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July is a month of celebration! While you prepare for summer parties and other gatherings, please consider the potential threat of food allergies.
You might not have a food allergy, but chances are high that someone you love, or someone dropping by your next get together, does. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that up to Continue reading
Blog: Keeping it Together When Your Child is Chronically Ill
When your child is diagnosed with a chronic illness like diabetes, asthma or cystic fibrosis for example, your world is suddenly like the inside of a snow globe... everything is moving in a flurry of activity and constant change. But eventually, when the fear and panic subside and your child's condition is more or less under control, you as a parent are left with the task of guiding your family's return to "normal" life. Continue reading
You may think of the blooming and warm weather of springtime as allergy season, but in fact winter allergies are a major issue. In fact, your sniffling and sneezing may not be a cold. How can you tell if you're suffering from winter allergies? And if you are, what can you do about it?
Although some people think that the end of summer and fall means the end of allergies, don't be fooled. It's true that freezing temperatures kill some molds and seasonal pollens, but there are some common wintertime allergens that you should watch out for if you suffer from allergies. How many of these did you expect to experience in wintertime?
You might think that animal hair bothers you, but actually it is animal dander that you're allergic to. Animal dander is what experts call the dead skin cells all warm-blooded animals (mammals and birds) shed naturally. This means that people have the potential to be allergic to the dander from cats to parrots. In fact, your body's immune system is overreacting to proteins in the skin, saliva, or other shed animal matter. Continue reading