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What You May Not Know About Food Allergies

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There are a great many misconceptions about food allergies that circulate around in conversation and gossip. It can be difficult sometimes to separate fact from rumor, especially if you are not fully familiar with allergies in general as well as with food allergies. Before you make a common food allergy misstep, get to know some of the facts you may not be aware of about food allergies so that you can be sure that if someone you know is suffering from food allergies (or you have food allergies) that you do not make any mistakes that could jeopardize health and safety.  

Food Allergies Usually Develop In Childhood, But Not Always

Many times, if a person has a food allergy, that allergy develops when the person is a child. This is the norm but not the rule. Food allergies can develop or worsen later in life. Some people who never had a noticeable negative reaction to shellfish or peanuts, for example (two of the most common food allergies), may suddenly develop rashes, stomach upset, or even potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis when they consume those foods.

So, if you or someone you know suddenly begins reacting strangely to a food, do not dismiss it as just in their head or as no big deal. It may just be an allergic reaction that requires swift and immediate treatment.

Even A Tiny Amount Of An Allergen Can Cause Big Problems

Food allergies vary quite a bit from person to person in terms of their severity and the symptoms they cause. Two people who are both allergic to avocados could have entirely different physical responses to consuming the food item. However, it is important to keep in mind that if a person states they have a food allergy, even a tiny trace amount can have serious consequences.

This means that the foods they consume should never come into contact with the food they are allergic to at all. It is not okay to ask a person with an allergy to lettuce or tomatoes to just pick it off of a sandwich if their order at a restaurant comes back wrong. Foods that they are not allergic to that contacted the allergy-causing food will still have trace amounts of that food on them and can cause a serious reaction.

If there is even a chance of cross-contamination, you should not serve the food to a person with food allergies. It is better to be safe than to have to go to the emergency room because of a a small mistake or mishandling of the food.

Now that you know a few of the facts you may not have realized about food allergies, you can be sure that you are always aware of the situation when you are around someone with a food allergy or you find that you yourself are a food allergy sufferer.

For more information, contact Alidina Laila MD or a similar medical professional.


14 July 2016