Find Summer Camps Friendly to Food Allergies

Summer camp is a great way for kids to socialize, get exercise, learn new skills, make new friends and grow.  Whether it is a sleep-away camp or a day camp, camp is a big part of the summer for many kids.  Don’t let your kid’s food allergies keep them from the summer camp experience.

If you are the parent of one of the 6 million children in the U.S. with food allergies, camp can also be a cause for concern.  You have worked hard to protect your child from food-borne allergens at home and at school.  How can you protect them at camp?

When selecting a camp, be sure to ask about their food allergy policies.  Ask if they have epi-pens on site and if staff completed training in their use.  Do food handling and preparing staff understand food allergies and avoidance protocols?

How far away is the closest medical facility?  For rural camps, it might be many miles to the closest hospital.

The FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) has published their  Guide to Food Allergy Friendly Camps.  Some camps are simply peanut and tree nut free facilities, others are geared for more multiple food allergies.  While they don’t endorse the camps in the guide, it does provide a good starting place if you haven’t selected a camp yet.

If your child has allergies to dust mites and pollen you can find some helpful tips in our resource center. Article – How to send your child with allergies to summer camp.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike

Allergy Store – Helping our customers since 1989

 

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Use Caution When Treating Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is here, and over-the-counter allergy medications are flying off tpills for allergieshe shelves. But did you know that mixing certain allergy medications with other medicines can have hazardous effects on your health?

The active ingredients of allergy products can cause over-medicating with other combination or single-entity non-prescription or prescription medications.

“By consulting with your pharmacist, consumers can make an educated choice as to which allergy medicine is right for them,” says Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, Remington professor of pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “Consumers should read the warnings on over-the-counter medicines and consult with their pharmacist or doctor in order to make educated decisions about which allergy medication is right for them.”

“Certain allergy medications (antihistamines) can cause drowsiness or sleepiness, and caution must be observed when participating in activities like driving or operating machinery,” Hussar noted. If this response is bothersome, the consumer should ask the pharmacist to recommend a product that does not cause this sedative effect.

Some antihistamines have a drying effect and cause annoying effects like dry mouth. “This is another situation in which the pharmacist can recommend another product that is not likely to cause this effect.”

Some allergy products contain analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. When an allergy product containing one of these analgesics as a secondary ingredient is taken by a patient who is also using an analgesic for another purpose, an excessive response may result. Side effects may be subtle and develop slowly but, in some individuals serious stomach, kidney, or liver problems could result.

Some patients with high blood pressure may experience problems due to the decongestants included in many allergy products. Decongestants can raise blood pressure, which can be particularly dangerous in patients with high blood pressure that is not well controlled, says Hussar.

Dr. Hussar has been quoted and has published extensively on issues surrounding consumer-related pharmacy practices.

Wishing you the best of health

The Allergy Store

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Nothing Says I Love You Mom Like Formaldehyde

Mothers give their all to their children.  Loving them, nurturing them, teaching them, providing the physical, emotional, and spiritual care growing children need.

Mother’s Day is a special day, set aside to honor Mom, her sacrifices, and all she does for her family.  Some Mom’s are taken to restaurants for special meals, some Moms have a special meal prepared for them at home or at the home of a family member.  We shower Mom with love and gifts to show how much she means to us.

Some of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts are personal care items that we hope Mom will use to pamper herself.

But did you know that many of the personal care items, even those “specially formulated” for sensitive skin or marketed as “hypoallergenic” are loaded with formaldehyde? The FDA does not restrict the amount of formaldehyde that can be present in cosmetics sold in the U.S.

Read the label of your favorite personal care items.  In too many  cases you will see it prominently listed.

Also if you don’t want a product that contains a formaldehyde-releasing chemical, you have to play detective and scrutinize the product label.  You can find these in shampoos, hair spray, sunscreen, skin lotions and creams, lip balms and even air fresheners.

Chemicals in this category include:

  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Quaternium-15
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Bronopol (2bromo2nitropropane1,3-diol )
  • 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane
  • Hydroxymethylglycinate

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, has designated formaldehyde as a known cause of several types of throat and nasal cancer.  This is the same formaldehyde that is used to preserve that frog in biology class and in embalming fluid!

So if you love Mom and want to show you care…..then why are you trying to embalm her while she is still alive????

The Allergy Store carries skin care and hair care products from Vanicream that are free of dyes, scents, and formaldehyde.

Wishing you the best of health
Cheryl Krause
AllergyStore.com

By reducing your exposure to allergens, you may be able to reduce your need for medications and visits to the doctor.  If you want more detailed information,  click here to download your free copy of Cheryl’s e-book” You Can Do It! Allergy Free Living”.

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