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Telehealth: Seeing an Doctor or Allergist During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected everyone. From the elderly who have been placed in mandatory quarantine, to the children who are stuck at home all day, all of our lives have been interrupted. However, while many businesses have shut down or placed their employees on temporary leave, healthcare professionals are needed now more than ever. But with no public transportation and every minute outside increasing the level of risk, how are doctors and nurses meant to reach their patients? For people in the food allergy community, this is especially important. Food allergies are a very real and prevalent part of our...
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Shopping For a Food Allergy Family During Corona

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, people are anxiously preparing for any and all outcomes. For many, this means a panic filled shopping spree for stocking up on all the essentials. However, for food allergy families, the process is a little different. Families with food allergies need to take brand and availability into account with every shopping trip. And with so many shelves being emptied so quickly, the fear of being left without allergy friendly food is quickly growing.   Back to Basics While being stuck at home for hours on end is in no way a treat, it...
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Ideas for Allergy Safe Meals

COVID-19 has been one of the fastest spreading viruses to ever be. In just a matter of weeks, the virus has spread throughout the globe, infecting thousands and disrupting the lives of nearly everyone. For many, this means closed offices, shut schools and a lot more family time than they expected. It is times like these when meal time becomes an activity. We are sharing some of our favorite, allergy safe meals and snacks, to make this trying time a little bit easier. Breakfast Hash browns – These are a delicious, fan favorite, allergy free option. They are fairly simple to...
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Educating Children on Food Allergies

Having a child with food allergies can be hard. Not only do you have to learn a whole new set of cooking and cleaning tricks, but you have to screen every play date your child goes on too. It’s hard to completely trust someone who might not understand the severity of your child’s food allergies. However, teaching your child’s friends about food allergies can be the answer you need. By having all the children educated on food allergies, you can trust your child is safe at any play date and watch them thrive with their friends. Books Most children’s books are...
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Raising Food Allergy Awareness

Having food allergies is a full time job. Every ingredient, recipe and toy has to be checked and then checked again. For families that deal with this on a daily basis it can quickly become difficult to navigate normal life. For this reason, food allergy awareness is important. By having more awareness for those in the allergy community, life for those with food allergies can improve dramatically. Steps like better labeling and safer school lunches can change the lives of those in the allergy community. Bring it to School If your child has food allergies than spreading awareness can be as...
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Dating with Food Allergies

Dating is a prevalent part of all our lives. Children seem to be fascinated with the idea of love and companionship from a very early age. Given this, whether we are dating ourselves, or parents of children that are dating, navigating new relationships with food allergies can be a big part of our lives. And with so much of dating and courtship surrounding around new foods and experiences, it is vital that we know how to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe while we date new people. Be Open For many singles with food allergies, there is an anxiety around...
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Unlikely Places Your Food Allergy Could Be Hiding

For many people, food allergies can be all consuming. With such extreme consequences, it only makes sense that avoiding these reactions become a full-time job. People will read labels excessively and double check every ingredient in their meals. However, there are still a number of unlikely places where your food allergen could be hiding. Foods with unexpected ingredients and objects with unique bindings can all trigger allergic reactions. Household Objects to Look Out For Stuffed Animals – No one ever thinks that their stuffed animals could be a cause of concern – especially not when the concern is an allergic reaction....
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Using a Food Diary to Track Your Food Allergies

Whether you are working with your doctor to find out the source of your allergies, or just trying to keep track of your reactions, a food diary can be a useful tool. It can help you keep a balanced diet and provide you with a tangible piece of information to provide your allergist. And while a food diary in no place replaces medical testing, it can be a great first step to recognizing your symptoms and getting them under control. Why a Food Diary? When someone is experiencing allergy symptoms, the first thing their doctor wants to do is figure out...
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Pregnancy and Food Allergies

Many women, after discovering they’re pregnant, make the decision to change their diet. Whether it be the switch to making more nutritious meals or the push to eating less snacks, pregnant mothers are constantly looking for new ways to do what’s best for their babies. However, when it comes to mother’s with food allergies, there are a number of hurdles in the way. Classic nutrient packed foods like milk or fish, may not be a meal-time option. For mothers with food allergies, getting those nutrients to their babies, requires a little bit of thought and some helpful creativity. Gluten Allergy Many...
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Talking to Your Child About Food Allergies

Food allergies are a very real part of our lives. Whether it is you, your child, a friend or family member, countless people deal with them on a day-to-day basis. Given this, providing your child with knowledge on this life-threatening reality is vital. However, explaining to your child why they are no longer able eat their favorite food or have their favorite cake at their birthday party, is never an easy conversation. That is why we must always remember the importance of open communication. Most children are more mature than we give them credit for and are eager to understand and...
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Food Allergies on a Budget

Food allergies can be difficult to navigate. Not only can they be the cause for great stress and anxiety, but they also require a great deal of planning ahead and responsibility. Additionally, many people find that food allergies can require expensive groceries and specially made items that can really rack up that grocery bill. However, there are some ways to keep your food expenses modest – even with food allergies. Keep it Simple With so many food alternative options out there these days, it may be tempting to jump right into making that gluten free, dairy free, mac and cheese. However,...
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Keeping an Allergy Safe Home

 For people with food allergies, eating can often be scary. Without the control over the kitchen, groceries and utensils, it can be tough for them to trust that the food they are eating is safe. Given this, if you, or someone you love, does live with a food allergy, it is important to ensure that you know how to keep your kitchen safe. Ranging from shopping, to cleaning, every step of the process requires careful attention and understanding. Read Labels One of the simplest ways to ensure the safety of your kitchen is to pay attention to what you are putting...
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Sending Children with Food Allergies to School

Most parents can understand the fear surrounding sending your child to school for the first time. Until that point you had complete control over everything your child went through, from the moment they woke up, until the moment they went to sleep. However, sending your child to school forces you to separate from them and trust others with their well-being. For many parents, this worry begins to ease after a few days, allowing their children the independence they require in order thrive. However, for parents of children with food allergies, this fear may never go away. With so many possible triggers...
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Living With Food Allergies

Finding out you - or someone you love – have food allergies, is hard. Not only can this mean the end of eating your favorite foods, but it also can take all the enjoyment out of meal time. With the severe reactions that food allergies cause, every meal can become consumed by fear and anxiety. That said, there are a number of tips and tricks that make dealing with your allergies slightly easier. Read Labels This may seem obvious, but many people don’t understand the importance of reading the labels of their food. For one, many foods often have unexpected ingredients....
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How to Know if You Have Food Allergies

At times, people can find it difficult to identify the root of the symptoms they are experiencing. Be it itchy skin, watery eyes or a swollen throat, any number of symptoms can be pointing towards a food allergy. That said, there are also a number of other possible causes for these symptoms, begging the question: how is one supposed to identify when the are having an allergic reaction? What is a Food Allergy? Before attempting to self-diagnose your symptoms, it is a good idea to gain a clear understanding about what a food allergy really is. A food allergy is an...
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Allergies Over the Holidays

  Living life with food allergies can often feel restrictive – especially for those who developed their allergies later in life. However, as allergy awareness grows and the push for better options are demanded, plenty of food replacements and allergy safe brands are beginning to emerge. That said, there is still one time of year that remains difficult for people with food allergies - the holidays. Navigating your way through a holiday meal can be as difficult as walking through a minefield. Whether it be because your relatives aren’t sensitive enough to your sensitivities, your friends don’t understand the severity of...
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Supporting the non-allergic sibling

Sometimes it creeps up on you, for other parents- they start seeing the cracks but don’t quite know what they mean and for a third (luckier!) group of parents- they have been warned to keep an eye out- they know what to look for and implement strategies long before it develops into a real problem. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to- there is no guilt in the game (unless you count what we put on ourselves as parents -every-single-day-!) what does matter, are the steps you take next. We can’t control the past, we can, however, have a say...
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Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis in Newborns

When babies are born- they are the most beautiful things in the world. Their skin is soft and smooth- a magnificent representation of the miracle of life. Within a few days, their skin can develop a red rash white spots or other imperfections, which is all normal development of the body’s exposure to the world. So how does a parent know when normal skin defects cross over to allergies? Can a newborn baby develop food-allergies? And if a parent suspects something is amiss, what are the first steps they should take? Eczema/Skin Rash Babies are born with extremely sensitive skin, making...
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Job hunting for the allergy teenager

When I was about 15 my doctor sat me and my mother down and told me that there were certain things in life I had to avoid and there wasn’t much they could do about it. After undergoing a childhood filled with numerous allergy test the list in front of him detailed my complete lists of allergens. He also specified a variety of career paths I should stay clear of when considering any future higher-education or job placements. Since water and soap is a big no-no for me due to my skin condition, on the top of the list were careers...
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Online Food-Allergy Support groups - join or avoid ?!?!?

30 years ago when a child was diagnosed with a food allergy, not only did parents have to navigate the challenges of managing a child with this condition in a world with less awareness and education regarding food allergies, they also had to travel the journey largely alone; (aside for a doctor, allergist and spouse, of course). Experts across the globe all agree that having a strong and solid support system is instrumental in managing any significant challenge while staying emotionally healthy throughout. However, finding such a support group in the day’s pre-internet was very difficult. With the increase of social...
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What Our Clients Say

Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.

 Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.

 We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.

T.M., Chicago, USA

Comfortable, calm, and at ease

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!

It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)

We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!

All the best,

S.C., New Jersey

Thank You

We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.

T.G., Philadelphia, PA

The Allergy Card was Extremely Helpful

"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew.  The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”

G.A. Illinois USA

Our Latest Blogs

31 March 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has affected everyone. From the elderly who have been placed in mandatory quarantine, to the children who are stuck at home all day, all of our lives have been interrupted. However, while many businesses have shut down or placed...
24 March 2020
As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, people are anxiously preparing for any and all outcomes. For many, this means a panic filled shopping spree for stocking up on all the essentials. However, for food allergy families, the process is a ...
18 March 2020
COVID-19 has been one of the fastest spreading viruses to ever be. In just a matter of weeks, the virus has spread throughout the globe, infecting thousands and disrupting the lives of nearly everyone. For many, this means closed offices, shut school...