Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

by slashallergies

Protect-A-Bed launches long winter’s nap campaign
As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, there’s nothing like snuggling in bed with a warm, furry friend. Unfortunately sometimes, that comfortable companion can invoke coughing, sneezing and other asthma and allergy-related breathing challenges. Luckily, a new campaign launching today is designed to help educate pet lovers on the best ways to maintain a healthy sleep zone while sharing their bed with a favorite feline or canine.

American Girl Dolls to get allergy-free lunches, hearing aids
For the 2012 holiday season, the doll-maker added some more niche accessories to its list, including an American Girl hearing aid, and, for those dolls with food-sensitivities, an American Girl Allergy-Free Lunch. The lunch comes complete with a medical bracelet and a fake allergy shot, “just in case.”

Fact or fiction? Experts break down a number of allergy myths
Does honey help with hay fever? Does the desert dry up a runny nose? Allergies can affect your skin, your nose, and your digestive system. There’s a lot of information out there about how to build your immunity and fight your allergies, but consider this: much of what you know may not be fact at all.

Winter allergies mistaken for colds
‘Tis the season for stuffy noses. But what feels like a cold could actually be allergies, triggered by dusty decorations, smelly centerpieces and a host of holiday season irritants – in-laws excluded.

ENT in Manhattan offers improved allergy testing for patients
Whether patients are allergic to environmental or household triggers, getting tested can often be irritating and painful. Dr. Richard Nass, ENT in Manhattan, works to eliminate the pain from typical skin testing by offering serum testing with mRAST. Instead of painful, potentially dangerous skin testing, patients can receive the allergy test with new serum testing.

Sumner Co. Schools approve change in food allergy policy
The Sumner County Board of Education has approved a new food policy after a local middle school student started a campaign to protect students with severe food allergies. The change comes after eleven-year-old Station Camp Middle School student, Tyler Edwards, brought the problem of allergy protection to school leaders. Edwards suffers from a severe peanut allergy, in fact, any contact with a peanut will result in a severe reaction.

Chef Ming Tsai recalls son’s struggle with food allergies
Chef Ming Tsai remembers ordering a sandwich without bread for his then-3-year-old son David because the toddler was allergic to seven of the eight most common food allergens. Tsai approached the restaurant manager, a man in a suit and tie standing off to the side.

Bell Canada bans poinsettias from its largest Ontario office due to one worker’s allergy
One worker’s allergy has triggered a ban on holiday poinsettias at a large Mississauga office complex. Six thousand employees at Bell Canada’s Creekbank campus were warned in an internal memo Monday there would be “random inspections for poinsettias and other plants.”

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