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How to Navigate Around Food Allergies This Halloween

Here are some very practical tips on what to hand out for treats this Halloween. Included are some allergens you might not expect to find in common candy brands, and some suggestions for allergen-free candy or other non-edible items you might give instead. Time to get out that teal paint!

Bowl Filled with Halloween Candy
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Keep kids with food allergies safe by opting for allergen-free treats

By Sarah D. Young
October 11th, 2016

If you’re a parent to a child with a food allergy, there’s more to the task of sorting through the night’s Halloween candy haul. In addition to making sure that no suspicious looking candy found its way into your child’s bucket, you may also have to weed out candy that could trigger an allergic reaction.

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Scoutmaster Survives Life-Threatening Hornet Sting

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The Allergy Advocacy Association is very proud to have played a part in saving the life of a local man serving as a volunteer scoutmaster at a Boy Scout camp. We hope to expand our donation of EpiPens program in the coming year, to help avoid any potential tragedies while kids and adults are out exploring the wilderness.

Allergy Advocacy Association comes to the rescue at local Boy Scout camp

By Suzanne Driscoll
September 8, 2016

Scoutmaster Kevin Hill knew he was in trouble. Even though he had been harmlessly stung by a bee about 30 years ago, he was having an attack of anaphylaxis after a hornet stung him while he standing down by the waterfront at a local Boy Scout camp. The camp medical officer was called and Kevin was given a shot of epinephrine right away. His symptoms improved and when an ambulance arrived about 15 minutes later, the EMTs decided Kevin didn’t need a second injection before transporting him to the hospital.

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Milk Allergy at School

Kids at School Lunch Table

If your child has a milk allergy, here are some very practical tips for helping them to be safe at school. The main message is to get teachers, other parents, your child’s friends and the school nurse involved, and plan strategies ahead of time so your child doesn’t feel left out when it comes time for pizza and ice cream celebrations.

Milk Allergy at School

By Alisa Fleming
August 30, 2016

This post is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free. They asked to be a part of providing helpful milk allergy information for back to school.

High Risk Dairy Foods & Situations

Below are five high risk dairy foods and situations that occur quite often in most school settings. I’ve included an explanation of the challenges along with some ideas to help you and your milk allergic kid navigate this milk minefield.

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Syringe & Vial or Epi-Pen®?

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(L) Photo by Carlos Ortiz D&C Staff Photographer
(R) Photo by Greg Friese @ Flickr

With the skyrocketing price of EpiPens® along with employers continuing to offer only high deductible health plans, alternatives such as a syringe and vial have been suggested. The Allergy Advocacy Association decided to conduct an informal survey of four allergists from the Rochester, NY area and four consumers from the Buffalo/Brooklyn/Chappaqua areas regarding this alternative. The results show they all shared similar concerns.

Safety and Usability of Epinephrine Syringes for Consumers

By Janet Goldman
September 7th, 2016


With the escalating costs of epinephrine auto-injectors, consumers have been seeking alternative solutions. Some families have turned to the generic form of Adrenaclick, produced by Impax Laboratories. This alternative is significantly less expensive than the EpiPen®. However, many allergists prefer to prescribe the Epi-Pen® due to their known reliability. Some families in western New York have sought solutions by shopping across the border. When traveling to Canada where medication prices are regulated, consumers have found Epi-Pen® prices to be drastically reduced. Saddled by budget constraints, some families have begun to replace the auto-injectors with a very different alternative, a needle syringe and vial.

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Red Wings Unveil "Peanut Aware Zone" at Frontier Field

Group photo at Redwings Game
Photo by Craig Bahr

The Rochester Red Wings will always be winners in our book. Frontier Field is now the only baseball stadium in the country (that we know of) to offer a peanut and tree nut-free seating section. Fans with these types of food allergies are very appreciative of the new seating section.

By Beth Adams
August 1st, 2016

Peanuts and Cracker Jack are part of the menu at any American baseball park, but that can be a problem for fans who have nut allergies.

The Rochester Red Wings say that's why the team is now offering a peanut and tree nut-free seating section at Frontier Field.

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