In The News: Food Allergy

Sesame Allergy: The New Peanut Allergy?

The United States has seen a rapid rise in the development of sesame allergy over the last 20 years.  Some experts consider sesame allergy to have “increased more than any other food allergy over the past 10 – 20 years” in the United States.  Increasing prevalence of sesame allergy has led to suggestions that our government issue regulations that require food labels to note the presence of sesame. Currently U.S. federal law does not require sesame contents in food packaging to be declared by food manufacturers.  These manufacturers are currently required to list the eight most common food allergens including milk, eggs, peanut, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.  

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The First Peanut Allergy Drug On the Cusp of FDA Approval

AR101 is an investigational biologic oral immunotherapy produced by Aimmune therapeutics.  If that sounds like a mouthful, it is, so let’s break down what that really means. AR101 will be a commercially available “drug” with a proposed trade name of Palforzia. As such, it requires approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is currently considered “investigational” because it has not been approved by the FDA and is still under investigation. The term “biologic” refers to a product that is isolated from natural sources and not chemically manufactured. As explained by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, “oral immunotherapy (OIT) refers to feeding an allergenic individual an increasing amount of allergen with the goal of increasing the threshold that triggers a reaction.”  In the case of AR101, the product is designed for peanut allergic patients and the treatment goal is to reduce the frequency and severity of allergic reactions due to accidental peanut exposure. 

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Top 9 Asthma Triggers

Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the airways in your lungs. It effects 8-10% of the population – that’s 24 million Americans! Asthma usually begins in childhood but can occur in adulthood and is the #1 cause of missed school and work. Asthma is triggered by a variety of exposures detailed below.

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4th Annual Peanut Free Night

It’s Peanut Free Night at the Joe!

Wednesday, May 15th 2019 at 6pm

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our 4th Annual Peanut Free Night! Come join us Wednesday, May 15th as the RiverDogs take on West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate). Gates open at 6:00pm and the game starts at 7:05pm.

This partnership with the RiverDogs allows families who are peanut allergic to come to the Joe and enjoy a fun night of baseball. Enjoying an evening of baseball at a stadium is a luxury that peanut allergic families often don’t feel comfortable doing. Since peanuts are a staple in America’s favorite past-time, those allergic often don’t feel safe attending this type of event. Fear of cross-contamination and exposure to peanuts means baseball stadiums are often avoided.

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3rd Annual Peanut Free Night – Charleston RiverDogs Baseball

Come join us Tuesday, May 1st at the Joe when we celebrate our 3rd Peanut Free Night with the RiverDogs! We couldn’t be more excited for our annual event! The entire park will be cleaned of any peanut residue so peanut allergic families can come and enjoy America’s favorite past time. This is a big deal for many families who are unable to safely enjoy simple events. It’s scary and overwhelming when your children have a life-threatening allergy and we’re grateful for the RiverDogs for making this fun night possible!

“The RiverDogs will take the opportunity to celebrate cleanliness and friendliness on May 1st with the celebration of the World’s Cleanest Ballpark,” said Assistant General Manager, Ben Abzug. “In association with Charleston Asthma & Allergy on Peanut-Free Night, the RiverDogs will take every extra effort to ensure a spotless ballpark on that night,” Abzug added, “with a top-to-bottom cleaning prior to the game, inning-by-inning cleanings, and fun interactive games with fans to help keep The Joe beautiful!

There will be lots of fun eats and drinks, all peanut free, of course! Plus, fun games and giveaways all night long! Gates open at 6 p.m. with the RiverDogs taking on the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 p.m. Children 3 and under are free. You can purchase tickets for our special peanut free section here and use code nutfree18 for discounted tickets! “We invite everyone to stop by the peanut-free night at the world’s cleanest ballpark on May 1,” said Dr. Jeffrey Dietrich. “Just leave your peanuts at home!”

Use Group Discount Code "nutfree18"

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What is a Food Challenge and Why Would You Need One?

A food challenge is a medical procedure in which a food is eaten slowly, in gradually increasing amounts, under medical supervision.  Food challenges are usually done when a careful medical history, combined with allergy skin or blood tests are inconclusive. A food challenge is the most definitive way to rule a food allergy in or out. Food challenges can also be done when a patient with a known food allergy appears to have possibly outgrown their food allergy based on their updated allergy tests.  

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Allergy Recipe: Eating Apples Make Your Mouth Tingly or Itchy?

Have you ever experienced oral itching or tingling when eating a fresh apple with the peeling on?  However, eating apple sauce of a freshly baked apple pie doesn’t bother you?  Have you wondered if you are allergic to apples? Do you get similar symptoms with other pitted raw fruits like peaches and cherries?  If you’ve answered yes, then you could be suffering from Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS).

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What is Food Oral Immunotherapy?

People with food allergies have traditionally been advised that the only option for treatment is to avoid the food and treat any reactions that may occur from accidental exposure. This can be very difficult and anxiety provoking for patients and families, especially as children start attending school, camps and birthday parties.  Many allergists are working hard to find other, more effective, ways to manage food allergies.  One strategy that has shown benefit is food oral immunotherapy, or OIT.  

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2nd Annual Peanut Free Night SOLD OUT!

We got off to a rough start with having to cancel our original date due to some pretty terrible weather back in July. Luckily, our rescheduled night couldn’t have been better weather wise. We had a cool breeze sweeping through the stands as we watched the RiverDogs beat Columbia!

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