How to Test for Food Allergies at Home?

A Key Way To Prevent Triggering and Stopping an Allergic Reaction is to Completely Avoid Rogue Ingredients that Cause It!

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Food Item Allergies are more frequent than you would believe, and you may not realise you have one until you consume the food that causes your immune system to react. Some individuals are allergic to nuts, for example, and may even die as a result of their body’s reaction to consuming them.

Allergies in general are not inherited, which means that just because one of your parents was allergic to a certain food doesn’t indicate you will be. Your genetic make-up dictates what your body recognises as a foreign body that is causing you damage and what is beneficial to you. When you swallow anything that your body perceives to be hazardous, your body’s defences activate an immunological response.

Allergic responses may present themselves in a variety of ways. As previously stated, nuts have been known to cause restricted breathing and inflammation of the trachea in allergy sufferers, which if not treated promptly may end in death by suffocation. Milder responses have been observed in gluten intolerant individuals, who develop a body rash, particularly around the chest region. Although there is no known treatment for some food allergies, preventive steps may be done.

Making a Daily Note of What You Eat on a Weekly Basis Can Help Identify and Eliminate Suspect Foods!

Most families have a daily or weekly routine when it comes to doing there shopping and choosing food stuffs for their eating habits. Each individual member of the family might have a particular dish they like that is prepared from time to time. Sometimes we mix up and change the ingredients that we put in these dishes as we experiment or look for cheaper alternatives.

Keeping a record of the ingredients that you use in your regular dishes will help you eliminate any food that you are allergic too. If you have experienced symptoms resulting from ingesting a certain ingredient in a dish you can strike off that dish from the menu and replace it with another dish you know that is safe. For example if you have an allergic reaction due to being lactose intolerant (Usually manifested by stomach cramps and the runs) and you know you ate a piece of apple pie with vanilla ice cream, it is more than likely the ice cream is the culprit. The ice cream was probably made with a dairy product containing lactose, such as cows milk.

Use A Food Allergy App To Scan the Labels Before Purchasing Your Item, It May Contain an Allergy Precipitating Ingredient.

Always examine food labels to ensure that they do not contain an allergen to which you are allergic. Check the label even if you believe you know what’s in a food. Ingredients are subject to change at anytime and what you thought was once in your favourite cookie for instance could have been substituted.

Food labels must clearly state if a product contains any common food allergies. To avoid the most common food allergies, read food labels carefully and look out for milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat as possible threats. Buying your food online will also give you the time to study what your buying more diligently and let you plan ahead. When we are shopping in a food hall we can sometimes get distracted and forget to make those necessary checks.

There are also many apps available that can help you identify any problem ingredients. The Company ContentChecked for example creates a suite of mobile applications for consumers who want to avoid certain allergies and substances.

This invaluable application scans product barcodes and informs you if the item in question has the allergies you’ve pre-selected, is one of its offerings. The app’s database comprises the great majority of grocery store items and scans them for a variety of allergies, ranging from the “big eight” food allergens to less frequent allergens including celery, mustard, and sulphites. The app costs just $2.99!

Treating the Family to a Special Dinner at a Local Restaurant? Don’t Let It End In Disaster!

On too many occasions we have heard about a family dinner party turning into a tragedy because one of the guests has an allergy that the cook was unaware of. Similarly, you’re constantly risking a chance that you’ll eat something you’re allergic to at restaurants and social events. Many individuals underestimate the severity of an allergic food response and may be unaware that even a little quantity of a rogue substance may induce a severe reaction in certain people even resulting in death.

If you have even the slightest suspicion that a meal may contain anything to which you are allergic, avoid it. Always check with the waiter before you order to make sure you have covered your bases, if the waiter is unsure, ask him to ask the Chef or the Restaurant Manager. Most states require that menus include possible ingredients that may set off an allergic reaction, such as nut oil or soy.

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