In The News: Food Allergy

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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Charleston Allergy & Asthma Peanut-Free Night Charleston Riverdogs

Charleston RiverDogs Peanut-Free Night!

We are excited to announce the second annual Charleston RiverDogs Peanut-Free Night! RiverDogs baseball is great fun for the entire family and fans of all ages. To ensure safety for fans with peanut allergies, we will have a special peanut-free section and the entire stadium will be power washed and scrubbed to remove any traces of peanuts! Additionally, bags will be inspected at the gates and all peanut products will be confiscated.

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Mouth Get Itchy When You Eat Certain Foods?

If you suffer from hay fever and you have experienced itchy mouth, palate, or scratchy throat after eating certain raw fruits and vegetables or tree nuts, you may have oral allergy syndrome (also known as pollen-food syndrome).  Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is caused by cross reacting allergens (proteins) found in both pollens and raw fruits, vegetables, and some nuts.  As these food and pollen proteins are very similar in structure, our immune system recognizes them as identical and directs an allergic response against both of them.

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Food Allergy Testing: The Dangers of Improper Testing and Misdiagnosis

Recent research published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that many general pediatricians are ordering the wrong tests to try and diagnose food allergies. This is leading to over diagnosis of food allergies, unnecessary food avoidance and increased health care costs. Given that many patients are currently paying up to $650 for EpiPens, proper diagnosis of food allergy is critical not only for patient lifestyle, but also for controlling costs.

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Dr. Word’s Allergy Friendly Valentine’s Day Cupcakes!

Dairy and Egg Free Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Approximately 2.5% of children suffer from cow’s milk allergy and approximately 1.3% of children suffer from egg allergy, making them the greatest causes of food allergy in children (greater than both peanut and wheat combined). Therefore it is not surprising that as an allergist I frequently have to tell parents of young children that their child has either or both of these allergies. As these diagnoses are often made before a child’s first birthday, parents often ask me “well what about our little one’s first birthday cake?” For years, I have mentioned great online sources for recipes, but never with the confidence of knowing the recipes found online were any good. As a mom who loves to cook and especially bake, I decided it was time to put a few recipes to the test.

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The LEAP study: 18 months later, putting evidence into practice

Nine month old Colton was trying scrambled eggs for the second timecolton-9-2016-compressor.  He had enjoyed eggs the first time he had tried them, but his mother noticed a rash on his face and around his eyes shortly after he begin eating the eggs.  Within minutes, Colton developed swelling of his eyes and began rubbing them.  Did this mean he was allergic to eggs? 

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