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Myths and Facts: December Edition

Happy Holidays, everyone! For this month’s Myths and Facts, we are rounding up our entries from 2016 and providing them as links (The series started in April). Thanks again to our wonderful team of allergists who provided scientifically-reviewed answers. The allergists who answered each question are indicated in each entry that we link to. Their bios…  Read More

Myths and Facts: November Edition

MYTH: “Our 15-month-old daughter had an allergic reaction to a food last month, but our pediatrician said we don’t need to do tests or see an allergist because she is still ‘too young’ for testing”. FACT: If a child has an allergic reaction after the child has eaten a food, a child can have an…  Read More

Myths and Facts: October Edition

MYTH: “My neighbour says she read that there is a cure for food allergies and she wants to know why we ‘haven’t gotten it yet’ for our son.” FACT: Currently, there is no cure for food allergy. There are, however, many interesting studies underway to explore different approaches for treatment. Some children qualify for these…  Read More

Myths and Facts: September Edition

MYTH: “Someone told me if I cook the food, it will kill the protein and I won’t be allergic to it.” FACT: Cooking, even with high heat and other methods of food processing, does not reliably destroy food allergens, and doesn’t ensure safety for people with food allergies. Foods are complex mixtures, and how they…  Read More

Myths and Facts: August edition

MYTH: “Our son is only 2 years old, so if he has a severe reaction we will just drive him to the hospital because he is too young for epinephrine.” FACT: A recent statement from the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) states: “The potential consequences of not administering epinephrine to a child…  Read More

Myths and Facts: July edition

MYTH: “We were told to use Benadryl or an asthma inhaler at the first sign of a reaction.” FACT: Epinephrine is the first line treatment for anaphylaxis — not Benadryl or asthma inhalers. Anaphylaxis guidelines from all professional allergy organizations (AAAAI, ACAAI, EAACI, WAO and the CSACI school guidelines) state that epinephrine is the first…  Read More

Myths and Facts: June edition

MYTH: “EpiPens are dangerous. That’s why you have to go to the hospital after using one.” FACT: Anaphylaxis is a life threatening condition and Epinephrine is a medication used to treat this condition. Epinephrine is a short acting medication that can counteract some of the issues that arise including airway closure and decreased blood flow…  Read More

Myths and Facts: May edition

MYTH: “We think one of her food allergies is more serious than the others.” FACT: There are no markers or measurements to predict the severity of a patient’s allergy. Severity may also vary from reaction to reaction within the same individual. Many factors can affect reaction severity including the amount eaten, a delay in giving…  Read More

Myth vs Fact: April Edition

MYTH: “My aunt says that if we just give him just a little bit of his allergen, he’ll get used to it and develop a tolerance.” FACT: Giving someone “a little bit of his allergen” is not safe. It is not the same thing that is being done in the clinical trials for Oral Immunotherapy…  Read More