While you may not be directly affected, for someone with food allergies, even a trace of their allergen could be deadly. On this site you’ll learn what to look for and how you can help prevent food allergic reactions for others.
Even the slightest traces of these common foods can cause a serious reaction. Eight food allergens account for the vast majority of allergic reactions. Knowing the basics can help prevent allergic reactions.
In addition to the above list, people are allergic to many other foods including sesame, corn, meat, and spices. Learn more about the 8 foods that cause the majority of reactions and others on FARE’s website.
To help someone who may be having an allergic reaction, it’s critical to first know the signs. Allergic reactions can seem mild at first, but may become very severe, very quickly.
In some cases, a reaction may need to be treated with a medicine called epinephrine, most safely given by auto-injector. This is the only medicine that can reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis—a potentially deadly allergic reaction.
Shortness of breath, wheezing, repetitive cough
Tight or hoarse throat, trouble breathing or swallowing
Significant swelling of the tongue or lips
Repetitive vomiting, severe diarrhea
Although there’s no cure for food allergies, we can all help prevent allergic reactions before they happen. Here are some easy things you can do to help:
If someone is under your care, find out if he or she has food allergies. If you’re hosting a dinner party or play date, or baking for colleagues at work, check with others first to learn about any food allergies.
If you learn someone has a food allergy, thoroughly clean counters, utensils, and all food-prep equipment to ensure traces of food allergens are not transferred. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water to remove traces of food.
Encourage family members and friends to thoroughly wash their hands before and after eating to help prevent the transfer of food allergens.