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Wine allergy: can it be done? What are the symptoms?

True wine allergies are rare in occurrence, it is more common to have an intolerance to wine. Just as with any other food, medication, or environmental allergy a wine allergy involves an immune response. An immune response occurs when the body defends itself against substances it sees as harmful or foreign. It is unknown as to why the body creates an immune response in some people and not others. What are the symptoms if I have an allergy to wine? Allergies to wine can cause hives, difficulty breathing, and in extreme cases, shock, usually between 15 and 30 minutes after consuming...
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Can you be allergic to honey?

There are approximately 320 varieties of honey which vary in color and flavor. Honey is made by honeybees using nectar from flowering plants and is a natural sweetener, and although it consists mostly of sugar, it also contains amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. It is commonly used as a natural healing treatment for coughs, burns, and wound healing. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent. The BIG question- can a person be allergic to honey? Allergy to honey is rare, and although the exact figures in the general population are as of yet unknown- it is estimated to...
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Early Introduction of Allergens to Children

In the past, food allergies were considered rare. However, there has been a huge increase (50%) in the number of people who have food allergies between 1997 and 2011. In fact, 32 million Americans suffer from food allergies and 1 in every 13 children has a severe food allergy. Each year over 200,000 people (in the U.S) require emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food.  These are very scary statistics. Parents with kids who have food allergies must modify their lives and the lives of their families to accommodate their children. They are also constantly worried about their child suffering...
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Can honey be a cure for allergies???

The world is going natural! And what better way to live by this than by treating allergies with honey. Right? Well, not so fast. The theory behind using honey as a treatment for allergies is that repeatedly exposing a person to small amounts of an allergen desensitizes them to it- similar to an allergy shot. And while this is great in theory- unfortunately, it is not backed by science. Honey has reportedly been linked to lessened symptoms of people with seasonal allergies, but conclusions haven’t been consistent in clinical studies, with some studies showing 0% effectiveness. Honey’s healing powers Honey has...
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How can you help your child live well with his allergy?

Allergies have psychological repercussions on children. We will explain how to help your little one learn to cope with his illness and feel good about himself. Some tips to help them cope better with their allergyAccording to recent research, nearly 70% of parents find that allergies impact their children's quality of life. Frustration, isolation, fear, are some feelings that are from easy to bear. It must be said that watching your child suffer from an asthma attack can be difficult. But as Aurore Lamouroux-Delay, head of the Marseille Asthma School, points out: "Contrary to popular belief, children with allergies are not...
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Allergy and pregnancy: Don't panic

If you know you have allergies, consult your doctor before you become pregnant or at the start of your pregnancy. He will adjust your treatment, as some are contraindicated during pregnancy. He will also suggest that you be followed more regularly during the 9 months, because allergies during your pregnancy may be more virulent, identical, or on the contrary, attenuated. Allergy and pregnancy: little danger, but be prepared and consult The allergy does not harm the baby, but having an asthma attack, for example, even a slight one, is never harmless. That is why: If you discover that you are allergic...
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Tips for sending your food-allergic child to school

Food allergies are no laughing matter and it doesn't take long for them to become dangerous.  As a parent, it is your job to worry about your child but worrying won’t protect him or her. When you send your child to school, you are giving up control and placing their care in the hands of their teachers and administrators. If your child suffers from a food allergy, going to school could put them at risk for accidental exposure to their allergen. Here are some tips that will help you alleviate the stress of sending your food-allergic child to school. Communicate with...
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Introducing food allergens to infants

The introduction of allergens in a baby's diet raises a lot of questions for parents. Here are some answers that will help clarify a little. When and how should I introduce allergens into my baby's diet? The introduction of solid foods, including allergens, should be done around six months of age. In fact, according to the most recent studies on the subject, delaying the consumption of allergenic foods after the age of six months would not prevent the development of a food allergy in the newborn. How to proceed? - Make sure your child is physically ready for solid foods. For...
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The stress of planning a vacation with food allergies

For people with food allergies, vacations, especially abroad, can quickly become a hassle! To avoid unpleasant surprises and take full advantage of this long-awaited moment all year round, some basic precautions must be taken. Choosing the right vacation destination when you are allergic Each country has its culinary habits and traditions, and different allergens may be more or less present in them. If you have food allergies, choose a destination where the local diet is not in complete opposition to your allergy! For example, Asian cuisine uses very little milk and wheat flour, so Asia is a possible destination if you...
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EpiPen VS Auvi-Q

As most of you are aware, there are many different types of epinephrine auto-injectors available these days. Up until recently, EpiPens ruled the marketplace. But recently, a new product, Auvi-Q has been getting a lot of buzz. Is Auvi-Q the same as Epi-Pen? The answer is no, Epipen and Auvi-Q are not the same, but they are very similar. Although they contain the same medication, they deliver the medication via two different devices. These products are not interchangeable (meaning your pharmacist couldn't give you Auvi-Q instead of Epi-Pen without a new Rx or the doctor's approval); however, since they only differ in the...
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Everything you need to know about EpiPens?

What is an EpiPen? EpiPen is the brand name of an auto-injectable device that delivers the drug epinephrine. Epinephrine is a life-saving medication used when experiencing a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. An EpiPen is just one of the brand names of devices known generically as Epinephrine Auto-Injectors. This medication acts on the whole body to block the progression of the allergic response. It constricts the blood vessels, leading to increased blood pressure, and decreased swelling. This allows the muscles around the airways to relax, causing the lungs to open. Epinephrine also prevents the release of more...
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Personal Hygiene Among Children & Food Allergies

This week we celebrate national hygiene week! Personal hygiene is how you take care of your body. It includes certain habits like" brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and bathing regularly. These habits limit your chances of developing an illness. Every day people encounter many microscopic germs, microscopic allergens, bacteria, and viruses. This year, awareness of personal hygiene is very high because of the COVID-19 pandemic. People have been wearing protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and face shields. This equipment reduces one's exposure to germs and viruses but not completely. Additionally, children under the age of 7 are not required...
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The Corn Allergy 

  Millions of adults and children have food allergies, and the number is growing.  Today, 32 million Americans have at least one food allergy, translating to approximately 6 million children and 26 million adults. One allergen that is not as popular but is widespread is corn (raw or cooked).  While it's a common food, corn allergy is much less common than are allergies as wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, soy, fish, shellfish, or eggs. People who are allergic to corn don't always react the same way. Symptoms can range from itching, redness, nasal congestion, wheezing, throat swelling, and anaphylactic shock (anaphylaxis).   Even though corn allergy is rare, a reaction is almost immediate...
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First dates & Food Allergies

Dating can be a worrying time for anyone, especially those who have food allergies. Whether you are the one with a food allergy or the one dating someone with a food allergy, it may be a difficult but necessary discussion to have. When you finally decided to get over your fear and go on a date with your "crush," whom you have liked for so long, you suddenly think of a problem: how will I deal with my food allergies during the date? We know all this is very scary but don't worry, we are here to give you advice and...
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Finding New Brands to Trust with Food Allergies

The Covid-19 outbreak has forced all of us to change certain aspects of our lives. Many have begun working from home, socializing is no longer a prominent part of our lives, and supermarkets are running low on many essentials. People with food allergies not having access to the brands they are familiar with can cause great stress. Many families with food allergies have come to rely on brands and foods that they recognize and are now having to get creative to keep their families safe.   Labels If you have been dealing with food allergies for a long period of time,...
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Summer Camps and Food Allergies

Summer is here, and it is time to start thinking of summer camps for your children. Summer sleep-away camps are like a rite of passage for children. It is a significant experience. Kids spend time around the campfire telling ghost stories, making friends, and eating smores. Parents of children with food allergies are very concerned about sending their kids to summer camps. They are worried that their kids will feel isolated because of their food allergies, they are concerned about their kid having an allergic reaction, and they are worried about not being there for their kid in case of an...
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Lupin – Is it safe for Peanut allergy?

  There is a common misconception that a peanut is a part of the Tree-nut allergy. However, this is not true. Peanuts are, in fact, a part of the legume family. Other members include the soybean and peas. Tree nuts are all nuts grown on trees, such as walnuts, pecans, almonds, and more. Legumes grow underground and are, in fact, edible seeds.  Your allergist might tell you not to avoid the other legumes, depending on the severity of your allergy and your test results. However, there is one legume that most allergists would advise you to avoid, and that is –...
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Traveling with allergies post Covid-19 pandemic

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, traveling was not permitted or advised for anyone. People have been stuck at home with their kids and longing for a vacation and a way to leave their stress behind. The allergy community has felt this more than others. During the pandemic, restaurants that would generally be happy to accommodate people with food allergies are now overwhelmed with the new rules and regulations. They turn down people with food allergies.   People with food allergies have been stuck at home, only eating home-cooked foods, no being able to eat out, and feeling very stressed.  Now that the Covid-19...
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The Fear of Sending Your Child on their Gap Year

“I felt like I was holding my breath the whole time my child was away from home.” (-Food allergy parent). Sending their child away for their gap-year or on their first vacation without parental supervision is an experience that stirs up a lot of emotions; nostalgia, fear, excitement, and hope, among others. When a parent is sending a child away with life-threatening food allergies, it is a whole different story. As a parent, it is up to you to decide when you feel your child is ready to take the plunge and take this next step of traveling the world alone....
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Household Items That May Have Hidden Allergens

Suffice to say that people with food allergies will avoid foods that contain their allergen. They will check their food products for anything they might be allergic to, and they will only eat out in places they know are safe. However, most people don’t realize that many household items have hidden allergens or are more likely to carry allergens.  Soaps and cosmetics  Soaps and cosmetics may seem like an obvious guess because many soaps contain macadamia oil, nut oil, almond extract, or coconut oil. But it is essential to double-check before purchasing every item. Many companies don’t necessarily label oils and...
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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

Allergy Free baked goods for the lockdown

My family ordered a week's worth of food from Food Allergy Concierge during the most recent lockdown. Having the food on hand, and knowing that it was safe for everyone in the family to eat, helped turn the lockdown into a stay-cation! We were still able to take a break from cooking and worrying, and we look forward to using FAC's services again in the future.

Very easy to order and communicate your needs

We are so lucky we found this company to help us while our son was traveling. They provided allergy-safe baked goods and delivered them to his hotel so he could have bread and pastries on his month-long Israel trip. It was very easy ordering and communicating his needs. I would definitely use the food allergy concierge again the next time he travels to Israel.

Our Latest Blogs

03 November 2021
True wine allergies are rare in occurrence, it is more common to have an intolerance to wine. Just as with any other food, medication, or environmental allergy a wine allergy involves an immune response. An immune response occurs when the body defend...
20 October 2021
There are approximately 320 varieties of honey which vary in color and flavor. Honey is made by honeybees using nectar from flowering plants and is a natural sweetener, and although it consists mostly of sugar, it also contains amino acids, vitamins,...
06 October 2021
In the past, food allergies were considered rare. However, there has been a huge increase (50%) in the number of people who have food allergies between 1997 and 2011. In fact, 32 million Americans suffer from food allergies and 1 in every 13 children...