Research into ways to administer epinephrine without a needle has been under way for years. While the wait continues, it is exciting that neffy® the intranasal emergency epinephrine device being developed by ARS Pharmaceuticals has made it to the US FDA for review. Find the details about timing here.
ARS Pharmaceuticals announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted a New Drug Application (NDA) for their neffy® nasal epinephrine device for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis in adults and children weighing 66 lbs and more.
Clinical trials confirmed a 2mg dose of epinephrine administered intranasally provided comparable pharmacokinetics as an administration from a traditional auto-injector.
Different skills are needed for managing and coping with food allergies in daily life at different ages. The Food Allergy Stages handouts were designed to help families manage food allergies and teach children about food allergies at different developmental stages. Use the Food Allergy Basics for All Ages handout to learn about important information all parents should know when they have a child with food allergies. Use the Food Allergy Stages handout for your child’s age for specific tips on managing food allergies at their stage of development. Always speak with your child’s allergist if you have questions or before making changes to your child’s food allergy management plan. Find links to the hand outs below.
Did you know that cow’s milk is one of the most common food allergies in young children? Dr. Karen Switkowski, for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, walks you through her study and recommending the best time to introduce children to cow’s milk safely to possibly avoid dairy allergies in the future.
“Cow’s milk allergy is among the most common food allergies in young children, and cow’s milk protein is often introduced before any other allergens or foods, in the form of cow’s milk-based infant formulas,” explains Karen M. Switkowski, PhD, MPH. “In fact, many infants are exposed to formula within hours or days after birth. Our team was interested in studying how the timing of first milk exposure was related to later milk allergy symptoms, especially given all the recent research on peanut allergy that has led to new allergy prevention paradigms supporting the early introduction of peanuts at 4-6 months of age. We wanted to know whether the idea of ‘earlier is better’ also applied to cow’s milk.”
Allergy-friendly treats are the headliners for a hauntingly good Halloween. Plan ahead with Allergic Living’s Candy & Treats List, and you’ll have a wealth of tasty and fun goodies to hand out on the big day.
When it comes to scary Halloween fables or fantasy films about ghosts or goblins, myths can be fun. If you have a life-threatening food allergy you need accurate information, not fairy tales. For news you can use for everyday life as well as the holiday season, check out this list of myths by Sandra Langel for the Health Digest.
Approximately 20% of the population has been diagnosed with at least one allergy (via the Allergy & Asthma Network). Allergies result from your body reacting to an object as dangerous when it's not. Your immune system creates antibodies against the entity. When you are exposed to the item again, the antibodies release substances that cause you to have an allergic reaction (per the Mayo Clinic).