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BlueSprAwards 082313 0002 1Summer is just around the corner! If you have a child with food allergies, sending them away to summer camp can be a little scary. Camp Blue Spruce is an excellent option and a great way to provide your allergic child with a fun and worry-free, sleep-away experience.

Camp Blue Spruce is a one-week overnight summer camp designed especially for children with food allergies. This summer, the camp will run August 17-22. The camp is located on a beautiful property near Banks, Oregon, about 30 miles from Portland.

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The end of school is almost here! And parents are busy researching camps to sign up their kids for the summer. If you have a child with food allergies, sending your child away to summer camp can be a little scary. Camp Blue Spruce may be the perfect opportunity to provide your allergic child with a fun, “worry-free” sleepaway experience.

Camp Blue Spruce is a one-week overnight summer camp designed especially for children with food allergies. This summer, the camp will run August 18-23. The camp is located on a beautiful property near Banks, Oregon, about 30 miles from Portland.  

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Members of our office have enjoyed rafting trips for 28 years. This year, some of our staff and their families had the opportunity to raft the Umpqua River while other Oak Street Medical staff participated in the Dirty Dash that same day.

Rafting is a great sport for those who love both the outdoors and a great physical challenge. In 1984, we took our first raft trip on the McKenzie River. I wanted to provide a team-building activity for my staff and we all loved the experience. Since that time, some of our staff have rafted the:

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Summer is here, and for many families that means camping! If you or your child has asthma or allergies, follow these simple tips to ensure that your camping trip is a success:

  • Air out the tent before your trip, and check the tent and any tarps for mold. Use liquid bleach diluted with hot water to remove any mold.
  • At the campsite, find a grassy spot to set up your tent. If you are allergic to grass, find a cleared area, but avoid stirring up a lot of dirt.
  • If you are weed pollen allergic, beware of camping in open meadows in July and August.
  • Campfires can be significant irritants for those with asthma and allergies. Try to sit farther from the fire, move away if the wind starts blowing smoke toward you. And change your clothes after sitting near the campfire.
  • Bees, yellow jackets and other stinging insects often hover near campsites. If you are allergic to stings, always bring along an Epi Pen and antihistamine. Avoid sugary drinks and the wearing of scents and bright colors, which attract stinging insects.
  • Most importantly, bring all your asthma and allergy medications with you, even those you might not think you’ll need. For asthmatic patients, consider bringing along a back-up supply of prednisone in case of an asthma attack.

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Have you ever gone hiking up Mt. Pisgah or been camping only to break out into an itchy rash the next day? As it worsens, you may have found yourself wondering, “What could this be?” and “How did I get it?” It’s likely you came in contact with poison oak. Once you know how to identify it, you can take steps to avoid it. But in the unfortunate event you do come in contact with it, you’ll want to know how to identify the symptoms and treat it.

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