Archive for the ‘Food Allergies’ Category

Navigating Back to School with Food Allergies

Navigating Back to School with Food Allergies The excitement of going back to school is a feeling shared by many students and parents alike. However, for families dealing with food allergies, this time of year can also bring about unique challenges and concerns. With proper planning, open communication, and education, you can ensure a safe […]

Tasty Food Allergy Tips for a Safe Holiday

Always read labels– While it’s always important to read labels, ensure you are reading labels for activity boxes. Often, gingerbread boxes and premade holiday kits have easily missed allergens. Looking at labels online and pre-ordering can help you get an “allergy-safe” activity kit. Plan ahead- let the hosts know about the food allergies present. This can be […]

National Eosinophil Awareness Week May 15-21, 2022

It’s National Eosinophil Awareness Week (May 15-21, 2022)! Have you heard about this allergic condition? Eosinophilic [EE-oh-sin-oh-FILL-ick] esophagitis [uh-sof-uh-JIE-tis] − “EoE” for short − causes swelling in your esophagus (swallowing tube). The esophagus is in an upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (gut) and is the tube that moves food from your mouth to […]

6 Tips for Managing Food Allergies in Schools during the Covid-19 pandemic

It is back to school time! I know we are all wondering what this new school year will bring in terms of schooling and managing food allergies during the Covid-19 pandemic. There is always a flurry of things that we need to do to keep our children safe, for those who have children with food […]

Our Providers Attend FAST 2021 Annual Meeting

June 18-19 our providers attended the 2021 National FAST meeting held in Dallas, TX. FAST stands for Food Allergy Support Team. FAST is a non-profit organization supporting food allergy specialists who specialize in oral immunotherapy (OIT), a breakthrough treatment for people with food allergies. All of the providers at Family Allergy and Asthma CARE are […]

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

I often find that the terms “food allergy” and “food intolerance” are used interchangeably. But really……. they are not the same thing. Food Allergies  A true food allergy results when one’s immune system overreacts to an ordinarily harmless food. This is caused by an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE).  After production, IgE binds to allergy […]

The Peanut Pill is Now FDA Approved

The peanut pill, Palforzia, has been approved by the FDA, so what are food allergy patients supposed to think? Here is what we know: Palforzia is a patented capsule that contains peanut flour. It is prescribed to treat ages 4 to 17 with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy through an oral desensitization process called […]

Holiday Food Allergy Tips

Having a food allergy during the holiday season can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips: If you are hosting a holiday party, check with your guest. If someone is dealing with a food allergy, offer food allergy friendly options. If you are attending a holiday party, let your hostess know and bring your own […]

Food as Ammunition for Bullying

“I’m going to kill you with this peanut butter cracker.” As an allergist and mom of a child with food allergy, I was shocked and disturbed by this headline quote. The idea of food being used as a weapon is horrifying. School should be a safe environment for all kids, including the 8% who suffer […]

The Global Impact of Food Allergies

April 7-13 is World Allergy Week 2019 ( This organization has dedicated the 2019 week to raise awareness of the global problem of food allergy. Often, I tend to get so focused on the food allergic patients and families we care for in north Texas that I fail to remember the global impact of food […]