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Skin Triggering Food Allergy

5/6/2018:  Research shows that touching infants with residue of peanut, egg, dairy or other allergens can trigger a food allergy as the allergen can pentrate the skin, especially if the skin is very clean or has a soap residue.  It is advised not to 'over clean' the infant as the natural oils on the baby's skin can help to protect the baby from triggering allergens via the skin.  It also is best to wash hands and lips after handling or eating allergy-common foods before touching or kissing the baby.


Outgrowing Peanut Allergy

2/13/2018:  My Son Outgrew the Peanut Allergy at Age 15

We started with a new allergist who reviewed my son's blood test and prepared a skin prick test for a variety of allergens.  Both the blood and skin prick came back negative for the peanut allergen so it was time for a challenge test--actually eating the peanuts in the doctor's office.  We were there for four hours and my son was able to eat about 5 crackers with about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on each one, increasing in amounts.  He was nervous but it was a success.  So there is hope.


Dermatitis is Evidence of Food Allergy and Asthma

11/15/2017: Dermatitis is Evidence of Food Allergy and Asthma

A study in Ontario, Canada that was published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology explains evidence showing one-year old children who have ezcema or atopic dermatitis are 7-times more likely than other infants to develop asthma, and significantly more likely to have a food allergy  by age three. This study included 3,500 mothers and children from pregnancy to age five years and beyond [1].  Another study indicates that mothers should breastfeed and consume all sorts of foods, stating, "Food allergy research, education co-funds study supporting varied, allergen-rich diet for pregnant and nursing mothers" [2].




Germany & U.S. Collaborate on Food Allergy Genes

10/24/17: Germany & U.S. Collaborate on Food Allergy Genes

The Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin, is Europe's largest University clinic, affiliated with both Humboldt University and Freie Universität Berlin. Prof. Young-Ae Lee, a researcher at the MDC and head of the Charité's outpatient pediatric allergy clinic, stated, "Studies of twins suggest that about 80 percent of the risk for food allergies is heritable, but little is known so far about these genetic risk factors."  Based upon a collaborative study with Berlin, Frankfurt, Greifswald, Hanover, Wangen, and Chicago, researchers found evidence that a "gene cluster...was identified as a specific genetic risk locus for food allergies...four of the five identified risk loci are associated with all food allergies."  In short, this is useful because it helps researchers identify the cause (genes) which can help to create a cure, perhaps, someday.


Caution for Peanuts for Infants 

9/7/17:  Caution for Peanuts for Infants - More Research for Authorization

A single study resulted in a 'qualified' claim that feeding peanuts to infants may reduce peanut allergies, but the FDA recognized that this qualified claim is less than an authorized claim.  The authorized claims carry extra weight including "significant scientific agreement among experts in the field."  In other words, the results of this study were published, but there is not yet confirmation with the leaders of the food allergy world.  The study of the 600 infants only provided enough insight to trigger additional research and studies by the National Health Institute (NIH) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).