Erin has many food allergies that are life threatening, and some that she can pick around or tolerate a little (depending on how strong her immune system is that day and the other allergens she is dealing with). They are categorized as such below.

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Food allergies

Major Food Allergies

  • Tree Nuts and oils, Nut butters, Nut flours
    (Almonds, Hazelnut, Walnuts, Cashews, Pistachios, Chestnuts, etc.)
  • Peanuts and Peanut oil, Peanut butter, Peanut flour
  • Sesame seeds and Sesame oil
    (Hummus, Halva, Tahini)
  • Fish
    (Tuna, Salmon, etc.), Fish oil (found in some Kosher Marshmallows) and Fish eggs
  • Egg Whites
    (Mousse, Meringue, Macaroons, White cakes, Egg wash on pastries & muffins, some frozen foods such as Ravioli)
  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Ancient grains: Amaranth and Spelt
  • Flax seeds
  • Lamb meat

Lesser Food Allergies

  • Raw wheat flour (as found under baked goods and pizza)
  • Melons (Canteloupe, Honey Dew Melon, Watermelon)
  • Cucumbers
  • Mangoes
  • Raw Tomatoes
  • Sunflower seeds, Sunbutter
  • Peas
  • Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans
  • Capers

Condition-dependent Food Allergies

  • Raw vegetables: Carrots
  • Raw fruits: Apples, Oranges
  • Anchovies in Worcestershire sauce and Caesar dressing
  • Some alcoholic drinks

Dietary Concerns

  • Kosher-style: No shellfish, pork, ham, bacon
  • Lactose Intolerant: Avoid dairy products such as milk, cream, soft cheeses and ice cream

Foods that are okay

  • Not allergic to Coconut
  • Whole eggs are okay when baked into a cake
  • Egg Yolks okay

Environmental Allergies

  • All animals with fur,  such as cats, dogs, etc.
  • Oak and Ash tree pollen, grasses, mold
  • Dust
  • Unknown if allergic to Bees
  • Reactions include itchy eyes, sneezing, trouble breathing (Asthma)

Related conditions and Food allergy REACTIONS

  • Eczema (itchy rash triggered by allergies, reactions to chemicals dryness and humidity)
  • Asthma (trouble breathing, usually induced by exercise, allergies or a cold)
  • Reactions can include itchy throat, hives on skin, hives or swelling around lips, swollen throat, trouble breathing (anaphylaxis)



In case of emergency, Erin carries an Epi-Pen, allergy tablets and a rescue Asthma inhaler in her purse. Please ask Erin if she needs assistance and read directions thoroughly before use (see below). Call 911 if needed.

  • Gene Pelikhov (husband): 978-239-2647 
  • Lynn Turner (mother): 617-257-9014

General information about allergies

About Epi-Pen

“The EpiPen should only be injected into the middle of your outer thigh (upper leg).”