Health Matters

Managing Food Allergies

Planning ahead can lower the risk.

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Food allergies can have serious consequences. Dr. Joel Blumberg, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has advice on how to manage them.

“Food allergies are serious and potentially life-threatening conditions affecting millions of Americans. If a person eats or touches a certain food, it can trigger reactions like hives or swollen airways.”

“Nine foods account for most food allergies, with seafood and nuts topping the list. People allergic to one food are often allergic to other related foods.”

  • Avoid the trigger foods by reading food labels and communicating with those who prepare your food.
  • Carry medical identification, a list of trigger foods and emergency contact information.
  • Know when to get help, have epinephrine available and understand your treatment instructions from your doctor.

“Planning ahead can lower the risk of allergic reactions and save time during an emergency.”

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