Latitude Blog

Discover our food allergy community, get to know the diverse families who have sought care at Latitude, and learn from our dedicated team members.

Patient Voices
January 18, 2023

Shining a Light on Sesame Allergy — Lilly’s Story

Lilly is grateful for the protection and freedom that she gained from treatment for her sesame allergy. She is hopeful that a new level of awareness of sesame allergies, and her own story, shared here by her mother, will make life safer for so many others.

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Patient Voices
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December 27, 2022

Eat more freely and live life with latitude in 2023

Make a New Year’s resolution to proactively address food allergies with testing and treatment that’s customized to meet your unique needs.

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Patient Voices
Mother and son baking holiday cookies
December 7, 2022

Celebrating the Holidays as a Food Allergy Family

We’re here to help make the holidays less stressful.

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Patient Voices
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October 25, 2022

How to Have a Fear-Free Halloween with Food Allergies

What are you most looking forward to this Halloween — fun costumes, time with friends, or seeing your child get excited about going door-to-door in your neighborhood? For food allergy families there is an extra layer to any holiday — keeping your child safe. 

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Patient Voices
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June 24, 2022

Marco and Nicole’s Story — A Shared Journey

Marco was first diagnosed with food allergies at the age of one. By the time he was a senior in high school and first came to Latitude in 2019, he had already outgrown 4 of his 16 allergies. That year Marco and his family had received encouraging news after blood work with their longtime allergist  — but he needed to go through 12 oral food challenges (OFCs) to determine if all of his allergens had been outgrown.

Attempting to complete all of the OFCs — often 4 hour or more appointments, sometimes requiring spacing more than a week a part —  in a short period of time seemed virtually impossible. The wait time to get into his existing doctor was very long and those types of appointments were very limited. 

Serendipitously, around the same time, Marco’s mom, Nicole, met Latitude co-founder and fellow food allergy parent, Julie Bitler, at an allergy conference. Nicole was excited about the opportunity that Latitude provided for Marco to get answers quickly and the possibility for OIT in the future. Their story has brought both mother and son on a 20 year journey.

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Patient Voices
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May 31, 2022

Asian American Pacific Islander Food Allergy Experiences

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month, during which many of us have been sharing facts and our personal experiences living with food allergies. The month of May also happens to be Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate our AAPI culture and stories. 

Sharon Wong of Nut Free Wok, shares her experiences as a Chinese-American food allergy advocate and food blogger, and includes some of her fellow AAPI food allergy mom bloggers to share their experiences as AAPI food allergy moms. Read on to see what her friends Jenny Lee from Clean Eating Gluten Free Foodie and Rochie DeSagun from The Frugalista Mom have to say.

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Patient Voices
September 23, 2021

Klara’s Food Allergy Journey

Suzanne’s daughter Klara was born with eczema and started to show hives and rashes after eating her first foods. Initially, Suzanne didn’t know where to go for care. Here is her story and experience at Latitude.

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Spotlight on Care
January 21, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine and Food Allergies

With the FDA approval for emergency use of the first vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID), there is ongoing dialogue in the food allergy community about use in allergic individuals. The FDA has determined that individuals with food allergies can safely be given the vaccine.

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Spotlight on Care
food allergy blood test
December 15, 2020

Food Allergy Blood Tests Without Tears

Pediatric phlebotomist, Jen Perez, is a specialist in blood draws for babies and young children. She shares her tips for an easy and smooth experience for parents and children when blood testing is needed. Jen also shares her career path and commitment to the food allergy patients and families at Latitude Food Allergy Care.

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Patient Voices
November 30, 2020

Collin’s Food Allergy Journey

Melissa’s son Collin was diagnosed with multiple food allergies as an infant. Collin, age 6, reached maintenance dosing with oral immunotherapy to peanut, cashew, and walnut in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Melissa shares their food allergy journey from diagnosis to treatment, and what success looks like to their family. 

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Spotlight on Care
Dr. Kari Nadeau's book
October 8, 2020

Dr. Kari Nadeau’s new book is a must read for anyone with known or suspected food allergies

The End of Food Allergy is a must read for anyone with known or suspected food allergies. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, Latitude co-founder and head of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, and food allergy parent Sloan Barnett, offer readers an approachable guide to the science behind food allergies and the life changing treatment options that are now available.

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