The number of people affected by food allergies has significantly increased in the past two decades.
The following eight foods account for 90 percent of allergic reactions: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. This may be daunting if you or someone you know has food allergies, so here are a few tips for managing them.
Be Cautious When Cooking
The unintentional presence of food allergens that may result from cooking is cross-contact contamination. If everyone in the household isn’t following an allergen-free diet, you want to be sure to avoid cross-contamination. You can do this by making sure all dishes are thoroughly washed. You can also have two sets of cooking and eating utensils and even color-code them to denote what food products they can touch.
Read Food Labels
The law requires manufacturers to list all ingredients in a product. If the product contains a known food allergen, it must be listed on the label. You must be cautious when buying foods without labels, such as donuts from a bakery. So, make sure you ask questions you are unsure of the ingredients. If you read a dish description at a restaurant and it doesn’t list an allergy of yours, still inform the server of your situation.
Formulate an Emergency Plan
If you have younger kids with allergies, you can ask your doctor for a written emergency plan. You can share this plan with your child’s teachers or friends. Also make sure your child carries a name and number for an emergency contact. If you have a food allergy, it’s smart to follow these same steps, too!
Always Carry Your Medication
If you’re prescribed an EpiPen or similar allergy treatment, always carry it with you. Make sure you know how to use it and routinely check the expiration date. It is also recommended to carry two EpiPens. Some people with allergies also carry antihistamines. Don’t leave home without your medications.
Wiley’s Pharmacy genuinely cares about your health and allergies. Allergies require attention and care in the case of severe food allergies, a little planning can make a big difference. Wiley’s will do everything we can to make sure you have access to the medicines you need.