Sesame Allergy Rates Are Increasing: Here’s What to Know

Allergies to sesame can be a tough one to deal with since it’s in so many different foods and is still not required to be listed on food labels. The ninth most common allergy, it may end up being up to individual states to pass legislation mandating sesame to be added to the list of eight allergens now required to be labeled. Meanwhile promising research is taking place by exposing children to sesame who are under six months of age and are at risk of developing this allergy, such as being allergic to another type of food.

Sesame Allergy Rates Are Increasing: Here’s What to Know

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Sesame seeds aren’t required to be listed on food labels. Getty Images

By Kristen Fischer
August 2, 2019
 

Sesame allergy is more common than most people may think, according to a new study (Prevalence and Severity of Sesame Allergy in the United States) published today in JAMA Network Open.

More than 1 million children and adults in the United States have the allergy, estimates the new data — higher than what was previously reported.

At that number, it’s the ninth most common allergy in the United States.

And that makes experts concerned about exposure risk — since only the top eight allergens are reported on food labels.

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Watch Out: Bee Sting Deaths Have Been on the Rise, CDC Data Shows

Preventing deaths from bee stings is very close to our hearts, as this is how our founder Jon Terry’s sister died. Recent studies report 1,109 deaths from bee, hornet and wasp stings during the past 17 years. And if you’ve had a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting, there is a 30-60% chance you will experience full-blown anaphylaxis the next time you are stung. If you have experienced a bad reaction, it is important to discuss with an allergist whether you should get allergy shots to help prevent anaphylaxis.

Watch Out: Bee Sting Deaths Have Been on the Rise, CDC Data Shows

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By Jared Gilmour
August 2, 2019

Bee, hornet and wasp stings can be deadly — and over a recent six-year period, those stings have killed more and more Americans, according to a new report released Friday.

The number of United States deaths caused by hornet, wasp or bee stings ticked up each year from 2012 to 2017, the most recent years of National Vital Statistics System data that were analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the report.

Researchers did not give a reason for the steady increase in reported sting deaths over those six years, and the CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Syracuse Girl Overcomes Peanut Allergy with Oral Immunotherapy

You might say it’s a miracle, but thanks to parents’ willingness to take a chance, many children in the Syracuse area are now peanut allergy free after being treated with oral immunotherapy. It took ten months of ingesting increasing amount of peanut powder plus careful monitoring for Katia Flavin to overcome her peanut allergy, but the effort was well worth it. She and her family strongly suggest that others give it a try and hope that other allergists will offer this treatment in the future.

Syracuse Girl Overcomes Peanut Allergy with Oral Immunotherapy

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Katia Flavin “graduates” from oral immunotherapy

By Suzanne Driscoll
July 15, 2019

When thirteen year old Katia Flavin had to buy cookies for a party recently, it was a new experience that she could choose anything on the shelf. Diagnosed with a peanut allergy at age two, Katia recently completed a ten month oral immunotherapy treatment (OIT) and is now completely allergy free. She does have to remember to eat at least eight peanuts a day to keep up her immunity but enjoys eating them in the form of peanut M&M’s.

Katia’s case was a little unusual in that her blood tested negative for a peanut allergy and on a scratch test, but when “orally challenged” at the doctor’s, she did have a severe reaction and needed epinephrine. Her doctors as well as her family hoped that she would outgrow it, but by age 12 she hadn’t. Dr. Juan Sotomayor and Dr. Ellen Schaeffer of Allergy & Asthma Diagnostic Office in Syracuse suggested she try oral immunotherapy, and even though she was their very first patient to try it, her mother Michele jumped at the chance.

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Kirsten Gillibrand: I've Been a Terrified Parent

Right now there are quite a few Democrats running for president, but to our knowledge only one has a child with a food allergy. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand writes about her experience with her son and how grateful she is they had adequate health insurance. Sen. Gillibrand promises to continue fighting for affordable healthcare for all and to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for unnecessary price increases.

Kirsten Gillibrand: I've Been a Terrified Parent

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No family should face this impossible choice

By Kirsten Gillibrand
Wed. July 31, 2019

When my oldest son Theo was a toddler, he loved to help me cook dinner. One day he was sitting in his highchair and helping me dip slices of zucchini into egg batter for me to then bread and fry. Within seconds, his hands turned bright red and puffy. When I looked at his face and saw his cheeks and eyes had also swollen, my heart stopped. I knew he was having a severe allergic reaction.

Theo had experienced asthma attacks before, and my husband Jonathan and I were terrified, as we drove to the hospital, that Theo would keep getting worse.

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Despite Reports of Shortages, Epinephrine Auto-Injector Devices (EAIs) Are Available

Don’t panic if you have had difficulty filling your prescription for epinephrine autoinjectors due to a shortage of Epi-Pens. There are many alternatives available that are described in this article. These include generics and competing brands, and your allergist will be a helpful resource in finding the right solution for you or your child.

Despite Reports of Shortages, Epinephrine Auto-Injector Devices (EAIs) Are Available

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Allergists Can Teach Patients How to Use Alternatives

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By News Wire
July 12th, 2019

As parents start to plan for the upcoming school year, many are worried they won’t be able to find needed epinephrine autoinjectors due to a shortage of Epi-Pens. Despite the shortage of Epi-Pens over the last year, other autoinjectors are available in pharmacies and should be considered by anyone who has a severe allergy that might result in anaphylaxis.

“No one should fear they won’t have epinephrine in an allergy emergency” says allergist Todd Mahr, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “Your allergist is a great resource to help you find either an EpiPen or one of the other epinephrine autoinjectors on the market. All autoinjectors contain epinephrine, and that’s the needed ingredient to halt an anaphylactic reaction. Your allergist may also be able to assist you with copay programs to help defer costs for some of the products.”

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