If you live in the U.S., you’re probably starting to feel the effects of ragweed pollen. Ragweed pollen allergy affects about 25 million Americans, making it one of the most common weed allergy. Its light pollen easily spreads far and wide, causing people with nasal and allergic asthma symptoms to feel miserable each fall.
Did you know pollen might be responsible for your food allergy? If your mouth or throat itch when you eat certain fruit or vegetables, you could have oral allergy syndrome (OAS). And you would have a pollen allergy to thank for that.
On June 11, 2019, in Oakland, California, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and its California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) met to assess the clinical effectiveness and value of treatments for peanut allergy. The review examined two new technologies to induce immune tolerance — Viaskin® Peanut (DBV Technologies) and AR101 (Aimmune Therapeutics) — as well as non-commercialized oral immunotherapy (OIT).
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) addresses concerns regarding the Final Evidence Report assessing the clinical effectiveness and value of treatments for peanut allergy released by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) on July 10, 2019. ICER’s report may cause concern for the allergy community that the findings will restrict access to new treatments for peanut allergy.
We know that children with pollen food allergy syndrome (PFAS) also suffer from seasonal allergies. A new study being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston shows that allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) can be effective in reducing PFAS symptoms for pediatric patients.
Combining a 16-week initial course of the medication omalizumab with oral immunotherapy (OIT) greatly improves the efficacy of OIT for children with allergies to multiple foods, new clinical trial findings show. After 36 weeks, more than 80 percent of children who received omalizumab and OIT could safely consume two-gram portions of at least two foods to which they were allergic, compared with only a third of children who received placebo and OIT.
Marie, could you tell a difference or a reaction from the sunflowers? It could be that you are okay with them. My DD is allergic to some things, but does okay with some plants or other allergens that are related. Could you talk to your doc about whether sunflowers would be a problem for you in particular?
K8SMOM2002 Last fall undecided to dry the flowers so I cut them before the birds and squirrel could get at them. Oh my word I didn't realize how much pollen was in them. So I won't be drying them this year but I will plant the seeds again next year will just have to buy them.
When i got home today one plant was broken in half and another is laying on the ground and there are seeds all over the side walk, so think they are having a good time. I'm not going to have a good time cleaning up their mess....lol...
New to this blog and I have to say I am relieved to know that all the issues I have been having with food is real. I have always had issues with eating bananas. The past few months I have been having oral reactions to foods. I think it is bell peppers. I am thankful to have found this blog. Thanks.
The last column isn’t being over lapped by all the boxes . This happens to me when I have mango , pineapple and tomatoes it’s only during certain seasons. I’m allergic to grass , willow tree, ragweed . I’m also allergic to latex which can have cross reactions as well . Such as with the skin of some Mellon’s and avocado .
Information from AAFA’s Ask the Allergist is not a substitute for a consultation with a health care professional. Always talk with your own doctor before making changes to your asthma or allergy management plan. This question appeared in our spring/summer 2020 issue of freshAAIR Magazine, our FREE digital magazine featuring news and resources on asthma and allergies. Read the most recent issue. Question: When using oral steroids daily for the treatment of asthma, what is considered a “high...
These new biologics are expensive-- even with insurance the out of pocket costs make them unaffordable to me. That might change with time. I know there are some programs out there that help people, but in my current situation none help me. I am also curious if people are able to stop them without needing to go back on them or oral steroids, or if they need to continue them indefinitely. I also worry about any new medications long-term risks, like for cancers. Some of that is hard to know...
So, one thing being covered in the media/public health guidelines is "high dose corticosteroids" being a risk factor for developing more severe covid19. I suspect the questioner may have been inquiring about that. Perhaps adding an addendum might provide that context.
Shea - thanks for sharing your thoughts. You bring up a good point that biologics are not accessible to everyone because of cost which often depends on the type of insurance coverage. Access to medicine is one of AAFA's key advocacy issues. StephM - this question was not a recent question, so not related to COVID-19. You do raise a good question. The data about COVID-19 and risk factors is still developing and we are keeping a close eye on things that impact people with asthma so we can add...
I’ve had oas to apples, pears, all stone fruit, almonds as well as hazelnuts since my childhood. And it’s gotten progressively worse. I used to be able to eat these foods cooked or baked, now this is not even possible anymore. I got a blood test a few years ago and only hazelnut came back positive. But I know when eating raw apple my throat closes up. I have to carry an epi pen with me now. Any chance it could get better? I still get dreams of eating apples.
@KathyP I recently had issues cutting potatoes where I got itchy hands and a rash and hives up my hands , neck and chest . Doctor thinks that it’s the oral allergy syndrome strikes again with the grass and ragweed as main culprit . You remember the incident with the tomatoes ? She said there in the same family so it would make Sense . Also I’m seeing a Gastro specialist for some tests and he said when your digestive system is inflamed the more likely you can have these bizarre allergy attacks .
Tommy, my 8 year old, has both food allergies and OAS to a lot if things that cross-react with his pollen allergies. The difference with his OAS is that some times of year he can eat the foods just fine (like cucumber which cross-reacts with his ragweed allergy) but as soon as ragweed season comes it gets him itchy (especially under his arms). Then only if his ragweed allergy is bothering him or flared he will react to sunflower seed which stinks because he loves sunbutter and jelly...
Hey Ben - that's interesting that raw potatoes are causing a contact reaction on the your hands. And yes, potatoes and tomatoes are both in the nightshade family. Good luck with the gastro appointment and tests. I hope you will check in on the forums to let us know how that goes.
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