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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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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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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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Go Dairy-free on Shavuot!

  Shavuot is the time of year that Jews worldwide commemorate one of the most significant events in Jewish history when the Torah was given to the Jewish nation on Mount Sinai. Shavuot is traditionally celebrated with cheesecakes and dairy food! This holiday can be very problematic for people who have a food allergy to milk and dairy products. People with food allergies often feel isolated and excluded from events and holidays because of their food restrictions. And for people with a dairy allergy, Shavuot is all the more difficult. This year it's all going to change! This year, you and...
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Food Allergy Awareness Week 2021

Over 32 million Americans have food allergies, and the numbers have been growing over the last few years. Each year, we celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week. This week, the allergy community has a unique opportunity to raise awareness of their food allergies and anaphylaxis. There are many ways to raise awareness of food allergies, both as individuals and as a community. Individual Awareness As an individual, there are many ways to help the allergy community. For people who are open about their food allergies, simply talking to co-workers, schoolmates, and friends can raise awareness. A person with allergies can ask their...
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Should Israeli restaurants carry EpiPen’s?

  Last week Israel was shocked with the news of a 23-year-old woman with a milk allergy dying suddenly because of an allergic reaction. She was eating out in a kosher meat restaurant. Kosher restaurants have an obligation not to bring anything containing dairy into the restaurant. The young woman ordered a desert with whipped cream, assuming it didn’t contain dairy because the restaurant was kosher and could not serve dairy with meat. The restaurant had run out of whipped cream, so they ran out to a store to buy more. The restaurant staff didn’t make sure that it was parve...
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The Peanut Allergy

Peanut allergy is one of the most prevalent allergies in the world. The allergy to peanuts can range from severe to mild symptoms, depending on the case. Peanut allergy is widespread among children.  The peanut allergy is not airborne. An airborne allergy is a biological substance that triggers an immune system when it enters the body. Meaning, if someone is eating something with peanuts across the room, you will not have an allergic reaction.  An allergic reaction Symptoms Mild symptoms  A rash HivesRunny nose  Severe symptoms  Difficulty breathing Repetitive coughing Vomiting Swollen lips Hives spread all over the body    Causes  The peanut allergy causes an immune...
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Does Having Food Allergies Affect Career Choices?

When someone has food allergies, their lives can seem limited. They must make serious dietary changes. They often can't eat out at restaurants, and they have to make sure no one in their work/ or school comes with their allergen. Most people don't realize that people with food allergies are sometimes limited in their career options. Many jobs aren't possible for people with food allergies. The classic example is a chef. When someone wants to become a chef or a baker, they are likely to encounter their allergen. If their allergen only affects them when they eat it, it might be...
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How To Do a Nut-Free Pesach

Nut allergies have become increasingly popular over the past few decades. In fact, on average, it affects over 3 million Americans every year. Living with a nut allergy is a challenge, especially during Pesach, where most recipes, particularly cakes, cookies, and sweets, have some form of nuts. Since 2005, the law requires companies to label all their food products for allergens. However, many products still might have cross-contamination. During Pesach, many of the packaged kosher for Pesach foods have cross-contamination with nuts. Many factories produce many different types of food, some of which contain nuts. This causes cross-contamination with their food,...
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Food Allergies & Pregnancy – a personal story

I always considered my family one that was close-knit and accepting. Call it naivety, but that’s how it was. Until something happened that opened my eyes a little bit: My sister-in-law developed allergies to peanuts. At the age of 29. After a pregnancy (her third). I was 12 at the time. Let me preface by explaining that my sister-in-law had a reputation of being a hypochondriac, so that didn’t help. All I remember is one Sunday we got a phone call that my sister-in-law was taken to hospital after an anaphylactic reaction to something as of yet unknown. What followed for her...
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Common Food Allergy Substitutes

Having food allergies doesn't always mean that you have to give up your favorite meals. There are many great options to replace an allergen with a safe substitute. Here are some of the most common substitutes for allergens. Milk Milk is high in fat and protein. So, when thinking of a substitute, we need to find something that has similar qualities. Soy milk is a good option for replacing milk. It has almost as much protein and calcium as regular milk. Rice milk, Cashew milk, and almond milk are also great substitutes for milk (however, they are lower in fat). The...
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Sanitizing vs. cleaning

Over the years, we have had many cases of people who ate out in restaurants with a child who had a food allergy. The manager and staff ensured that everything was thoroughly cleaned and safe for consumption. However, their child ended up having an allergic reaction to the food. Most people don't realize the vast difference between cleaning versus sterilizing and that sterilizing is crucial for anyone with severe allergies. A common allergy myth is that people think that soap and water are enough to prevent cross-contamination. While soap, water, and paper towels are enough to keep your hands clean from...
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Allergy Guilt & Tips

I can't recall a single cinematic scene in which a person with food allergies expresses their feelings of guilt about their allergies' negative impact on their loved ones' lives. Family, close friends, classmates, or co-workers may not be allowed to eat certain foods around them, or they may have to ask they are significant others to change an aspect of their diet so that intimate contact will not expose them to dangerous allergens. This is a crucial aspect of having food allergies that nobody discusses and of which the public (allergy-free individuals) may aa be aware. Having a food allergy, and...
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Mishloach Manot & Food Allergies?

Purim is a stressful time for parents who have children with food allergies, particularly regarding mishloach manot. While Purim is a joyful holiday for the Jewish community, the exchange of gift baskets, called mishloach manot, can be very challenging for people with food allergies. People make all kinds of delicious baked goods and treats for their family and friends, often with eggs, nuts, sesame, and other allergens. People who have food allergies, however, feel left out, and they are worried about an allergic reaction. All parents want their kids to be happy and participate in cultural (or religious) events, like normal...
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An Allergy-Free Trip in Israel - Tips

Israel is a beautiful, exotic, historical country with many excellent tourist sites like the Old City in Jerusalem, the Galilee sea, and the Ein Gedi Reserve.  Israel has a fast-growing culinary world with fabulous fresh food options and the heavy Mediterranean and exotic Asian fusions mixed with European influences.  Millions of people visit Israel each year from virtually every country in the world, but until now, Israel was challenging for people with allergies.  Nuts and sesame are a staple of the Mediterranean Diet. When you walk past a bakery, everything is covered in sesame and nuts! However, few people in Israel...
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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

21 July 2021
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 E...
14 July 2021
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 Epi...
07 July 2021
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 illnes...