Here Are Ways You Can Support Your Friend With Food Allergies

Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise. Almost everyone knows someone who has problems with at least one food. The most common food allergies are to milk, wheat, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish. All of these allergies can have serious consequences.

Know the Aliases

The trick to protecting yourself and your friends from these foods is reading labels closely, especially for their other names. Soy has many different forms and many different names. For instance, MSG is a soy product. The ingredient casein is a milk product and appears in a lot of foods, even meats. Even ice cream can contain wheat products. And not only ingredients but how and where foods are prepared should be a concern. Cross-contamination occurs in factories as well as home kitchens.

Be a Supportive Friend

You can be an extra set of eyes for your friend. If you’re shopping with a food allergic roommate, check the labels as you go. Out at a restaurant, you could be the first to ask if the trigger food is handled in the kitchen taking some of the pressure and attention away from your allergic friend.

Know The Details

The best place to start is by finding out exactly what your friend is allergic to and how severe his reactions have been in the past. Reactions can change though so be prepared for an allergic response to be more severe than you anticipate. Sometimes reactions can be a tingling in the mouth with an outbreak of hives. Sometimes reactions happen right away and sometimes they take a few hours. The most dangerous reaction is anaphylactic shock where the response to the allergen is so severe it can be life-threatening. Find out if your friend carries an injector like an EpiPen and where she keeps it. If she is comfortable talking about it, ask her to show you how it’s used. If she is ever unable to respond herself, you could step in and use the injector, possibly saving her life.

Always Take The Allergy Seriously

Food allergies are serious. Don’t tease or taunt. Don’t tempt or share. Be willing to give up the allergic food when you are around your friend without complaining. If you have questions, speak up! Friends always have each other’s back.

Source: TeensHealth
Photo: Pexels

Peanut Free Store

Community

Latest Post by absfabs Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:29pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by absfabs Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:25pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by absfabs Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:22pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 12/03/2019 - 4:46pm
Comments: 9

More Articles

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...

Do you know what's in the face paint often used for Halloween costumes, school carnivals, and other events? If you're worried about smearing...

Vegetable oil is healthy before it is hydrogenated and a process that requires adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats. Oils that are often...

Peanut allergies don’t begin to cause problems for people the first time they are exposed to peanuts. Rather, the immune system first develops...

Anxious food allergic kids, understandably concerned about avoiding allergens, can become so restrictive in their food choices that weight loss...

The relationship between anxiety and food or other allergy is a complicated and puzzling one. Research has shown that stress can exacerbate...

Welcome to PeanutAllergy.com. Before you begin you must verify your email address. Please check your email and click on the link and you will...

If you have a food allergy, you will probably need to make some changes to your diet...

When love is in the air we can get caught up in the moment and throw caution to the wind. However, if you have a...

Just 30 seconds of mindfulness, of quieting our thoughts by being attentive to the present moment, can help manage stress and anxiety.

The...

Those affected by peanut allergy might have heard about basophil activation tests (BATs), a potentially accurate tool for diagnosing food allergy...

When your child has a food allergy, you want to make sure they are safe in school...

It’s the time of year when holiday parties, and family gatherings can make allergen avoidance more problematic. Whether you celebrate Christmas,...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, over 50 million people in the U.S. have allergies. Today's allergy tests...

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) addresses the labeling of packaged food products regulated by the FDA....

For people who suffer from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can result from an allergy to...

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

In 1963 the American Medical Association designed a special symbol that would alert emergency medical personnel of special medical conditions when...

Finding allergy-free foods for an office potluck may seem impossible, but more options are available than you might think. Eating foods prepared...