Home Food Allergies Newest information from Meals Allergy Canada – April 2024

Newest information from Meals Allergy Canada – April 2024


Join our Could webinar on medical trials with Dr. Julia Upton. Register your baby for our subsequent session of Allergy Friends/Allies and prepare for Meals Allergy Consciousness Month (FAAM) in Could! Plus, with Spring within the air, so are pollens – study extra about pollen meals allergy syndrome (also referred to as oral allergy syndrome) and methods to handle in case you’re impacted.

Webinar Could 16th: The ins and outs of medical trials

Dr. Julia Upton
Dr. Julia Upton

Be part of us to listen to from Dr. Julia Upton to study in regards to the function of medical trials and the way they work in offering therapy choices for meals allergy. Register now and ask your questions prematurely of the session.

What the webinar is about: What medical trials for meals allergy therapy are all about, together with why they’re vital, what they contain, the totally different phases of a trial, when sufferers become involved, and issues to think about in case you are taking part in a single.

Who’s presenting: Dr. Julia Upton, who’s on employees on the Hospital for Sick Kids within the Immunology and Allergy Division; Medical Director, Medical Analysis Centre at SickKids Analysis Institute; and an Affiliate Professor within the Division of Paediatrics on the College of Toronto. She is on the Board of Administrators on the Canadian Society of Allergy and Medical Immunology and a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board. 

When is it: Thursday, Could 16th from 12pm-1pm EDT

Register now: Allergy Friends/Allies spring session

Allergy Pals and Allies Online Peer Mentorship Program

Our free 8-week on-line mentorship program begins on April 27, 2024! Enroll your 7-15-year-old now, in order that they don’t miss out on an incredible expertise connecting with different youngsters with meals allergy.

These on-line periods are enjoyable, participating and have obtained excellent suggestions from earlier members. Register your baby at the moment to avoid wasting their spot!

Meals Allergy Consciousness Month is just a few weeks away!

Various monuments across Canada light up teal for food allergy awareness
Monuments lit in teal all through Canada

Could is Meals Allergy Consciousness Month (FAAM) in Canada, so keep tuned for thrilling FAAM information and occasions, together with teal monument lightings, instructional webinars, campaigns, and extra!

Our focus can be on constructing confidence round indicators and signs and the therapy of anaphylaxis. Be looking out for an e-mail on Could 1st with extra particulars on how one can take part all through the month.

Managing springtime with pollen meals allergy syndrome (PFAS)

Spring is within the air and so are many pollens inflicting these with PFAS (also referred to as oral allergy syndrome or OAS) to really feel allergic signs, like an itchy mouth, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, and extra.

With PFAS, the proteins in sure contemporary fruits, greens, and tree nuts are just like these in pollens, and this “cross-reactivity” may cause allergic signs like itchiness of the mouth and throat. Folks with PFAS are allergic to pollen.



The signs of PFAS are often itchiness of the mouth and throat when consuming contemporary fruits or greens and/or tree nuts associated to the pollen to which you’re allergic. Sometimes, swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth, or throat can happen. Examples of a number of the fruits, greens and nuts which are just like sure pollens are listed in our pollen allergy & meals chart. 

Signs sometimes develop inside a couple of minutes of consuming. Though it’s unusual, PFAS can result in anaphylaxis. PFAS signs can happen at any time of the 12 months, however signs could also be worse throughout pollen seasons.


Male allergist prescribing medication in clinic, keeping records, health care

Allergists can evaluate a affected person’s historical past and will carry out totally different assessments to substantiate PFAS, reminiscent of pores and skin prick assessments to sure pollens in addition to the meals inflicting the signs. If you happen to assume that you simply otherwise you baby might have PFAS, a referral to an allergist might help you acquire a proper analysis.


Teen boy cooking

Often, folks with PFAS keep away from the contemporary or uncooked meals inflicting signs. They’ll usually tolerate the meals whether it is properly cooked or heated as a result of getting ready the meals with warmth modifications the protein composition of it. Canned meals will also be an choice, and a few discover that peeling the impacting fruit or vegetable is useful.

It isn’t essential to keep away from all meals that may cross-react if they are often eaten with out signs. Plus, signs may be very particular to sure forms of vegatables and fruits. For instance, some might solely react to 1 apple selection and to not one other.  

In instances the place there could also be a better threat of anaphylaxis, an allergist might suggest that you simply keep away from sure meals and carry an epinephrine auto-injector. These threat elements embody involving greater than a bit itching within the mouth/throat, signs to tree nuts, and/or constructive pores and skin prick assessments to the allergy extracts.


Therapy of this situation varies. Many individuals handle by avoiding the meals inflicting signs or consuming modified variations of the meals. Some folks take antihistamines to alleviate delicate signs. It isn’t clear if receiving allergy pictures (immunotherapy) for pollen allergy is useful for PFAS.

Please communicate to your physician for therapy choices which are greatest appropriate to you.

Study extra

Pollen allergy and foods chartPollen allergy and meals chart

This helpful chart reveals the pollens damaged out by the totally different seasons and which meals might set off signs when you’ve got PFAS.

Understanding OAS webinar coverUnderstanding PFAS webinar

Study in regards to the fundamentals of PFAS, together with signs, analysis and therapy, reactions and their severity, and methods to handle it.

Tags: Medical trials, OAS, PFAS, pollen meals allergy syndrome, webinar

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