How to Cope with Food Allergies

food-3Many people are allergic to different kinds of food. Unfortunately, many of them are not aware of their condition or don’t know how to deal with it. If your medical test shows that you are allergic to certain foods, consider the following tips to deal with it.
The best way to prevent an allergy is to avoid allergic foods totally. Unfortunately, food allergies are not the same as environmental allergies. Avoiding allergic food not only means avoiding it altogether but also refraining from consuming anything that might contain the food. Some people are even advised to avoid breathing or touching foodstuff that may cause allergy. You should also note that non-food items such as cosmetics may have components you are allergic to. As such, if you doubt that any cosmetic might contain allergens, desist using it. The following are three ways to avoid coming in contact with allergic foods.

1. Read Food Labels
In most countries, food manufacturers must write on the labels if there are allergens in their food products. The most common allergens found in foods include:
Tree nuts
Crustacean shellfish


2. Know about cross-contamination
Cross-contamination might not show up in the label. Cross-contamination occurs when your normal foods come in contact with foods you are allergic to, for example if the manufacturer uses the same machine for processing different kind of foods. Most companies put messages on product labels to alert customers about cross-contamination like “may contain shellfish”. You are advised to avoid such foods as they may trigger allergic reaction in your body.
You can also check with the company if the product has come into contact with the foods you are allergic to. You will be able to get such information from the company’s website or by emailing them.

3. Be alert when you are not at home
Cafeterias, food courts and restaurants are adopting better ways to prepare food for persons with allergies. However, there might be risks of cross-contamination. Foods you are allergic to can come in contact with your food when the same oil or utensils is used to prepare various foods. When you are away from home, enquire about the ingredients in the food you like to eat. You should also know how that food is cooked. It is advisable to carry home-made food when you are going out. When visiting a friend who is not aware of your allergic reactions, you should inform them in advance so that they are prepared. You should be careful not to share utensils or drinks with your friends or other people. In addition, you should refrain from tasting any food you come across.

Also keep the contact number of your doctor handy, so that you can seek help if you accidentally consume any allergic food.