section.

Ingles on emory roadhas been stepping up and has a lot of allergy free food in their health/gluten free section.

Earthfare in turkey creek: They have a lot of allergy free food also

Go nutrition in west knoxville: 10961 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934 8656758886

you can order sunbutter online

use the above link to order enjoy-life foods online they also have a ton of gluten free products

*Always remember if you can’t find what you are looking for you can special order or request allergy free food from your local grocery store just ask the manager.

Did you know?????

There are hidden food allergy dangers EVERYWHERE!!!! For instance did you know that there is MILK in McDonalds French fries? I am VERY upset that they do not post it somewhere in the restaurant. What’s even MORE upsetting is that when asked if their french fries contain milk 99% of the employees will tell you no and then when you ask them to check on the package because your son has severe food allergy to Milk they come back completely shocked.


Request coupons from silk, tofutti, enjoylife foods, or any other allergy free food you buy. Allergy free food is expensive so buy in bulk online when you can. Watch for sales and use your coupons when there is a sale.


Eczema can be an irritating side effect of food allergies. If the eczema is really bad try the wet pajamas method. After a bath immediately apply a good lotion such as gold bond ultimate healing or eucerin (if your childis prescribed elidel or any other topical ointment or cream apply it first before the lotion) then wet a pair of pajamas and put them on your child for 30 minutes or as long as they will keep them on. I learned this from my sons dermatologist and it works! The key is to get your child to do it try putting the pj’s in warm water and then when they are on wrap the child in a beach towel so they don’t get cold. The wetness against the lotion makes the skin absorb it better.

Eczema relief is all about consistency. Make sure you use lotion morning and night. I highly reccomend Gold Bond ultimate healing lotion. It is on the exspensive side but I swear by it. My sons skin used to feel like an alligators and now it is as smooth as a babys butt!

Celebrities with Peanut Allergies

Having a family memeber who is highly allergic to Peanuts and most other tree nuts, I wondered how many of our favorite stars are also suffer from allergic reactions. So I did a little research. There are a bunch of them out there. People like Ray Romano from the popular Television Cit-Com “Everybody Loves Raymond” is allergic to peanuts.

Having these allergies, actors have a specific hurdle to get over. If they are required to touch or kiss a fellow actor, they have to be sure that actor has not eaten peanuts within, at least, eight hours. Otherwise they may have a reaction that could be life threatening.

Below I have listed a few of our favorite celebrities who you may not have know to have food allergies, specifically peanuts. I think you might be surprise at who is on this list. For those of you who have these allergies, you don’t have to feel alone. There are many people out there fighting the same fight you are fighting.

Caterers Catering To People With Food Allergies

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The challenges that people with food allergies face are extremely important.

If you’re wondering where you can find caterers that care and cater to people with food allergies responsibly… caterers are here that will help you.

It’s extremely crucial for party hosts to try to find out about their guest’s food allergy issues. It can be scary when they don’t know, because it’s such a serious issue… about real people, and the delicate balance of life.

This is seriously no joke – especially when you consider that without knowing it, someone’s life could be on the line in a heartbeat.

Anyone can leave a response to anything that they’d like to, below. Feel free to do so!

Food Allergies: In My Own Voice

Now I “get it”.

Now I know firsthand that food allergies are no joke; they’re a very serious issue.

My little niece suffers from anaphylaxis, having been diagnosed with acute celiac disease – because she has zero tolerance to wheat and dairy products.

Unfortunately, she also suffers from a rare disease that affects her lungs known as histiocytosis or pulmonary histiocytosis X.

It’s weird… it sometimes seems like her food allergy illness attracts her lung illness and vice versa..

It’s not uncommon for us to be on alert… on standby and at the ready to go the hospital, often leaving with only a moment’s notice.

My niece is now 10 years old and has spent roughly 60% of her young life in the hospital, often barely making it through life-threatening situations. Extreme precautionary measures have had to be taken to insure that she would be comfortable and safe.

It’s been pretty scary for our entire family.

Doctor Visit Information

What information should I provide my doctor?

For one to two weeks, keep a food diary of everything you eat, the symptoms you experience, and how long after eating the symptoms occur. This information, combined with a physical examination and lab tests, will help the doctor determine which food, if any, is causing your symptoms.

What is the difference between a skin prick test and a blood or RAST test?

The skin prick test or a blood test, such as the RAST (or radioallergosorbent test), is commonly used to begin to determine if an allergy exists. (The RAST is sometimes called the CAP-RAST or ImmunoCap test.)

A skin prick test is usually cheaper and can be done in the doctor’s office. The doctor places a drop of the substance being tested on the patient’s forearm or back and pricks the skin with a needle, allowing a tiny amount to enter the skin. If the patient is allergic to the substance, a wheal (mosquito bite-like bump) will form at the site within about 15 minutes.

A RAST test requires a blood sample. The sample is sent to a medical laboratory, where tests are done with specific foods to determine whether the patient has IgE antibodies to that food. The results are usually received within one week.

Which test is better?

Although both tests are reliable, there are instances where one is better than the other. Many doctors use a RAST for young children or for patients who have eczema or other skin problems that would make if difficult to read the results of a prick skin test. The results of either test are combined with other information, such as a history of symptoms and a food challenge, to determine whether a food allergy exists. Learn more about Food Allergy Testing (.pdf ~70KB).

How is food allergy related to eosinophilic esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) is a disorder characterized by the infiltration of a large number of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach). EE can be triggered by food allergies. Once a diagnosis of EE is confirmed, allergy testing is typically required. In many situations, avoiding the allergens that trigger the eosinophils will be an effective treatment. Skin allergy testing will include skin prick testing and may also include patch testing (to look for delayed reactions). To learn more about EE, please visit the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders website at

Additional information

For a list of doctors in your area, contact:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
(800) 822-ASMA

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
(800) 842-7777

American Academy of Pediatrics
(800) 433-9016

Source of information: FAAN

Michigan Bill 5052 Was Passed!  Mandatory Allergy Training for Michigan School Personnel

This Bill was introduced to the Michigan legislature June 22nd, 2009. It was passed by the members of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate, then presented to Governor Jennifer M. Granholm on December 8th of the same year. It was assigned PA 181’09 on December 15th, 2009, going into effect immediately.

Thankfully, Jimmy Womack, who was the primary Bill sponsor, as well as Deb Kennedy, Douglas Geiss, Rashida Tlaib, Harold Haugh, Tim Melton, Shanelle Jackson, David Nathan, Lesia Liss, Roy Schmidt, Vincent Gregory, Jim Slezak, George Cushingberry, Gabe Leland, Woodrow Stanley, Fred Durhal, Bob Constan, Bill Rogers, Ellen Cogen Lipton, Bettie Scott, Paul Scott worked hard to get Bill 5052 for Mandatory Allergy Training for Michigan School Personnel recognized, pushed through the Michigan legislature channels, and passed.

This was a step of paramount importance! Because one out of every three children born today has food allergies.

We at Carlo At Your Service Productions, a catering and special event planning company, serve the Detroit, Michigan and Houston, Texas food allergy community. Some of our clients and family members are plagued with chronic food allergy issues, so obviously Bill 5052 was an important bill for us to see passed.

Congratulations, State of Michigan. You did it!

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by eating gluten (wheat), which is found in bread, pasta, pizza, cookies and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. Oats may contain gluten, as well.

When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, an immune reaction occurs in the small intestine that damages the surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients from food. Eventually, this will cause vitamin deficiencies that deprive the brain, bones, liver, peripheral nervous system and othere organs of vital nourishment, which can lead to other illnesses.
This is especially serious in children, who obviously need the proper nutrition to develop and grow.

There is no cure for this disease.
Though it can be managed through changing your diet.

What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur within minutes or seconds of exposure to something such as certain foods, some medications, insect venom and latex.

The flood of chemicals released into the immune system during anaphylaxis can cause a person to go into shock; your blood pressure suddenly drops and the airways narrow, blocking normal breathing.

Symptoms of food allergies include rapid, weak pulse, skin rash or hives, nausea and vomiting.

Anaphylaxis requires an immediate trip to the emergency room and an injection of epinephrine.

And, if it’s not treated right away it can result in unconsciousness or even death.

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What is Histiocytosis X?

Histiocytosis X involves swelling of the airways (bronchioles) and small blood vessels in the lungs.
The inflammation leads to lung stiffening and damage.

Histiocytosis occurs when too many histiocytes enter the body.
Histiocytes are a form of white blood cells in the body which widely multiply, when possibly threatening foreign cells enter the body – they’re sort of like the defence unit.

Patients with this disease have histiocytes that multiply uncontrollably for unknown reasons, forming masses of tumor like tissue – attacking and causing damage to the patients bones, spleen, liver, lungs, skin and lymph nodes.

In many ways, this disease is like cancer – and sometimes remission takes place without treatment.

Histiocytosis X affects 1 in every 200,000 children and adults each year.
It is most often seen in children between the ages 1 to 15. The rate peaks among children 5 to 10.

The cause of this disease is unknown.

It most often affects those ages 30 to 40, usually cigarette smokers.

Share Food Allergy Information

If you have any good information to share about food allergies, you’re invited to share it here.

Just go to the bio/profile area on the page, click on the place in the top, right-hand corner that says “View Full Profile” – and, leave a message submitting your food allergy-related information and link.

We update periodically to keep everyone current, so your information will be reviewed and added to this site pretty fast.

A link back is guaranteed.

Food Allergy Organizations  The Following Sites Support the Understanding of Gluten and Allergen-Free Experiences

Action Against Allergy – UK
Allergic Living
Allergy Moms
Allergy New Zealand
Coeliac New Zealand
Coeliac UK
Dietitians & Gluten Intolerance
Food Allergy Connection
Food Allergy Initiative
American Celiac Disease Alliance
Anaphylaxis Australia
Arico Natural Foods
Association of European Coeliac Societies
Canadian Celiac Association
Case Consulting Laboratories
Celiac Disease Foundation
Foods Matter
Gluten Free Classes
Gluten Free Food and Allergy Shows
Gluten Intolerance Group
Kids with Food Allergies
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Celiac Sprue Association
Celinal Foods
Coeliac Australia
Parents of Kids with Food Allergies
Shepherd Works Australia
Various Food Allergy Consumer Support Groups


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Difference Between Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities

When a person eats something and has a bad reaction to it, unless it’s some obvious kind of food poisoning, he or she often assumes it’s an allergy. In reality, food allergies are statistically very rare, but being intolerant or unusually sensitive to certain foods or substances in the food is far more common. Some of the symptoms (nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea) are the same unless the allergy is dangerous enough to cause anaphylaxis. Diagnosis of a food allergy is best done by a professional, but an intolerance is much more easily for someone to identify. If a food makes you sick when you eat it, perhaps you shouldn’t eat it.

The most common food allergies in children are eggs, milk, peanuts, soy and fruits (including tomatoes or strawberries). Some childhood allergies can be outgrown. In adults, the most common allergies are shellfish, tree nuts, fish, eggs and peanuts. Nut and egg allergies can have a drastic effect on diet, because of how modern food is processed. For example, if the same machines are used to chop different kinds of nuts in a factory, enough of the allergen can remain in a food that normally would not contain it to cause a dangerous reaction.

The most common food intolerance is lactose intolerance, which is the inability to digest the lactose that is found in milk products. Milk can be found in baked goods and sauces as well as the in the obvious milky beverages. In general, intolerance is more common. For example, lactose intolerance is experienced by 10% of Americans. While an intolerance won’t produce an immediately deadly reaction like some allergies, ignoring the symptoms over time can make a person pretty sick, especially if they aren’t replacing the nutrition they’re missing by avoiding or not properly digesting something.

Another problem with selecting what to include or exclude in a diet are food sensitivities. These are also fairly common, but not as always recognized. Someone who is pre-diabetic may be considered sugar sensitive. He or she doesn’t actually have diabetes, but the body’s over or under-enthusiastic reaction to large amounts of sugar in the diet could lead to problems with weight, circulatory problems and even organ damage.

Not all but some people with hypertension, or high blood pressure, are sensitive to excessive sodium in the diet. The American diet is extra high in sodium due to the huge amounts found in processed foods. Most people only need 1500 to 2400 mgs per day. In addition to prescribed medication and general dietary guidelines recommended to control hypertension, these people need also to limit their sodium intake to the lower end of normal consumption (1500 mgs/day). That’s less than one teaspoon of salt. Some sodium is necessary for the healthy function of nerves certain organs, but no one with salt sensitive hypertension should be heavily using the salt shaker any more than a person who is pre-diabetic should consume an entire box of cookies alone.

In general, once a person is aware he or she has any issues with food, entire food groups start getting dropped from the diet. If one has multiple issues, choosing what to eat can get very treacherous. Often one has to make choices that seem hard. However, it possible to eat a nutritious, filling and affordable diet, even with allergies, intolerances and sensitivities.


American Heart Association (Diet & Nutrition)
American Diabetes Association (Nutrition)
CHIP (Food Allergies)
WebMD (Allergies)

Baby Food Allergies

Within the first few weeks of his life, he had a rash all over his face which the pediatrician called “baby acne”. This was the first symptom our baby showed us which ended up being a symptom of an allergy.

Within the first few months of his life, the “baby acne” never went away and spread all over his body. He soon looked like he had been burned because the rash was so severe and everywhere we went, people would stare and some brave souls would ask “what’s wrong or what happened”? This was the second food allergy symptom we seen, although at that time, we didn’t know what it was. We had started washing all laundry in Tide Sensitive and using Snuggle Sensitive … all of which didn’t make a difference. We then started keeping him in 100% cotton clothing only … and again, it didn’t help the horrible skin rash.

We took the advice of the pediatrician and we were bathing every few days, moisturizing and applying the medicated cream as directed. When the rash, miserable baby and sleepless nights persisted, we got a referral to a dermatologist.

The dermatologist diagnosed him with then began a few months of different medicated creams, recommended baths twice daily and moisturizing several times daily. We were not comfortable with the steroid creams which we were applying and knew this was not the answer.
My husband asked … “could he be allergic to his formula?” to which we were quickly told “no, he would have gone into anaphylactic shock by now if that were the case.”

After another few months of watching our baby suffer, we finally got a referral to an allergist. The allergist did skin testing for allergies and discovered our baby has food allergies. The allergist spent a few minutes with us and explained the severity of allergies and had us watch a dvd about how to use an epi-pen jr. We left the specialist office with four pieces of paper which indicated his allergies and all of the foods, ingredients and food products we were to avoid. We were told to avoid all nuts, corn, soy, eggs and wheat.

We left thrilled to have a diagnosis of baby food allergy but frightened for our son. How were we going to avoid all of these food allergens? What was he going to eat? The list was long and we were amazed at how these products are in almost everything.

We began researching online, borrowing cookbooks from the library and buying a few favorites from Amazon.

Within one month after the allergy testing, our baby looked so much better. His skin cleared up. We are no longer using any creams. We occasionally have a break out when something slips in. We have discovered that his peanut allergy is severe and he has a mild reaction if peanuts are just in the AIR. I never want to see what happens if he actually ingests a peanut or peanut product.

It has been five months since his diagnosis. Right now, because he is a baby, it is fairly easy to control what he puts in his mouth. Our obstacles have been celebrations, holidays and going out to eat. We feel like we are jeopardizing his safety with those activities unfortunately. We’re working on learning to pack his own foods and at least asking the host to be sure not to have any NUT products.

He’s walking now … and we are diligently working on learning to prepare one meal that we can all eat. Our house is free of all nut products. We use an egg substitute. It’s challenging but we’re learning to live with a food allergy and still enjoy life and enjoy eating.

The diagnosis of Baby Food Allergy  Nut Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, Egg Free, Wheat Free

After the diagnosis, our first steps were to rid our kitchen of the food allergens. Then … we had to discover what we could eat around the baby and still keep him safe. As he got a little bigger, we had to discover what he could eat without having an allergic reaction or intolerance to the food.


Fresh fruit
Fresh vegetables

We purchase a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables than we ever did previously. So, maybe that baby food allergies will force our household to be healthier!

Convenience Foods

We have to read labels diligently each and everytime. We have previously thought, oh, we LOVE product ABC … and then within 3 months, product ABC changes its ingredients or where it is produced and the label now includes something that puts our baby in danger.

So, unfortunately, there’s no list of safe foods. We have discovered a few brands that are committed to being allergen free and we stick with those although for us … allergen free does NOT include CORN … so even with those dedicated allergen free brands, we have to pay close attention that corn is not used.

Our babies intolerances to food which we have discovered are: apricots, peaches, green beans and cinnamon.

Our babies food allergies are: nuts, peanuts, soy, corn, egg and wheat. This makes a huge list of products which cannot be used and an even larger list of foods which cannot be consumed.

Another one of our biggest obstacles with food is finding convenience foods that we can take along on road trips.

We are grateful that we were able to get the allergy testing done when our son was eight months old. We had to keep taking him back and forth to the doctors numerous times for the terrilble looking skin. When the medical professionals seen that we were not going to settle for treating the symptom only, that’s when we were able to start on the right track to getting to the root of the problem.

Food allergies are serious, must be managed and can be life threatening. Our first priority is to keep our son safe and then, we want to do our best to not make him feel like an outcast. Additionally, I’d like to help inform people about food allergies so maybe our families and friends will take us a little more seriously … and of course, I want to help someone else have an easier time than we did when we left that doctors office with a diagnosis of baby food allergy and a list of what not to eat.

We’ve only been dealing with this for a few months. Unfortunately, we’ve ran into so many people that just don’t take it seriously. I’m actually afraid to leave my child with one person in particular because I’m afraid they’ll just try one of his allergens to see what happens.

Embrace life even with a food allergy!

Food Sensitivities Allergies and Intolerances

Immediate (Classical) Allergy

This is where the body produces IgE antibodies in response to an antigen. The antigen can enter the body through inhalation (eg pollen), ingestion (eg food), injection (eg bee sting) or skin contact.

Histamine is released, which give the symptoms of allergy. Symptoms of allergy from food include stomach cramps, hives (skin rash), nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, shortness of breath and nasal congestion.

The most dangerous reaction is anaphylactic shock – rapid swelling of the lips, tongue and thoat which can lead to suffocation and death.

Other secondary effects include headaches, fatigue, joint and muscle aches, dizziness and depression.

Immediate allergies are usually able to be detected with a RAST test. The IgE response is triggered by proteins in foods (yes, wheat has proteins).

Common foods that may provoke an IgE response include foods such as milk, nuts, fish, wheat and eggs.

Milder symptoms can be helped by antihistamine medication. People that have an anaphylactic reaction should carry an Epipen in case of accidental exposure.

Most doctors are only familiar with classical allergies.

Delayed Allergies

The lessor known but more common type of allergy is a delayed allergy. IgG antibodies are involved, and instead of histamine. other substances are released which cause inflammation and tissue damage. There may be a delay between ingestion of the offending food and presentation of symptoms, which can make it difficult to determine which food was responsible. Also the unpleasant effects may last several days.

Symptoms of delayed/IgG allergy include inflammation of body tissues, bloating, aches and pains, vomiting and diarrhoea, migraine, depression, skin rashes, rhinitis, asthma and fatigue.

IgG allergies are not picked up by the RAST test that doctors are most familiar with. They can be picked up by an ELISA test (which typically test for approximately 96 foods), but the food needs to have been ingested recently (in the few months prior), or it will give a false negative result. An ELISA test can be useful, but should be confirmed by an elimination diet – where food are removed from diet and then challenged.

Avoidance of the problematic foods should result in disappearance of symptoms. For mild responses, foods may be tolerated if rotated so eaten occasionally. Strong or very strong ELISA reactions are likely to be life-long delayed allergies.

Delayed allergies can be to any food. The ELISA test measures proteins in foods like fruits and vegetables also. Sometimes are person that has a delayed allergy to cow’s milk may be able to tolerate goat’s milk or sheep’s milk. Or if they have a delayed allergy to one type of fish, they might be fine with other species of fish.

The inflammation from delayed allergies can result in weight gain (from permanent fluid retention). Delayed allergies are thought to trigger/advance autoimmune conditions like celiac disease, diabetes, thyroid disorders and arthritis.

Histamine Intolerance

Many foods contain natural histamines (amines) or cause the body to produce histamines when eaten (without involving the immune system, as in classical allergy).

The symptoms are identical to classical allergy, but arise from a different mechanism – a deficiency in enzymes that deactivate and eliminate histamine. Diamine oxidase (DAO) is the main enzyme responsible for the metabolism of ingested histamine.

A build up of histamine occurs in the body, which results in symptoms (which include itchy skin rash, rhinitis, aches and pains, stomach cramps, migraine, diarrhoea, asthma, depression, fatigue and in some cases, anaphylaxis).

The symptoms may be delayed, and present a few hours or days after ingestion.

Foods responsible for histamine reactions include over-ripe bananas, fermented foods such as red wine, fermented sauces, vinegar, aged cheeses, small-goods, long-life meat/fish, cocoa, chocolate and many fruits and vegetables (including strawberries, citrus, tomatoes).

Avoiding problematic foods results in resolution of symptoms. Anti-histamines can help with accidental (or intentional) exposures. Some companies have developed DAO enzyme capsules so that histamine foods can be enjoyed with less symptoms, but these drugs are expensive.

Histamine intolerance is not picked up in RAST or ELISA allergy tests, but can be determined from an elimination diet.

Alcohol and damaged guts (eg from inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease) deplete DAO enzymes and make histamine intolerance worse. Many people with irritable bowel syndrome have histamine intolerance.

Vitamin B6 and vitamin C may be helpful in supporting enzyme function. Choose vitamins without flavours and other additives (which may be adding contributing to more sensitivities).

Salicylate Sensitivity

Salicylates are natural asprin-like compounds found in fruits and vegetables in varying amounts. Salicylate-sensitive individuals will also be sensitive to asprin and related compounds such as ibuprofen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Foods high in natural salicylates include honey, mint, most fruit (especially when concentrated in fruit flavours), many vegetables. Foods with low to moderate levels of salicylates include potatoes, green beans, carrots, sweet potato, butternut pumpkin, red delicious apples, bananas.

Symptoms can include depression, joint and muscle pain, asthma, hives, behavioural problems, headaches and pseudo-anaphylaxis – ie the same kinds of symptoms as allergy and histamine intolerance.

Salicylates block vitamin K (which is needed for blood clotting). Salicylate-sensitive individuals may experience bleeding problems eg heavy menstrual bleeding and blood-nose. I wonder how many women have had hysterectomies that were actually salicylate sensitive?

An elimination diet can pin-point salicylate intolerance and a threshold determined to avoid problematic symptoms.

Salicylate-sensitive individuals are typically sensitive to fragrances (in toiletries and cleaning products), causing rhinitis, headache, nausea and other problems. A fragrance-free or low-fragrance home can provide relief. Fragrances in general are neurotoxins, so even those that are not acutely sensitive to salicylates might want to consider what toxins they are dousing their bodies and homes with.

Nasty Additives

Take a look at any processed food packet and there is likely to be a food list of 10 or more ingredients. Many artificial chemicals are added to make food look more appealing, last longer or taste “better”.

Research studies have shown food additives trigger hyperactivity in children and other behavioural problems. Some countries have banned selected additives; most have not (including Australia). It is up to the consumer to become educated and informed. There have been campaigns by consumers for food companies to voluntarily withdraw artificial food colours.

There is no need to use artificial colours or preservatives – they are cheap and make more profit for food companies. There are ways to make food last without preservatives, and natural colours can be used (which are more expensive). There are plenty of companies producing tasty alternatives that are free of nasty additives.

No-one knows the long-term effects of consuming a diet rich in additives. The body needs to eliminate poisons, like artificial additives, and I expect there is a connection between health problems such as cancer and additives and other chemicals.

Additives that have caused distressing symptoms (like migraine, behavioural problems, hives etc) include:
MSG (monosodium glutamate in soy sauce and chinese food)
artificial colours (in sweets, custards, biscuits, drinks)
artificial preservatives – benzoates & sulfites (in fruit drinks) sulfur dioxide (in dried fruit, breadcrumbs, wine), proprionates (in bread)
flavour enhancers (in snack foods, fast foods, crackers, BBQ chicken).
yellow natural colour 160b (annatto)

Other food intolerances include lactose and fructose, which result from enzyme deficiencies, often resulting from a damaged gut. Some of these intolerances are reversable eg as the gut heals.

Sensitivities can be determined from an elimination diet. Many children are being prescribed medication for ADHD when they have a food sensitivity at the root of their behavioural issues – they are having trouble eliminating poisons in foods.

Food Aversions

A food aversion may sometimes related to a sensitivity to that food. My aversion to milk was well-founded – I knew it made me ill, and I hated the taste of milk, and years later, it was confirmed that I had a very strong delayed milk allergy. My son, who becomes sick from milk protein loved milk and craved it. An aversion or craving can sometimes give a clue to a food sensitivity. My favourite food was bread, and it turned out I was celiac (and because I was eating bread everyday, my chronic symptoms were not linked to diet).

More often than not, an aversion is related to the smell and/or texture of that food. Many children with an autism spectrum disorder such as Asperger’s Syndrome have very acute senses, and are therefore very fussy about their food. They may reject food unless it has exactly the right texture, saltiness, sweetness etc. My son with Asperger’s is like this, and is very frustrating to feed, as he self-limits his diet. In addition to gagging on meat fat (like I do), he gags on potato and rejects many foods. He will not eat chunky chips as they are too potato-like inside, but will eat shoe-strings. He used to gag on marshmallows and other foods with different texures. I have histamine sensitivity, and aged meat mades me nearly hurl.

My husband who does not have Asperger’s has always hated vegetables and legumes (even though he is fine with amines and saliycates). My son hates vegetables too. It is thought there is a genetic basis for fussy eaters.

Of course, we’ve given our son the “children starving in third world countries” lecture, but I actually suspect my son would rather starve.

Allergy Clothing Kids Food Allergies Food Allergy Baby Clothes

Food allergy clothing. In some cases, it’s a matter of life and death. People mean well. It doesn’t occur to them that a peanut-butter cookie could make your child very ill.

Some of these food allergy T-shirts for children may be for special occasions. An airline flight, a birthday party, camping trip, neighborhood picnic, a new babysitter, so on. Peanut allergy symptoms are not easy to spot by nonprofessionals. People don’t think about hidden nuts in food. Check on videos on this page.

Some of the shirts are on the lighthearted side with decorative fonts and images. Others leave the warnings very loud and clear. It will depend on your child’s needs and where she or he will be. Consider making some allergy gifts.

*Please note that a selection of Zazzle’s shirts and other clothing items are created from 100% organic cotton. This is babies’ organic onesies on up to adult clothing. Choose a design you like then get it on one of the organic shirts. It’s that easy.

All of these shirts are available in a multitude of sizes and styles. You may get them as infant onesies and baby T-shirts. Get toddler shirts, kids’ shirts, sweatshirts or even hoodies. Tween, teen and adult clothing, too. Personalization is the hallmark of Zazzle.

Customization: Most of these items offer the option of your placing your name, more specific information, the date, whatever you’d like on the item. Sometimes it’s not just the nut allergy, but there may be a peanut oil allergy. Personalize your shirt. It’s easy and it’s fun!

I’m allergic to peanuts! Peanut allergy by kristadegroot

I have food allergies : Please don’t feed me  Food Allergy Dots

Food Allergy Dots by stephie_leigh
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Certified:Nut-Free by jpino98
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Dotted edge by stephie_leigh
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Don’t feed me : I have food allergies  Food Allergy Onsie

Food Allergy Onsie by katier0920
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From description:
“This is a onsie for babies with food allergies. They can wear it when they will be with babysitters or other people that you want to remind about their food allergy.”

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Child’s Food Allergy Awareness by Skipjacknow
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Food Allergy Hot Topic: Florida Parents Protest Peanut-Allergic Child….  March 2011

Parents want child with peanut allergy removed from school: SF FGate

Food Allergy Friday Hot Topic: Florida Parents Protest Tracey Bailey and Her Peanut-Allergic Child

“… the story of parent Tracey Bailey and her battle with fellow Edgewater Elementary School parents. These protesting parents have grown tired of making accommodations for Bailey’s peanut-allergic daughter and want her to be homeschooled. The story has been picked up by nearly every major news outlet, but it’s also made waves online. …”

“Kelly, via The Food Allergy Mama: ‘In some ways, the parents who protested so loudly on this issue did the rest of us a big favor. The media heavily covered it, got great experts on to give the facts and good advice on allergies, and friends emailed and called me to talk about this story. This is a great opportunity to educate others and raise awareness.'”

Don’t even Try to feed me!  Food Allergy Alert Shirts

Don’t even try to feed me! by mistofviolets
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Do not feed the baby – Has food allergies

do_not_feed by dsmom_05
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From description:
“Do not feed animals sign, with crossed out animal word. Baby has food allergy.”

Crayons… by dreamweaver1619
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Crumbs to you – are Hives on me!

Crumbs to you HIVES on me! by mistofviolets
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No Nuts. They Puff Me Up! by bemsandbuddha
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Food Allergy Tee : What not to give my child

Food Allergy Tee by roachtg
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From description:
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Caution: This child has severe food allergies

Caution2 by demand_awareness
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“Some children’s Food Allergies are very severe.”

Stop Sign by stephie_leigh
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Customizable Childs Allergy Shirt : Food or any allergen

Customizable Childs Allergy Shirt by moosee09
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“Protect you child with food allergies. This is customizable with the offending food.”

Wash before hugging  Contact allergies

Wash Before Hugging! by mistofviolets
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From description:
“A subtle hint to crumbly aunts, uncles and strangers. This kid has contact allergies, wash your hands before hugging!”

Peanut allergy : No Peanuts

I’m allergic to peanuts! Peanut allergy shirt by kristadegroot
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Peanut Allergy by peanut_allergy
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Severe Peanut Allergy Label by spunkyduckling
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Cartoon Graphic : Ima Lergic T Shirt

Ima Lergic by penguinjw
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From description:
“Let your little one express their special needs with this shirt that explains that there should be special care in their food diet.”

Gluten is Icky :: I get witchy when I’m itchy

gluten is icky! by blackoutpete
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From description:
“Yes, gluten is icky and sticky. Let ’em know!”

kids Witchy shirt by mistofviolets
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No Whey! Allergy Wear

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Princess Personalized Lunch Box  Other styles available

Princess Personalized Lunch Box

These personalized lunch boxes are not only perfect for mealtimes, they’re also ideal for holding all of your kid’s little treasures.

The lunch boxes are made of .30 millimeter tin (lead free) and covered with printed, laminated high-tack adhesive on all sides.

They have a chalkboard on the inside lid for writing notes to your loved ones. Finish size is 7-5/8″ x 6-3/4″ x 4″.

Food Allergies Are My Flat Tire : Monster Truck

Flat Tire by demand_awareness
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Zazzle: Bringing quality t-shirts to you fast and friendly-like  On Demand, Have it your way

“Since our last count, the number of distinct products you could buy in the Zazzle marketplace was in the billions! No joke. And it’s growing fast. Now compare that to how many shirts you could buy at your local department store, or posters from your local art or home decorating store…

“Good news – this means you don’t have to be the same as everybody else. Whether that means the shirt you’re wearing on your back, or the holiday card you’re mailing in December. Dare to be unique we double dare you.” — from the Zazzle web site

Hoping that you love the T-shirt as is, but Zazzle allows you to customize text in hundreds of fonts and millions of colors. The other items are often customizable as well.

The text and the shirts themselves may be different colors or styles. Change it if you want. Our feelings won’t be hurt.

Don’t forget the EpiPen Stickers : Allergy Gear

Don’t forget the EpiPen by allergywarnings
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From description:
“Stickers are a great reminder for those who might accidentally forget their EpiPen”

Allergen-Free Toys & School Supplies

BioColor Paint 16oz. – Set of 11 Latex Free

BioColor does it all! It’s so versatile – use with brushes spatulas or our paint accessories. It spreads and adheres easily to paper plastic wood metal cardboard. It shines brilliantly when dry and won’t crack or fade with age! Use for fabric painting sticker art and marbling projects or make multi-colored putty!

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Cupcake Shirt : Gluten Free

Not just any cupcake…(gluten free) by mistofviolets
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Top 10 signs you are the parent of a kid with food allergies

Top 10 signs you are the parent of a kid with f… by fierce_mink_2000
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gluten free got a problem? by blackoutpete
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No Wheat. No Worries — Food Allergies are Real

NO WHEAT. NO WORRIES by blackoutpete
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Food Allergies Are Real by demand_awareness
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Allergy Key Rings and Necklace  Customize : Medical Alert Pendant

I’m allergic to peanuts! Peanut allergy by kristadegroot
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Peanut Allergy : Tree Nut Allergy Necklace by NightOwlsMenagerie
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From description:
“A fun way to make sure it’s known that you have an allergy to tree nuts and peanuts. Customize text to your needs. Original artwork by Night Owl’s Menagerie, 2010.
Not a replacement for a medical id bracelet or necklace.”

Gluten Wars: A New Diet Celiac Gluten Free by ColorShow
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Customizable Medical Alert Keychain, Food Allergy by kalos_eidos
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I’m allergic to eggs! by kristadegroot
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Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Anyone who has any kind of intolerance to wheat or any of its byproducts is said to have a wheat allergy. Some of those people will have something called celiac disease and others will not. Each of the two conditions are determined by blood tests or skin testing which is carried out by an allergist, a physician specially trained in diagnosing and treating allergies of all sorts. It is important to realize, though, that a person can get negative test results for all of these tests and still suffer with terrible reactions every time they eat anything with wheat in it. This is what constitutes a wheat intolerance.

Wheat intolerance symptoms can present as many as 48 hours after ingesting any wheat products which often makes it very difficult for the average, uneducated sufferer to diagnose. Most wheat allergies symptoms include diarrhea, gas, cramps, constipation and can even include skin disorders like extreme rashes, eczema. Some people exhibit their wheat allergies symptoms in the form of sneezing, itch, watery eyes and sneezing and coughing.

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