If you have food allergies, it’s crucial that you avoid cross-contamination. Whether you’re allergic to peanuts, wheat, or another product, these tips will help you stay healthy and avoid trips to the hospital.
Cross-contamination is especially dangerous if you have severe food allergies.
Follow these techniques to avoid eating anything that may be contaminated with the food you’re allergic to:
1. Make your kitchen free from allergens. Depending on your food allergens, your family may or may not be able to eat the same things. It’s common for families to have different sensitivities to the same substances.
2. Be careful with restaurants and fast food. Cross-contamination is a big issue in the food industry. A restaurant may claim they can make an allergen-free dish. However, it may still be contaminated by other items in the kitchen. Even if they have a separate space or utensils for these purposes, you run the risk of cross-contamination in your meals.
3. Read labels carefully. Even if you’ve bought the item before, it’s important to check the label each time. Brands and manufacturers frequently update their ingredient lists and change recipes.
4. Ask questions. If there’s any doubt about what might be in your food, it’s important to speak up and find out if any of your allergen could be present.
While foods allergies can have result in serious consequences if precautions aren't taken, so can seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies can also be triggered by foods as well as climate factors. However, the timing and severity of an allergy season varies across the country.
Your doctor may also recommend one or more medications to control symptoms. Some of the most widely recommended drugs are available over the counter but it's no secret that those medicines offer the possibility of side-effects.
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