The 19 Best Allergy Blogs of 2013
19 Best Allergy Blogs of 2013
You experience allergies when your immune system reacts to a substance that’s foreign to your body. Pollen, pet dander, and bee venom are some common causes of allergic reactions.
Since so many people suffer from allergies—particularly during late winter or spring—it helps to hear what others have to say about their experience with managing allergies.
Click through the slideshow to see the 19 Best Allergy Health Blogs of 2013.
The Nut-Free Mom
As the mom of a daughter who lives with life-threatening nut allergies, Jenny Kales started a blog called The Nut-Free Mom to spread the word to other parents. Kales’s award-winning blog is now the leading parenting site in North America for families living with peanut and tree nut allergies.
The Nut-Free Mom adds a touch of humor to a serious subject with helpful tips and nut-free recipes. It’s clear why this blogger has become so popular with parents.
No Gluten, No Problem
No Gluten, No Problem dubs itself as “one-stop shopping for gluten-free recipes, product and restaurant reviews, commentary, and much more.” No Gluten, No Problem is the online creation of gluten experts Peter and Kelli Bronski—who are also authors of three books on gluten-free cooking, nutrition, and training.
Whether you’re looking for ideas for gluten-free foods or profiles of athletes who have shifted to a gluten-free diet, you’ll find all the evidence you need to realize that no gluten is no problem.
Gluten Hates Me
April Marlow Ravelli—known in the blog world as Marlow—is the creator of the tongue-in-cheek blog Gluten Hates Me. She describes her life as “a Southern girl living with celiac disease and without fried chicken.” After being diagnosed with celiac disease in June 2008, she ate a final baguette and went gluten-free cold-turkey, never looking back.
She initially started blogging to cope with the stress of her new lifestyle, but quickly became hooked on providing advice and assistance to her loyal readers.
Itchy Little World
Jennifer is the mom of Tristan, a child who has eczema, allergies, and asthma. She started the Itchy Little World blog to share her family’s stories of using an integrative approach to battling the conditions.
Itchy Little World features news and stories from guest bloggers and professionals alongside Jennifer’s posts. This blog will help you in your own journey towards itch-free, sneeze-free, wheeze-free days.
Elizabeth Goldenberg, a Canadian lawyer and mother, started OneSpot Allergy as a way to educate those with all types of allergies about legal and safety concerns.
OneSpot Allergy contains a list of links to others’ allergy-specific blogs—from gluten and milk to nuts. Goldenberg also posts warnings about popular products that contain allergens, and makes recommendations for allergy-friendly products.
If you think going gluten-free means giving up good taste, visit Lexie's Kitchen. Lexie’s Kitchen has been serving up inspiration and healthy habits to help readers heal from the inside out since 2007.
This beautifully designed blog specializes in sharing ideas and recipes for “tasty eats and treats” free of gluten, eggs, dairy, and other ingredients that commonly cause food allergies.
Anu Rao is the Allergy Foodie. When he was just four months old, Rao’s son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies.
With a background in food and nutrition, Rao stays on top of issues like ingredient listings, new recipes, and substitute foods. Her goal is to help friends, family, and others dealing with food allergies to “thrive without” the top eight food allergens.
Cookbook author Cybele Pascal is also known as “the allergy-friendly cook.” As the mother of a food-allergic family, Pascal has focused her career on “working to make the world a safer and more delicious place for eaters everywhere, one recipe at a time.”
Pascal’s site focuses on helping readers live “free-to-eat” without the top eight allergens. Here you’ll find new recipes, tips on allergen-free products, and tidbits from her life.
Learning to Eat Allergy-Free
Colette Martin, the “allergen-free baker,” shares information and solutions for busy families with multiple food allergies on her blog Learning to Eat Allergy-Free.
Martin is a food allergy mom and expert on baking allergen-free. She acquired her skill set after her son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, causing her to reinvent how her family ate meals. The result is a wonderful site that parents will turn to time and time again.
Achoo Allergy Blog
Wondering how to allergy-proof your bedding? Deciding which vacuum is the best to save your family from sneezing? Check out the Achoo Allergy Blog.
This reliable site bills itself as the nation’s fastest-growing allergy, asthma, and sinus relief products store. However, customer education is also important to the site’s mission. You’ll find plenty of news, tips, and topics related to allergy and asthma relief on Achoo Allergy Blog.
The FARE Blog
The FARE Blog launched in 2013 after the merger of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy Initiative.
As part of FARE’s online offerings, the FARE Blog provides a wealth of resources and tools for living with food allergies and managing allergic reactions.
The blog delivers the latest in food allergy news, including updates on legislation, reports on the latest research, recipes, and personal stories from adults and kids with food allergies.
Jeanette's Healthy Living Blog
When you step into Jeanette’s online kitchen, you’ll find healthy dishes packed with flavor and goodness—even for those with multiple food allergies.
This former corporate exec-turned-stay-at-home mom started Jeanette's Healthy Living Blog after making countless meals for family and friends with special dietary needs due to illness.
The blog features a recipe index (with only whole ingredients and minimal sugar and fat), a special section on kids’ cooking, and guidelines on how to create a healthy pantry.
About.com's Allergies Blog
Daniel More, MD, is the board-certified allergist and clinical immunologist behind About.com's Allergies Blog. Dr. More’s refreshingly clear tips, instructions, and comprehensive information will give you quick relief.
The blog provides detailed information on allergy symptoms and diagnosis, as well as guidance on types of treatment and coping strategies for those with allergic conditions.
ABC's Allergy Blog
Television network ABC produces an on-call condition center on allergies called ABC's Allergy Blog. Visitors can view tree, grass, and weed pollen concentration in their area on a national map—very handy for allergic travelers.
You’ll also find posts on all types of allergies, from seasonal and skin, to food and drugs. If that’s not enough, there’s a news section specific to allergies, videos, and even interactive quizzes and games with allergy themes.
Kids With Food Allergies Blog
Kids With Food Allergies Blog is a product of the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA). The organization’s goal is to spread awareness and to provide families who have allergic kids with essential information.
The blog offers a wealth of tips and tricks for parents: from free webinars to live chat events, and recipes. You’ll find everything you need to cope with your child’s special requirements.
Food Allergy Mama
Kelly Rudnicki, a prolific cookbook writer, is the woman behind the blog Food Allergy Mama. Visitors to this blog will find a plethora of delightful recipes that are also allergy-friendly.
Rudnicki’s passion for eating right with food allergies comes from a personal place. She’s the mom of five young children—one of whom suffers from severe food allergies. Rudnicki’s insights have brought her national recognition as a spokesperson and author, and they’ll have you coming back for seconds.
The Allergy Eats
The Allergy Eats is the ultimate allergy-friendly restaurant blog. Here you’ll find an invaluably comprehensive and user-friendly guide to allergy-friendly restaurants across the nation. The directory of U.S. restaurants is peer-reviewed—rated by people with food allergies, for people with food allergies.
The database for The Allergy Eats claims to include every restaurant in the country, from large chains to small diners, and gourmet grub to greasy-spoon fare. They’ve even laid the groundwork by providing menus that include gluten-free and allergy-specific foods when available.
Food Allergy Buzz
Want to share ways to enjoy the allergen-free good things in life? You’ve come to the right place at Food Allergy Buzz. “Jennifer B” started this site on a quest to spread the word about notable news related to allergy-free living.
More than a great resource for increasing food allergy awareness, the site has an element of advocacy as well. It provides notifications about local food allergy awareness activities and offers resources for sending kids with food allergies back to school.
Food Allergy Queen
The Food Allergy Queen is a lifelong cook, former caterer, and marketing executive. She also happens to be allergic to wheat, dairy, soy, rice, soy, gluten, chicken, and several other foods.
On her blog, the Food Allergy Queen shares her adventures—challenges and successes—managing multiple food allergies. You’ll find enticing food photos and recipes with food-allergic diners in mind that will inspire you to eat well no matter how many allergies you have!
The Best Allergy Blogs of 2013
There’s a lot to know about allergies. Fortunately, there are a lot of bloggers who can tell you about them.
Don’t suffer alone with your allergies. Collaborate with others who have been there and can help. Whether you need recipes, restaurant recommendations, or just a knowledgeable resource, you’ll find it in this year’s top allergy blogs.