Tips On How to Manage Food Allergies

It goes without saying that the best way to manage your food allergy is to avoid the food that causes the reaction in the first place. Once you have identified the food that triggers a reaction you will need some tips on how to manage food allergies on a day to day basis.

It is often difficult to tell which specific food is causing your symptoms, however if you suspect a particular food is responsible for your symptoms follow these tips:

Tips On How To Manage Food Allergies

  • record everything you eat in a food diary.

Once you are able to identify the food allergen, you need to stay away from it completely.

  • avoid food and products which may contain “traces” of the food allergen. For example, if you are allergic to milk, you may also need to avoid yogurt, cheese and ice cream and even salad dressing. It may contain milk proteins in the ingredients so check the label carefully.
  • Be aware of possible cross contamination in the manufacturing process of some foods. Always read the labels to check for main ingredients, inactive ingredients and additives. For example, if you are allergic to nuts, look for labels like “may contain nuts” or “produced in a facility that also processes nuts”.
  • when dining out, take precautionary measures to ensure that you won’t ingest anything that will cause an allergic reaction. Inform the waiter or restaurant manager about your food allergy ahead of time so they can prevent cross contamination when preparing your dish.
  • always be prepared for possible exposure to your allergen when you are in public. Wear a medical bracelet stating your medical condition so you will receive prompt and proper treatment. Always carry an EpiPen (a pen that contains epinephrine) with you just in case you go on an anaphylactic shock and keep an emergency food allergy kit at home, school or in the office so others can help you right away.
  • Inform your family, co-workers or fellow students about your condition. Advise them of any precautions they can take when eating any food that you are allergic to around you.

When you consider the facts that:  More than 3 million children have been diagnosed with have a food allergy and there are approximately 200 food-allergy-related deaths reported each year, it highlights the need to be diligent and follow our tips on how to manage food allergies.

After all, living with food allergies provides challenges you will face every day.  For information to help you maintain a quality of life despite your food allergy read our article “Quality Of Life With Allergies.”

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