Happy New Year

IRosh Hashanah


If you are celebrating the Jewish New Year , Happy Rosh Hashanah to you and your family. If there’s one thing we all know about celebrating any holiday it is all about the food, the food and more food !!!! Seeing our loved ones is pretty nice too. We are certain there are many traditional foods you will be indulging in on this holiday weekend, so it is important to remember a few things before you settled down to eat.

If you are the host of the holiday please remember to prepare a meal for your relatives with food allergies such as tree nuts and gluten! Same goes if you are the visiting relative , do not forget to remind them of your allergies . Tree nuts include, but are not limited to, walnut, almond, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, and Brazil nuts. These are not to be confused or grouped together with peanut, which is a legume, or seeds, such as sunflower or sesame. Tree nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children and adults, which you can develop at anytime. We can not stress enough the importance of knowing if you or your family members have developed food allergies. There are many allergy tests available to confirm a diagnosis, such as a blood test to check for the presence of specific forms of IgE (Immunoglobulin E ) Another type of diagnostic tool is skin testing, in which a small amount of an allergen is applied to your skin to check for a reaction . Tree nuts can cause a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). We advise that people with a tree nut allergy have quick access to an epinephrine auto-injector .

Here are some important things to know about Gluten Intolerance. After eating meals with gluten you will experience possible digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation, particularly in children after eating gluten. Always read the food labels on packaging prior to purchasing to check for Gluten. The label reads (GF) for Gluten Free . Furthermore there’s always that uncomfortable heartburn which could be symptoms of GERD (Gastroesphageal reflux disease) this digestive disease occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, stomach content, flows back into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD.

We want to wish all of  our patience a Happy, HEALTHY and Sweet New Year , Indulge wisely, enjoy your quality time with your families and have fun. So if you have any doubts about the above mentioned information visit us online www.egmedicalcare.com for your Primary Care questions. Have a concern about your children’s allergies please call us at (718) 698-6700 to schedule a Pediatric Care visit. Walk-ins are always welcome! Please note Our Urgent Care office will be closed on Monday September 14, 2015 in observance of the New Year with back to regular office hours on Tuesday September 15, 2015.