By: Bailey Harris
If you or anyone close to you suffers from food allergies, you know they can be life threatening and very scary to deal with. That being said, managing food allergies often requires a lot of dedication and awareness. Fortunately there are some things you can do to make managing food allergies easier. If you are affected by food allergies, the following tips can help better manage them.
1. Label Everything at Home
A very good tip for managing food allergies is to label all food items in your home that could pose a threat to the allergic individual. By clearly marking foods that may be unsafe, both you and your family will know to use extreme caution when handling them. It will also tell the affected person to steer clear of any foods that could trigger an allergic reaction. You can keep unsafe foods in a completely different area too, as this will avoid any cross-contamination or accidental contact.
2. Wash, Wash, Wash
Another way to manage food allergies is to always wash your hands and anything that has come in contact with unsafe foods. This is because even the tiniest amount of allergens can trigger a horrible allergic reaction in certain individuals. If you or someone in your home has eaten a food that someone else is allergic to, take the time to scrub your hands and any surfaces that could potentially harbor that food. Keeping everyone alert and dedicated to the situation will definitely reduce the chances of a reaction.
3. Be Cautious While Preparing Food
Cross-contamination is one of the biggest problems for allergic people. This is why you must use extreme caution while preparing food in your home. Make sure no unsafe food comes in contact with other food. Avoid reusing utensils, plates, cutting boards, or anything else that has come in contact with any unsafe foods. Wash everything in warm, soapy water before continuing to prepare food for anyone with allergies.
4. Keep a Designated Seat at the Table
If you or someone in your family has food allergies, perhaps you should think about keeping a designated seat at the table for you or the other person. Do not allow anyone else to sit there. This will greatly reduce the risk of accidental contact and/or cross-contamination from other people’s foods.
5. Be Prepared
You should always be prepared in case an allergic reaction takes place. Keep antihistamines and injectable epinephrine pens in every room of your home so they are always readily available. Make sure you carry the medications with you at all times as well. Keep them in your car and in your purse or pocket so you are always prepared should an emergency occur.
6. Use Caution at Restaurants
If you and your family are dining out at a restaurant, always use extreme caution. Upon arrival, ask to speak with the manager regarding the practices of the restaurant. Find out how they prepare their food to avoid cross-contamination and stress how dangerous you or your family member’s allergies can be. Make sure they can assure you that extreme caution will be used to prepare your food and if not, you should find a new restaurant immediately.
7. Raise Awareness
One of the best ways to manage food allergies is to raise awareness and keep everyone around you informed of the situation. Be sure to inform any new people in your life of the severity of you or your family member’s allergic reactions. If people are made aware, there will be much less risk of emergencies.
All of these tips can help keep food allergies at bay. Be sure to always follow them and food allergies should be much more manageable for you or someone you know.
About the Author:
Guest post from Bailey Harris.