Food Allergy Safety

Food Allergy Safety
Food Allergy Safety

Food allergies are becoming more of a hot topic in recent years, and approximately 30,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year after suffering from severe allergic reactions. It is even estimated that 150 to 200 people die from allergic reactions to food each year. This hot topic is dangerous, and knowing how to keep you or someone you know safe from allergic reactions to food is becoming more important.

Persons affected by food allergens should read food labels because they are required to list major allergenic ingredients. This is the best way to prevent consuming food that your body is going to react against. In the case of no food labels, it is best to skip out on the dish altogether. An example of this would be a child at school who is offered a snack by a fellow classmate or cupcakes for someone’s birthday. If your child’s school does not practice a no-nuts policy or precautions about food allergies, tell your child to not share or trade snacks with others just to be safe.

Another precaution for individuals with food allergies is wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace that states the food allergy. They are actually becoming much more stylish and serve as a physical reminder to the person wearing it and the people around them that they should consider what they are consuming.

It is also important for a food allergen affected individual to carry an auto-injector with them at all times. In the case of an allergic food reaction, the person affected and their friends or family around them should know how to use the injector properly and where it is located.

If you are a bystander to what you believe to be an allergic food reaction, look for a medical alert bracelet or necklace, an auto-injector, and seek medical help. The symptoms to look for are listed below, and a doctor should be consulted if an allergic reaction occurs.

Symptoms:

  • Hives, itching, or skin rash
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat, or other parts of the body
  • Wheezing, nasal congestion, or trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Severe, Life-threatening Symptoms:

  • Swelling of the throat and air passages that make it difficult to breathe
  • Shock, with a severe drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid, irregular pulse
  • Loss of consciousness