Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Best Food Allergy Tweets/Posts From 2013 ACAAI Meeting

Sorry, guys...I've been very busy the last couple of weeks, but just over a week ago one of the largest allergy and asthma conferences, the annual American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, was tweeting its brains out.

Here were the tweets and (virtual) presentations I thought were most interesting:

ACE inhibitors are often used to treat high blood pressure. I believe Lisinopril was the one specifically mentioned. This goes hand in hand with the idea that older patients, especially men, can see changes in the severity of their allergic reactions as they age.

Here's an answer on the question many of us asked about component testing. Just as with RAST, the number itself doesn't matter; just the positive result.

Gross! But yes, give your kids the bobber after the dog/ brother/ mailman licked it.

Conversely, tree-nut-allergic individuals have a 30% incidence of concurrent peanut allergy. 

So stop blaming yourselves, FA mommies! I've said this consistently - Mother Nature would not rig the game so babies needed to be given certain foods at certain times. Our existence on this earth has been too precarious to count on that type of consistency. 

Part two of STOP BLAMING YOURSELF! It doesn't matter what you ate. It doesn't matter what you fed your baby. We don't know how sensitization happens, but it doesn't seem to be through the food itself.

Other summaries and presentations you might like:
If you only read one, read that last one.

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Thank you for this! I shall be reading lots of it! I can back up the Ara H2 test, My son got a positive (4.2) RAST, massive fail of peanut challenge. And yes, flu shots people! I didn't give my son the flu shot due to egg allergy and age, ad he has just had Influenze B and been on tamiflu etc. Won't be hesitating next year!

  2. I get sick for 1-2 months every time I get the flu shot but haven't had the flu in my house for 6+ years since I stopped. Love being off the death bed. Have a friend who's kid went into anaphylaxis from the flu shot suddenly found herself at age 8 allergic to eggs/wheat/gluten. Took 4 years and one day suddenly that egg anaphy allergy was gone GONE. Like the body healed. Her lower new "allergy" to wheat/gluten stuck however. Something sensitized her- could it be the shot well the ingred. could sensitize a mouse so I suppose if her immunity was vulnerable or impacted by inflammation genetic change maybe?


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