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Ask the expert – March 2022

March 3, 2022

Get your food allergy-related questions answered by experts! Check out our new Ask the expert section and learn from allergists and dietitians on a variety of topics. Plus, get educated on the COVID-19 vaccines with videos featuring Canadian allergist Dr. Julia Upton.

New section: Ask the expert – find out answers to your questions!

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Ask the allergist and Ask the dietitian are regular features in our newsletters. Now, you can find and re-read the articles all in one place in our new website section.

Experts across Canada provide answers to your questions on a variety of food allergy-related topics, including diagnosis, treatment, treating reactions, emerging allergens, daily management and managing during the pandemic, nutrition and dietary support, and more.

Visit the Ask the expert section to discover the topics and learn more.

Please note: The responses provided by the experts are for informational purposes only and do not constitute specific medical advice, recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment. Please talk to your doctor if you have questions about your own health or the health of your child.

Your questions answered: COVID-19 vaccines, food allergy, and allergic reactions

Dr. Julia Upton

Have questions on the COVID-19 vaccine and the impacts to those with food allergy? Find credible answers to your questions from ScienceUpFirst, a national initiative that works with a collective of independent scientists, researchers, healthcare experts and science communicators. These short 1-to-2-minute videos feature Dr. Julia Upton, Canadian allergist and member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.

I have allergies, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Dr. Julia Upton answers this question and shares what you should think about if you have a suspected allergy to polyethylene glycol (PEG), an ingredient in many products.

I had a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, can I get dose 2?

Dr. Julia Upton explains what a severe reaction is, and what precautions you can take to get your second dose.

I had a mild allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, can I get dose 2?

Dr. Julia Upton explains what a mild-to-moderate allergic reaction looks like, and what you should do if you have one.

What does an allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine look like?

Dr. Julia Upton explains how both the symptoms and timing indicate whether your reaction was a normal vaccine side effect or an allergic reaction.

Learn more

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For more information on managing food allergy during this time, visit our COVID-19 and food allergy section.

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