Allergy Alert Gear

January 31, 2006 at 5:44 am (Products)

Just a link to the best source on the web for allergy alert gear.  Yes, I’m biased.  So shoot me.



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January 31, 2006 at 5:43 am (Photos)


Originally uploaded by Shahin Edalati.

What an excellent photo. It makes my asthma flare up, just looking at it. 😉

On a serious note, please remember that even though it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, you might have dandelion fluff in your furnace filters or in your home’s duct work. Keep dusting, and change all filters as often as you can.

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Another perspective on the halting of peanut allergy vaccine trials

January 31, 2006 at 5:37 am (Blog & Websites)

This is another great blog for allergy news, Parenting a Child with Food Allergies

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Food Allergy Recalls

January 31, 2006 at 5:36 am (Allergy News!)

January 27, 2006

Hasty Tasty Food Service Inc./DBA Valley Vending is recalling Chicken
Salad, Egg Salad, Ham Salad, and Tuna Salad sandwiches due to undeclared

The sandwiches were distributed in the states of Illinois and Iowa through
mobile catering trucks and/or vending machines.

The Chicken Salad, Ham Salad, and Egg Salad sandwiches were labeled under
the brand names of Valley Vending/Hasty Tasty, Venture Vending, Prime
Vending, and M & M Vending.  The Tuna Salad Sandwiches were labeled with
the Valley Vending/Hasty Tasty label.  The products are packaged in a
plastic wedge container with a date code on or before 1/26/06.  The net
weight on the label is 4.5 oz.

Anyone with questions concerning this matter may contact the company at
(563) 333-6783.

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Food Allergy Recalls

January 31, 2006 at 5:35 am (Allergy News!)

January 27, 2006

JFC International Inc. is recalling Showa Okonomiyaki Flour Mix due to
undeclared egg.

The product was distributed through wholesalers, retail stores, and
restaurants in Alaska, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,
Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,
New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Showa Okonomiyaki Flour Mix, product of Japan, is packaged in cello bag,
net weight 1.19 pounds. The UPC number on the package is 11152-02300.

Anyone who has purchased this product should return it to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the
company at (800) 633-1004.

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Food Allergy Recalls

January 31, 2006 at 5:34 am (Allergy News!)


January 23, 2006

Heinz North America is recalling Smart Ones brand frozen Sirloin Beef and Asian Style Vegetables due to undeclared milk.  The recalled packages actually contain Roast Beef.

The product was sold in supermarket freezer sections in the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  It is identified as Smart Ones Sirloin Beef and Asian Style Vegetables with the product code of MS5L11BD2 marked on the side panel of the carton.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 762-0228.

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Please rate my story on ClubMom

January 31, 2006 at 4:55 am (Blog & Websites)

In case you missed it, I’ve written a story about avoiding winter snifflies for  Ironically, we’ve had a bad year, cold-wise, but these tips are still quite sound.

Give it a read and leave me a rating, if you would:

Avoiding the Winter Snifflies 

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How Allergies Work

January 29, 2006 at 9:09 pm (Blog & Websites)

from How Stuff Works

A properly functioning immune system is a well-trained and disciplined biological warfare unit for the body. The immune system is really quite amazing. It is able to identify and destroy many foreign invaders. The immune system can also identify cells that are infected internally with viruses, as well as many cells that are on their way to becoming tumors. It does all of this work so the body remains healthy.

As amazing as the immune system is, it sometimes makes mistakes. Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system. The allergic immune system misidentifies an otherwise innocuous substance as harmful, and then attacks the substance with a ferocity far greater than required. The problems this attack can cause range from mildly inconvenient and uncomfortable to the total failure of the organism the immune system is supposed to be protecting.

Go there, read more. I love that site.

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Sinus problems and the Neti Pot

January 29, 2006 at 9:04 pm (Blog & Websites)

Well, Dr. Enright over at WebMD is writing about sinusitis, the neti pot, nasal sprays…I truly hate this time of year.  Has anyone out there ever tried the neti pot?  It looks disgusting, but if it works, then SUPER.  Tell me more.

More from Dr. Enright:

When I’ve got an exacerbation of my allergic rhinosinusitis, I use Sinus Rinse twice-a-day, followed by a nasal decongestant, then a nasal corticosteroid spray. Washing out the nasal passages with salt water is a treatment used successfully for hundreds of years.

If you like metaphysics and alternative medicine, you can dribble a cup of salt water into each nostril from a $20 ceramic Neti pot. If you are rich, you can put the salt water in a $120 nebulizer and spend ten minutes sitting while it produces a salt water mist. All pharmacies carry a $15 bottle of saline nasal spray with preservatives, but it only has 4 ounces of salt water, not even enough to rinse out one side of your nose once. I’ve tried all of these over the years, but have happily settled on a plastic squeeze bottle that holds a cup of warm water. This Sinus Rinse bottle costs less than ten dollars, lasts for a year or more, and comes with packets of salt, the size of fake sugar packets.

I simply tear open a salt packet and pour it into the bottle. I then fill the bottle from the warm shower or the bathroom sink and shake it. Sometimes I’ve filled it with cold water and nuked it for 30 seconds in the microwave. I then lean over the sink and push the smooth black tip of the bottle against one nostril, then gently squeeze the bottle, sending the salt water through one side of my nose and out of the other side, washing away the gunk. I then repeat the squeeze on the other side.

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January 29, 2006 at 8:54 pm (Photos)


Originally uploaded by southeast star.

Oh, how I enjoy flickr.  🙂

Scroll down for more info on Hershey’s Kissables.  I’m personally very excited about them.  I realize they are not going to be safe for all our allergic readership, so always check the labels before you indulge!

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