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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Food Allergies / Intolerance?

A food allergy or intolerance occurs when the body’s immune system reacts unusually to specific foods. Sometimes allergic reactions are mild, but they can be extremely serious.

What Causes Food Allergies / Intolerances?

Food allergies occur when the immune system mistakenly treats proteins found in food as a threat. When this happens chemicals are released in the body that causes various physical symptoms.

The Top 8 Allergens

Allergic reactions and intolerances arise most commonly from the following list. However, there are over 170 foods that can cause allergic reactions and food outside of the top 8 must not be discounted.

• Peanuts
• Tree Nuts
• Dairy
• Wheat
• Shellfish
• Fish
• Eggs
• Soy

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How common are food allergies?

Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies. That means 1 in 10 adults suffer from food allergies.

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Friends of CertiStar

The EpiCenter App

The EpiCenter App by AssureTech helps food allergic individuals and families manage the condition more effectively. During an allergic reaction, it locates the nearest hospital, alerts friends and family, and calls an ambulance. The App also features FDA recall news, safe-to-eat food, and other content from various contributors in the community.

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Nima Sensors

People with food intolerances or sensitivities are anxious about the health repercussions that can follow dining out. Nima is a discreet and portable sensor that currently detects gluten in liquid and solid foods in about two minutes. Sensors for the detection of peanut, milk, and tree nuts are in development.

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Kiss Freely

Kiss Freely products are free of the 8 major allergens and then some! They avoid the use of other potential allergens such as sesame, shea butter, peas, coconut, avocado and sunflower seed. They understand cross-contamination and the risk that it poses. Every care is taken to avoid such contamination.

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Lives of Riley

Lives of Riley is dedicated to creating socks that tell the stories of people who fight Eosinophilic diseases every day. These socks are symbols and stories of people who never give up. People who push past the pain and see growth and hope in their future.

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How to Use an EpiPen®

Watch a demonstration video on how to use an EpiPen® Auto-Injector properly. Click “Show more” for Indications, Important Safety Information and links to Prescribing Information and Patient Information.

To learn more about EpiPen®, please visit www.epipen.com

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How to use Auvi-Q

AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) is a prescription medicine used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in people who are at risk for or have a history of serious allergic reactions.

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