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For specific questions and concerns, consult your family physician
AAIA has excellent
full-colour brochures on anaphylaxis, peanut/nut allergy, egg allergy,
dairy allergy and dust/mold/pet allergies in English and French
on their web site.
Anaphylaxis Brochure (AAIA site)
Briefly explains what anaphylaxis is and how to treat it.
The Fatal Allergic Reaction (AAIA)
Be a Survivor! Find out more about the 3 A's
: Awareness, Avoidance, Action.
When to give Epinephrine (AAIA)
‘Antihistamines clear up hives, epinephrine saves lives’
New to Food Allergies? - Getting Started
Canada "It's Your Health" / Votre santé et vous fact
"It's Your Health" is
a series of timely fact sheets published by Health
Canada. Subscribers to this notification service will be informed via email whenever
a new It's Your Health fact sheet is available on the Web.
Food Allergies Fact Sheet
" Votre santé
et vous" est une série d'infofiches publiées par Santé Canada. Les abonnés
au service seront avisés par courriel aussitôt qu'une nouvelle
infofiche Votre santé et voussera disponible sur le site Web de Santé
The Anakit (syringe with epinephrine) has been discontinued
in Canada. The closest equivalent is the Twinject auto injector, which combines an auto injector for the first dose with a syringe for the second dose.
The official EpiPen® web sites (marketer/distributor
of the EpiPen®) are epipen.ca
(Canadian) or view epipen.com.
Canadians and Americans can sign up for an expiry date reminder program.
Epipen® trainers (no medication or needle) are available in Canada from AAIA.
EpiPens® - Common Mistakes in Using One (off-site)
Shows pictures of common errors people make
in using an auto-injector. Get a trainer and practice! practice!
practice! If you ever need to use it, you'll feel much more comfortable
and you'll do it right.
of the EpiPen®
Here's a short
paragraph about how the EpiPen® was developed sent to me by Shel
Kaplan, listed as the primary inventor. This story has not been independently verified.
with Anaphylaxis: Handling the Stress (AAIA)
avec l'anaphylaxie: gérer le stress
Parental Stress (AAIA)
Food Allergy Syndrome (AAIA)
is an allergy to certain raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, spices and
nuts causing allergic reactions in the throat and mouth.
Not usually life-threatening.
Oral Food Allergy Syndrome (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
Syndrome Allergie Orale
- direct link for both
Airborne Allergens Q&A (AAIA)
Food Allergies and Smell (AAIA)
Ear Infections and Allergy (AAIA)
Food Allergy: Playing Detective (AAIA)
List of Food Families
Cross-sensitivities among plant families is an evolving
field of interest. Ever wonder why your peanut-allergic child
hates peas? They are in the same food family! He/she may
be sensitive to peas as well as peanut or they may just not
like them. Birch pollen allergies are been linked with various tree
nut allergies. Gives various common North American foods and
their related food families.
Aware of Lookalike Bracelets
MedicAlert® émet une mise en garde concernant les imitations de ses bracelets
Here's why MedicAlert® bracelets are different
from ones you buy in the jewellery store or pharmacy. There
are important differences!
10 Reasons for Wearing MedicAlert ID
Wearing medical identification bracelets or necklaces
can save your life! Emergency medical people rely on
it for helping them apply the appropriate treatment regime for you.
What is Peanut/Nut Free?
croisée: Qu'est-ce qu'on peut considérer sans arachides?
Explains what is meant by the terms "peanut-free"
and "Cross-Contamination", how to avoid nuts/peanuts (principles apply to other food
allergens, not just peanut).
Allergies and the Preteen Years: Staying Alive (AAIA)
Teens and Anaphylaxis (link to AAIA site)
Cold Induced Hives and Anaphylaxis (AAIA)
Foods To a Baby Who May Have Food Allergies (AAIA)
Herbal Medicine Precautions (AAIA)
Provincial School Allergy Policies/Resources - see Links page
in Schools & Other Settings" Manual
à l’école et dans d’autres milieux"
This manual provides anaphylaxis basics and recommendations for
anaphylaxis management. Published by the Canadian Society of Allergy
and Clinical Immunology (allergists' professsional association). Replaces the
CSACI 1995 Consensus statement.
There are two ways to get the manual:
~ View/print excerpts from Allergy
Safe Communities or Sécurité
~ Order from AAIA for $15 plus shipping & handling.
Anaphylaxis: A Handbook for School Boards
Anaphylaxie: Guide à l'intention Des commissions et
An excellent resource published by the Canadian
School Boards Association. Everyone in the school community
has a role and responsibilities for ensuring a safer environment
for children with life-threatening allergies. Includes a legal perspective, list of roles and responsibilities, posters and letters you can use as templates to send to parents. Donate a copy
to your school, health unit and public library.
Guide for Parents/Students with Anaphylaxis (AAIA)
Guide pour parent/eléves
au sujet de l'anaphylaxis
Allergies: Managing Risks at School (AAIA)
Living in this world entails risks. It's unavoidable.
How do we identify and manage the risks for our food-allergic children
at school? You can send
your child to school and not go crazy every day with worry!
Cleaning Up Peanut Allergen Residue - Research
Magnets Master ( WORD document)
master to create magnets to hand out to your child's classmates
(ask for teacher's permission first).
Can be changed for any allergy.
Encourages parents to call you if they have any questions
about food. A gentle reminder for your classmates.
1. Buy a set of business card sized magnets from your office
2. Revise and print out the labels on bright paper
3. Cut the labels out
4. Stick the labels onto the magnets.
5. Hand out to the class in September - work with the teacher.
XXX-free snacks for Mrs. Smith's class
If you have any questions about snack ingredients, please
feel free to call [name] at
for Lunch Packers
Produced by the
Calgary Health Services Nutrition Division and offers excellent
alternatives for everyone's lunch. It is written for the general
public with good nutrition in mind. It does not deal with food
allergies so adjust for your own needs so please no emails about the fact that is has peanut butter included.
Restrictions in Schools (AAIA)
Guide to Allergy and Anaphylaxis
et l'anaphylaxie: guide pour le personnel enseignant à l'école
Guide to Asthma
- Un guide pour le personnel enseignant à l'école
Guide to Eczema
Practices in Special Education Articles
An excellent series of articles published by the Alberta Education Special Education
Liberty and peanut butter?
A thought provoking article on the community's responsibility
to provide for people with disabilities, specifically those with
anaphylaxis. By Isabel Grant, a Canadian law professor.
Allergies: A Medico-Legal Perspective
Published by EduLaw, The Education Law Reporter,
Vol 7, No. 9, May 1996
By Joel Doctor, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C) Allergy and Clinical Immunology
and Elaine Doctor, B.Ed., M.A., LL.B., Barrister and Solicitor.
and Schoolyard Violence (AAIA)
brutalité à l'école
Don't We Just Ban Peanuts (and Nuts) at School?
pas simplement interdire les arachides (et noix) dans les écoles?
Food bans are a hot topic in many communities today.
Here are some reasons why they are not a good idea. No major
North American allergy group supports banning specific foods on a school-wide
Support Articles Menu
This menu lists a variety of documents such as: help
for organizing a school support group, lesson plans and school activities
to School with Allergies and Asthma (AAIA)
Ins and Outs of Peer Pressure
Ragweed vs. Goldenrod (AAIA)
Why Pollen Grains are Allergenic (AAIA)
Sun Sensitivity (AAIA)
Air Filter Review (Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation)
Airborne Tire Fragments and Latex
Indoor Air Quality in Your Home (AAIA)
Workplace Issues - see Links page
Cleaning - Fact and Fiction - off site
CMHC home English Type in Duct Cleaning in Search box.
CMHC home French
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has lots of great
articles. Just enter "air quality" in their Search box
and you'll get a big list.
and Ozone/ Air Cleaners - off site articles
"Ozone is a potent lung irritant and exposure
to elevated levels is a contributor to the exacerbation of lung
indoor ozone is produced directly by ozone generators and indirectly
by ion generators and some other electronic air cleaners. "
Some good articles from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA).
EPA site - Publications
site - Ozone, ozone generators and air cleaners review
of a Dust-Free Room
Published with permission from the Bayer Corporation.
on Mold Avoidance
en CE regarde l'allergie aux moisissures
Published with permission from the Bayer Corporation.
To Avoid Stinging Insects
The AAIA web site has excellent
full-colour brochures on peanut and nut allergies in English and
Allergy -- What You Need to Know
aux arachides - Ce que vous devez savoir
A great article detailing the factors which contribute
to fatal peanut reactions and the lifestyle adjustments which must
be made. Applicable to other life-threatening
allergies as well.
Dr. Antony Ham Pong has graciously allowed us
to reproduce his handouts on several topics (see also milk, egg
allergy). They are quite thorough in their content.
Dr. Antony Ham Pong has graciously allowed us to
reproduce his handouts on several topics (see also milk, egg allergy).
They are quite thorough in their content.
CBC peanut allergy research article
CBC, our Canadian broadcaster, has a number of peanut allergy articles which can be found by doing a search on their web site.
Peanut allergy may not be permanent
Last Updated: Friday, February 9, 2001
Up to 20 per cent of people who had a peanut allergy as a child may end up outgrowing their reaction. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University report some people can go from worrying about a severe or even fatal reaction to eating peanut butter sandwiches without a care in the world. The study, published in the February 2001 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, looked at a group of 223 people with a well-documented peanut allergy.
The patients, aged four to 20, were tested for their reaction to peanuts... and, their allergy histories were taken.
The volunteers then underwent skin testing...
also measured the level of peanut specific IgE in the patients' blood. Those who met specific criteria, were then invited to eat some peanut protein.
One hundred and twenty-six patients were eligible for this stage of the testing. Of the 85 who agreed to participate, 48 had no adverse reaction. So over 20 per cent of all the children studied had lost their allergy.
Webmaster note: Research is continuing. Our daughter has outgrown her allergy - we hope it's permanent.
Dr. Ham Pong's Peanut Allergy Research Update
Here are details of Dr. Ham Pong's (Ottawa allergist/researcher) study on identifying people who may have outgrown peanut allergy.
Outgrowing Peanut Allergy: Our Experience
This is the brief story of how our daughter (webmaster) was included in Dr. Ham Pong's study and was determined to have outgrown her peanut allergy.
Allergy: How Much Peanut Is Too Much?
Peanuts, Why Now?
Don't We Just Ban Peanuts/Nuts in School?
(details in School section)
Allergy: Where Do We Stand?
This evolving page is located on the Association of Allergists
and Immunologists of Quebec web site. It summarizes the research
from the latest publications and is updated as new information is
obtained from the medical literature, meetings,etc. It has become
quite large and loosely organized. They also have a number of other excellent articles on their public pages.
Check out the Links page: Canadian
Food Inspection Agency site for the current requirements. Sign
up for their email alerts re food recalls.
Also see Health
Canada's Food Allergen labelling page listing .
Food Labelling Laws: When is a label not a label
This article was written by Dr. Antony Ham Pong and
Marian Zarkadas, a retired food specialist at Agriculture &
Agri-Food Canada. The laws and guidelines regarding labels
are constantly under evaluation and change.
Food Labels for Milk Ingredients
Here are some common ingredients which indicate the
presence of milk. In Canada, dairy can also be included on a
label as "spices" or "flavourings" without being listed specifically
as milk (I hope this changes). There are also a few ingredients
with the word "lactylate, lactate or lactic acid" which are additives
not derived from milk.
a Food Reaction due to Mislabelling or Contamination
In Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
is responsible for many aspects of food safety and regulation. If
you have a food reaction due to possible mislabelling of food or
contamination due to cross-contamination with other foods or bacterial
contamination, contact the Agency to make a complaint. They will
investigate the complaint and take action if needed.
AAIA has excellent
full-colour brochures on egg and dairy allergies in English and
French on their
on Food Hypersensitivity to Egg
This article is from the now defunct Allergy Asthma
Association of Alberta from 1987. However, I think much of
the information is still useful. Includes a list of names
that egg is listed under in ingredients labels, substitutions and
their effect on the product, and a list of specific foods to avoid.
about Hypersensitivity to Corn
This article is from the now defunct Allergy Asthma
Association of Alberta. It's dated but still relevant. Corn is still
heavily used in just about everything.
Links page for more Corn allergy web sites.
Allergy: The Facts (AAIA)
au lait: les faits (AIAA)
Two more great handouts from Dr. Antony Ham Pong,
Allergic Eye Diseases (AAIA)
Atopic Dermatitis - Eczema (AAIA)
Atopic Dermatitis and Indoor Allergens (AAIA)
Rhinitis - Nothing to Sneeze At (AAIA)
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (AAIA)
Wheat Substitutes (AAIA)
Hives - Urticaria (AAIA)
Using Over-the-Counter Eye Drops for Allergy (AAIA)
Second Asthma Test
Think your asthma is under control? Take the test
and see how you fare.
Courtesy of Asthma
Snow Mould (AAIA)
Is Your Asthma Out of Control? (AAIA)
Misconceptions Asthmatics Have About Asthma (AAIA)
Asthma and Pregnancy (AAIA)
- Breathtaking News (AAIA)
- Nouvelles époustouflantes
Originally published in November 1999 and reviewed in July 2009 by an AAIA Regional Coordinator for accuracy and current information. No changes were necessary. A summary of the then most recent
drug introductions and a good overall description of how to manage
Strategies for School Children and Teens with Asthma (AAIA)
Reflux and Asthma (AAIA)
This article talks about how acid reflux from the
stomach, or heartburn, can be a potential trigger for asthma.
Chronic reflux can also be a symptom of other diseases such as Barrett's disease and esophageal
cancer so get it checked out!!
Last updated: July 29 2009