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Food Allergy Treatment

What is the treatment for allergic reactions?

For severe allergic reactions, the first line of treatment is injectable epinephrine (also called
adrenaline) such as the EpiPen® or Auvi-Qt™. These are available by prescription only and must be
carried with the allergic person at all times.

Is there a cure for food allergies?

Currently, there is no cure for food allergies. The only way to prevent a reaction is strict avoidance
of the food allergen.

What is cross-contamination?

Cross-contamination is when a food that does not itself contain any allergens comes in contact with
an allergen during food preparation, cooking, storage, or serving.

How does it happen?

1. Manufacturers process foods on shared lines and may not clean them properly.
2. Restaurants may use shared utensils, cookware, or cutting boards.
3. Allergenic foods and safe foods accidentally come in contact with each other.

How to avoid it?

  • Always have clean hands.
  • During food preparation make sure that all cooking supplies are cleaned thoroughly.
  • Always read all ingredient labels carefully.
  • Call the food manufacturer to asked questions about shared production lines, etc. If a
    product has a warning such a “processing in a facility that contains allergens” do not feed it to you
    child.
  • Create a labeling system at home.
  • Keep all foods well sealed (i.e. to avoid allergens splashing/leaking on your allergic child’s
    food.)
  • Avoid buffets. Accidents can happen due to unintentional sharing of serving utensils or
    unnoticed spills from one container to another.
  • Teach your child safety tips such as: don’t share foods, cups or utensils; wash hands
    before eating or after possible contact with food allergens.
  • Wipe down shopping carts, chairs, tables, groceries, etc.
  • Beware of lotions, toothpaste, medications, cosmetics, etc. with hidden ingredients. (i.e.
    tree nut oil can be a common ingredient in body lotions.)

 

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