December 2014 Allergies and the Holidays
The holidays are just around the corner! Thought I would touch on some allergy information as there are so many triggers this season for those who have asthma, allergies with food and environmental.
Creams Create Allergies :
Using creams with food-based ingredients on broken skin could cause new food allergies, concludes a report from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). One woman, without a history of food allergy, experienced anaphylaxis to goat cheese after using a “natural” skin cream containing goat's milk on her eczema-affected skin. Allergists recommend using only bland skin-care products that do not contain food ingredients, especially for those with eczema. Be mindful that flavors and fragrances do not have to be listed on cosmetic labels.
GF Rule in Effect
As of August, 2014, the FDA's gluten-free labeling rule came into full effect. Any packaged food with a gluten-free claim must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. There are still exceptions. The standard does not apply to most alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, medications, pet food and foods regulated by the USDA such as meat or poultry.
Certain over the counter acne products may cause severe, life-threatening allergies. The FDA is warning that following products are listed: Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear brands. The ingredient causing the reactions has yet to be identified.
Stock Epi Act
Florida recently passed the most comprehensive stock epinephrine legislation. The law allows several public entities to be prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors to be kept on hand in case of anaphylaxis. Theme parks, including Walt Disney World, count as an authorized entity. In the future, restaurants, sports arenas and other venues may be authorized where people will come into contact with allergens that were unknown. Florida Emergency Allergy Treatment Act (HB 1131) may encourage other states to consider this measure.
Have a wonderful holiday season. Wash your hands with soap and water. Cover your nose/mouth with your “cough spot” in your elbow. Stay home when you are sick.
Vision screenings in Grade 2 will be happening this month.