If you think you or a loved one has food allergy, please do get this confirmed by your doctor first. They’ll explain how to avoid your trigger foods and offer treatment advice.
Here are our top four tips to help you avoid food allergy symptoms:
1. Carefully read labels: Read and reread food labels. Food manufacturers list common food allergens on labels to help you avoid them. If you’re unsure about any of the ingredients on the labels, contact the food manufacturer so they can explain them to you.
2. Take care when eating in restaurants: It’s possible to consume traces of trigger foods through cross-contamination – so tell servers about allergies when making a booking or reservation. Also, always mention your allergies again when ordering food.
3. Triple check non-food product labels: Unlike food manufacturers, product manufacturers don’t have to list every single allergen on their labels. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer for a complete list. These products range from cosmetics to cleaning products, and even include pet food.
4. Manage your pollen allergies: Sometimes when you experience an allergic reaction to fruits, vegetables or nuts it’s because the body confuses them for pollen. When this cross-reactivity happens, you may have oral allergy syndrome (OAS), pollen food syndrome (PFS) – another name for the same condition. However, please do speak with your doctor,so they can investigate if your symptoms are caused by an allergy to pollen or to a specific food instead.