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Have First Responders ever given you grief?

Have First Responders ever given you grief?

Last week I had an anaphylaxic reaction to a new antibiotic I was taking. I was home alone and knew I was in trouble so I called my local emergency number. When the First Responders (Firefighters here) arrived I handed them my medic alert card with all my allergies and told them that I had administered an epipen prior to their arrival. They started questioning me and giving me grief as to why I would have injected myself when this medication wasn't on my list of… read more

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

Has anyone had their doctor suggest, or at least admit, that baking soda in water, Alkaseltzer GOLD (NOT BLUE!), or sodium bicarbonate/potassium citrate… read more

posted 11 days ago
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What can be done to make schools take allergies more seriously?

What can be done to make schools take allergies more seriously?

My daughter already did a presentation at school about her allergies two years ago, but many kids and now some teachers are ignoring and even belittling them. And now she heard that some kids don't believe they are real and she is afraid they might try to expose her to see what happens. She is airborne to nuts and peanuts and has had to leave several events this year because people brought them. The school then chose a class trip to a baseball park… read more

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

Ask your allergy doctor to provide a letter to all in charge bodies in school stating air borne allergy and what you want assessed and changed.

posted 3 months ago
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How do you explain to restaurants that you have food allergies and how do you know they listen yo you?

How do you explain to restaurants that you have food allergies and how do you know they listen yo you?

How do you explain to restaurants that you have food allergies and how do you know they listen yo you? I have a selected few restaurants I go to, and when I have to go to a new one I feel like my life is in danger...which it technically is (hehe) seeing as my anaphalaxis has reached a point where I have an epipen with me at all times, and even then I do not have long to get to a doctor...just wondering how… read more

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

If it's a chain restarant they often have an allergen menu online and I always alert the waiter since menus change. For individually owned bussinesses I… read more

posted about 2 months ago
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Baked goods with egg

Baked goods with egg

My son (12 months) has a documented egg allergy. He has had hives a few times, always from eating or touching scrambled eggs. I did give him baked goods before we knew and he didn't get hives. His allergist said he "probably" can have eggs in baked goods as long as they're baked 350+ for at least 20 minutes.

My question is, how would I know if it was giving him a mild reaction? Just because he didn't get hives doesn't mean his tummy doesn't hurt, right?!

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

exposure to heat changes the protein in the eggs, so some people can eat it with no symptoms. but raw or partially cooked eggs can result in a reaction.… read more

posted 2 months ago
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I am afraid to take my epipen.

I am afraid to take my epipen.

In the Epinen, there is an additive called Sulfites, and i am allergic to the product. In my case, should i take the chance to inject if I really have to? I am very careful on what I eat, I'm very limited in my choices of food, so shouldn't i still be careful in this case also? I wish they would remove sulfites out of wine, I would sure love to have a glass lol.Thank you.

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

Contact the manufacturers of auto injector or ask your allergy doctor for advice.

posted 3 months ago
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Finding a Job with Allergies?

Finding a Job with Allergies?

[Hello! This has been a wonderful place to lurk in the past couple of days. So glad to have found this site!!]

I have loads of food allergies, and many of them I will have reactions to just being in the same room with them. So on top of the added stress to being out in public or eating out, is the stress of finding a job. Both my mother and sister have held a few local jobs here, and all of them have had break rooms where people brought in major allergens. One of them was a Kmart,… read more

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I work in a public library and have worked in an academic library. I worked in Corporate America for a decade. I've worked in many sizes of offices from… read more

posted over 1 year ago
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Flonase

Flonase

I have trouble using Flonase due to the scent. I use it and end up sneezing and a headache. Is there a way to use it and not have these problems?

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

you could try nasacort it doesnt have the smell. I try not to use Flonase I hate the flower smell

posted 4 months ago
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Fragrance allergies cause me severe migraines

Fragrance allergies cause me severe migraines

Has anyone found a medication, or other solution, to deal with fragrance allergies? Mine are severe, lifelong, and in addition to causing me to avoid MANY places, they often cause me to get severe migraines. I have many migraine triggers, but strong fragrances are one of the worst, and I find that migraines caused by fragrances or other strong odors (thick permanent markers, cleaning products, "fabric sizing" sprayed onto dept store clothes, etc)- this type of… read more

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I find a smell lemon, peppermint and keep it on a cotton ball in a baggie in my pocket. If something smells, I take it out and smell or rub it on my… read more

posted 3 months ago
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What sorts of resources are there for new moms worried baby has allergies?

What sorts of resources are there for new moms worried baby has allergies?

My 7 month old has tried eggs twice, the first time she had a rash on her tummy and my doctor told me to give it a few months and try again because it might not be an allergy, she just might not have been ready, we did today and within 5 minutes she had a rash around her mouth. I took the eggs away and so far she is her normal self, that was about an hour ago and the rash is all ready almost gone.

Also wondering about a peanut allergy, my… read more

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

My son is allergic to eggs and hey tested him for peanut allergy which he was negative to. My allergist said with his eczema and egg allergy he will… read more

posted 5 months ago
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How do I get rid of leather cleaner smell from my car recently purchased.

How do I get rid of leather cleaner smell from my car recently purchased.

I recently have become very allergic to perfumes, candles, detergents etc. I also have multiple food allergies and become ill from smelling seafood, soy, peanut or tree nut being cooked or roasted. I recently bought a used vehicle I searched for about a year I found one I really liked and when I tried it I didn’t notice any odor. When I purchased the car I asked them not to use any strong cleaners or chemicals because I’m allergic. When I… read more

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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I as well have sensitivity to scents and cleaners. it took about 2 months for the car smell to go away that they cleaned it with. Try changing the air… read more

posted 4 months ago
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