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Tips for Safe Trick or Treating with Food Allergies
- Make sure your child eats before heading out so that they’re not tempted by unsafe treats.
- Carry safe snacks with you while trick or treating.
- Trade unsafe candy for allergen safe treats or non-food items once your children return home.
- Check all ingredients. Remember that treat sized candy may have different ingredients or be manufactured on different machinery than their full sized counterparts.
- Make sure your child carries his or her medicines while trick or treating, in case a reaction occurs.
- Accompany your child trick or treating or, if he or she is old enough to go without an adult, have him or her go with friends that know about the food allergy.
- Give neighbors safe Halloween treats in advance to hand out to your food allergic child.
- Reach out to teachers and other parents involved in classroom parties or social gatherings so they are aware of your child’s allergies and what to do in case of an emergency.
- Display your teal pumpkin to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!
The Teal Pumpkin Project
Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is joining FARE in encouraging food allergy families to start a new tradition:
Paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your porch as a sign to other families managing food allergies that you have non-food treats available at your home. Your teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies.
Look for our teal pumpkins and a list of Halloween safety tips at all 18 Atlanta Allergy & Asthma locations. Halloween can be a tricky time of year. Keep the fun without the fear!
For more information, click here: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project
Say FAREwell to Food Allergies...Walk Towards a Cure!
This year’s FARE Walk for Food Allergy will be held on Sunday, October 26th at Grant Park. Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is pleased to again be a part of this nationwide campaign to raise awareness and financial support for an organization that works to be the voice of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. Join the Atlanta Allergy Team and support our food allergy patients and their families.
Allergy Shot Reminders Now Available
We are pleased to announce a new service available to Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Immunotherapy patients. You can now sign up to receive allergy shot reminders by text and/or email. You can set these reminders to be generated when it is time for your injection, or to alert you when a shot has been missed.
Allergen Immunotherapy is a disease modifying treatment that can reduce your allergic sensitivities and provide long-term relief. When you adhere to your recommended injection schedule, over time, you will experience significant improvement in your allergic symptoms.
Please ask your injection nurse for more details.
New Treatment Options for Allergy Patients
Recently the FDA has approved several products for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis. These tablets, which treat grass or ragweed pollen allergies, are used daily under the tongue and are called sub-lingual allergen immunotherapy (SLIT). They are indicated for allergy patients who have sensitivities to either grass or ragweed pollens, since each tablet only treats one allergen.
Although this therapy is a new option for allergy patients, as with any medical treatment, the benefits must be balanced with the potential risks. Speak with your Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physician to see if these tablets are recommended for the management of your allergies.
Participants Needed for Asthma Research Study
Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Research Department is looking for qualified participants for an asthma research study. We are looking for people with uncontrolled asthma. To be considered for this study, you must:
-Be between 18 and 75 years of age
-Have received an asthma diagnosis at least one year ago
-Be taking an inhaled Corticosteroid and a second controller medication for the last 6 months, with no dose changes to these medications in the 4 weeks prior to the study.
-Have asthma that is not controlled by these medications
All study-related visits, tests, and drugs will be provided at no cost. In addition, reimbursement for time and travel may be provided.
To learn more:
Stockbridge Research - 770 996-5354 or email email@example.com
Marietta Research - 770 592-4210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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