Allergic reactions can happen anywhere, not just in the school cafeteria. To be better prepared to help someone during an allergic reaction, make yourself aware of the following:
Symptoms of a food allergy response may include watery eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, itching, hives and shock to name a few.
Encourage those with allergies to make others aware by carrying a card that identifies their allergy and who to contact if there is an allergic reaction.
Know if those you work with carry an epinephrine pen to treat severe allergic responses.
If your loved one or co-worker carries an epinephrine pen, take the necessary training to know how and when to use it.
Food borne allergens can carry in the air. When taking food to a community event, avoid the eight most allergenic foods: milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.
More information about these resources can be found on the Food and Nutrition Service's website at: USDA.GOV ; the Institute of Child Nutrition at www.theicn.org or by calling their Help Desk at 800-321-3054.
Call us at (512) 804 0000 Austin Clinic, (512) 804 0999 Round Rock Clinc, or fill up the form for the food allergies testing and treatment, at Allergies and Asthma Clinic - Austin, TX and Round Rock, TX.