Canada Allergies

We Can Cure Kids' Food Allergies Within The Next Decade

Dr. Amy Kaiser | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Amy Kaiser

We need a long-term, lasting solution that removes the social barriers that come with allergies, allowing kids to focus on being kids, live life free of fear and feel the comfort of home wherever they are. The good news? Researchers are working tirelessly toward finding a cure, and they're getting closer to realizing this goal.

7 Tips to a Great Gluten-Free, Allergen-Friendly Halloween

Miriam Pearl | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Miriam Pearl

Getting ready for a gluten-free, peanut-free or anything else free Halloween just needs a little more diligence from you with a little extra planning and some close attention to candy ingredients so no one you love gets tricked by treats!

What to Do Next After Being Diagnosed With Celiac Disease

Miriam Pearl | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Living
Miriam Pearl

You're not alone. I remember the first time the doctor called me to tell me my son had celiac disease. I was horrified! It's alright to cry, get angry, lose your cool. It's alright to mourn the loss of gluten from your life. Breathe, accept the diagnosis and trust that you will get there. After a few months, life gets easier and the celiac patient starts to feel better.

What I Learned From My Child's Accidental EpiPen Injection

Pauline Osena | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Pauline Osena

I used to make jokes and wonder how someone could "accidentally" give themselves an epinephrine shot -- until it happened to us. My three-year-old son once found an EpiPen on the counter and thought it was the practice EpiPen that we allow him to play with. I don't recommend that anyone use epinephrine unless it's absolutely necessary, but I did take away some positive lessons.

Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Food Allergies

Pauline Osena | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Parents
Pauline Osena

While food allergies are a very serious topic, it's important to make learning about them a fun and interactive process so that the kids feel comfortable asking questions and talking about their allergies. Here are some ideas on how to introduce food allergies to a child in a fun and playful way.

My Chronic Skin Condition Leaves Scars You Can And Cannot See

Kayla Creighton | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Living
Kayla Creighton

Affecting one per cent of the population, CIU causes hives, swelling, pain and itching for absolutely no known reason. The scariest part of this condition is the unpredictability. When will I swell up so much I need to go to the hospital? Will this ever go away? How do I plan my life?

How Microbes Add Misery to Chronic Sinus Issues

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Medically speaking, the condition is called chronic rhinosinusitis and for decades, it has been a mystery. What starts off as the signs of a cold or allergy soon becomes a rather complicated problem for which there are few treatments and even less cures. Most of the time, medications are prescribed but some cases become so dire surgery is needed to help a person finally breathe clear. What makes this ailment so frustrating is the lack of a proper cause. The list of suspects includes genetics, cigarette smoke, and allergies.

Breathe Better This Summer With These Five Tips

Dr. Howard Levine | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Howard Levine

The summer season brings its own unique challenges, but we take measures to limit their impact--sunscreen prevents sunburns, citronella keeps bugs at bay, water keeps us hydrated. But what are we doing to arm our respiratory systems against low-quality summer air?

11 Things Everyone With Allergies Needs To Consider This Spring

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living

Spring is in the air, which also means that pollen, mold, and other allergens are too. The Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation estimate...

The Angst of Parenting a Child with Severe Food Allergies

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I just sat in the car and had a good cry. I was in the parking lot of my 11-year-old daughter's school on her first day of middle school, but I wasn't having the "oh my child is growing up" type of cry. Instead, I was unexpectedly engulfed in fear about her life threatening allergies to peanuts and shellfish.

How To Survive the Ugly Side of Summer

Carson Arthur | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Carson Arthur

We've all heard that mold in the home is extremely hazardous to our health, but did you know that mold occurs outdoors as well? Our gardens and backyards are actually a great breeding space for molds that are inhaled via mold spores. Our immune systems deal with these mold spores just like an allergy, with watery eyes, sneezing and congestion.

You Might Be Allergic to Global Warming

David Suzuki | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We've upset the Earth's carbon cycle by burning fossil fuels and destroying forests and wetlands. Plants help rebalance it by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. And rising atmospheric CO2 actually increases pollen production.

Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Though the atmosphere has apparently stabilized and winter will soon be gone for yet another year, for millions of people, this is no time to breathe easy. In the next few weeks, a new kind of trouble will emerge. Dubbed the 'pollen vortex' this rare springtime phenomenon will leave allergy sufferers just as miserable and clambering for the indoors.

Would You Shove Something Up Your Nose To Stop Allergies?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living

Could a new device you wear inside the nose alleviate allergies? A small study reports that a tiny "nasal filter" about the size of a contact lens ...

How Do I Know If I Have Allergies?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Living

Ahhh, spring. The time of sun, flowers and... Oh, right. It's allergy season too. But how do I know if I'm suffering from them? Allergies h...

The Surprising Antidote For a Wound

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgIf you happen to fall down and injure yourself, according to football mantra, the best thing to do is to get back up and rub some dirt on the wound. But the arboreal alternative has been used for centuries by indigenous populations and by many in the natural health community.

Colin and Justin's Guide to Allergy-Friendly Christmas Decor

Colin & Justin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Who knew the humble Christmas tree could send you into allergenic meltdown? Or that an undusted festive bauble could ruin the party? Yup, it's fair to report that, during the holiday season, Canadians sneeze themselves into high orbit. Don't let your allergies ruin your season of giving; follow our guide to make it to the New Year with minimal sneezing and maximum fun.

Getting Dirty May Be Good for You

David Suzuki | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

For much of human history we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved we became increasingly urbanized, and most of us now live in cities. As we've moved away from nature, we've seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing.

A Mistake That Could Have Been Deadly

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

I feel so terrible about something that I did last week. I didn't do it intentionally, believe me. In fact, I didn't even realize how bad my action was until just a few days ago. I am so very sorry for being selfish and thinking only of my son and not realizing how dangerous my actions were by allowing him to bring this granola bar with peanuts to school.

Bad Allergies? You Could Have Sinusitis

Dr. Allan Vescan | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Allan Vescan

Congestion, difficulty breathing, facial pain, and fatigue are all signs that allergy season is upon us...or so we think. For many Canadians, these symptoms indicate sinusitis rather than allergies. Differentiating between sinusitis and allergies can be difficult, but a visit to a doctor can lead to a diagnosis and proper treatment.

Understanding Gluten-Free Flours: An Infographic

Amanda Riva | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Amanda Riva

For a lot of people, one look at an aisles-worth of flour and flour alternatives is enough to have them turning their cart around and heading straight for the pre-made bakery goods or a fruit tray. Never fear! We've got them all listed for you in a neat little infographic.

The Sweeter Side of Going Gluten Free

Amanda Riva | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Living
Amanda Riva

If you're like us, you most look forward to the sweets at the end of a meal. Dessert makes everything better, even if it's just a small treat to pick ...

10 Things You Need To Know About Springtime Allergies

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Living

Tis the season to be snotty, itchy and sneezy. Springtime should be about warm weather and outdoor actives, but for some, it only means annoying a...

15 Allergy-Friendly Foods

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's hard enough to find foods your kids will eat, but if they have a food allergy (or someone at school does), it can seriously limit your culinary options -- not to mention, it makes grocery shopping a challenge. To ease your allergy pain, we've rounded up our 15 Food Allergy Savers.

Allergy Soothers For Little Ones

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 07.19.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Our kids are perfect. It's just that when they have runny noses and itchy eyes they don't always look or feel that way. To make sure they are at their best, we put together a list of allergy Soothers for you to look through. Here are some of our favourites...