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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Check out this Great Opportunity for Teens with Food Allergy!

Pass the message to the teens you know!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Excellent learning opportunity for Respiratory Educators

Ottawa River

The CSACI is offering a one day symposium geared to Allied Health Professionals working in the field of allergy and asthma.  Topics will include complex presentations of allergic diseases such as FPIES, Food Pollen Syndrome and Eosinophilic Esophagitis.  Anaphylaxis related Anxiety will also be discussed as well as the Effects of Global Climate Change on present and future allergic disease. Conclude with Dr. Becker's review of the interim data collected from the CHILD study and to discuss the management of complex allergy patients. 

Join us in Ottawa, Saturday, October 25, at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.

Click on the link below to access the full program and to register.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

People with Eczema Should Avoid Food-Based Skin Products

If you have a skin inflammation such as eczema, using skin cream that contains food ingredients could lead to an allergic reaction, according to a letter to the editor published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.
Australian researchers report on the case of a 55-year-old woman who had a life-threatening reaction after eating two mouthfuls of a salad containing goat cheese. Although the woman suffered from eczema and seasonal asthma throughout her life, she had no history of reactions to food. But after conducting tests to track down the problem ingredient, doctors found that she was allergic to goat’s milk.
Further investigation revealed that the woman frequently used a moisturizer containing goat’s milk to soothe her eczema, although she stopped using it when her condition worsened. Rubbing the cream into inflamed skin, however, presumably sensitized her. When she ingested goat cheese, it triggered a reaction that escalated within minutes, requiring emergency treatment with epinephrine.
The researchers believe that this is the first direct evidence that humans can become sensitized to a food allergen by exposure through the skin. However, previous studies suggest that people with eczema have developed food allergies after using soaps and oils that contain wheat, oat, peanut and goat’s milk. The authors advise eczema patients to avoid skin care products and cosmetics that contain food ingredients.
Click on the link below to see the original press release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.  

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pollen burst could be in forecast

A long, cold winter has allergy doctors and Canadians dreading sneezes and itchy eyes as         they prepare for bursts of tree pollen.  Click the link below to see what might lie ahead and to see how allergens in your home may affect how you cope with spring allergies.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Allergy Fix

Can science find a fix for the alarming increase in food allergies?

More than a third of North American children are now allergic to something, be it food, animals, or plants. Food allergies in North America have more than tripled in the last twenty years.
In searching for a fix, scientists are up-ending the conventional wisdom about what causes allergies and how to deal with them. From deliberately giving peanuts to babies…to absorbing parasitic worms through the skin…to investigating the lifestyle of Amish farm families, doctors are attacking food allergies in new and inventive ways.

The Allergy Fix premieres Thursday February 27, 2014 at 7pm (7:30 NL) CBC Television’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki
Watch the trailer:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Building tolerance to peanut is possible

Studies are showing that it is safe and possible for peanut allergic individuals to develop a tolerance to peanuts. Researchers point out that the process of building tolerance is not yet perfected and  must be done under the close supervision of  trained health care professionals. However, recent research is providing hope that in the future, peanuts may pose less risk for those who are allergic. See the link below for CBC's and BBC's summary.