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New to allergies? 7 Things you need to know about anaphylaxis

Whether you've just discovered you have an allergy to bee stings or maybe your best friend's toddler is allergic to eggs, you're probably anxious and looking for answers. I'm not going to lie - anaphylaxis is serious and scary. But it can be managed by being prepared and avoiding allergens. I'll explain what it means to have anaphylaxis and how to live with it. 1  Let's start with defining anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock) an·a·phy·lax·is, (noun). pronounced anna-fill-axis   Anaphylaxis is defined as a serious allergic reaction that has a rapid onset and may cause death. The symptoms typically come on over minutes to hours. Most people don't realize they have an allergy until they experience anaphylaxis. You wouldn't be alone...

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Got the Itchy Scratchies?

October is Eczema Month My son has the triple whammy of peanut allergy, cough-variant asthma, and eczema. Keeping his eczema under control is an ongoing effort.  He battles dry skin throughout the year.  Seemingly small things set off eczema - sand, sweat, dirt, and stress.  Now that he's older we're engaging him to take control over his own hygiene and skin maintenance.  Jennifer Roberge, the founder of Its An Itchy Little World blog and The Eczema Company, co-created The Eczema Song with singer/songwriter, Kyle Dine, in an effort to bring some fun relief to the daily stress of eczema.  The video is available on YouTube  and the song on CD Baby. Eczema Awareness Month (October in the USA & November in Canada) is shedding...

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6 Lessons Learned From an Anaphylaxis Emergency

His Only Peanut Butter Cup  I am a food allergy mom (and a designer of fantastic Epipen carrier).  Here is our story.  We held off testing nuts on our son Nicholas until he was about two years old.  We lived out in the "bush"...about 35 minutes on the highway to the nearest hospital.  To do the "test" my husband drove into town and parked in the hospital parking lot while my son tried his first (and last) Reese Peanut Butter Cup.  They dutifully waited in the car for about half an hour and then drove home.  Delayed Anaphylaxis Reaction Just after dinner that night Nicholas broke out into hives.  It had been three hours since the Peanut Butter Cup experiment. ...

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