By Coyalita Linville
The Allergy – Nowadays, there are more types of allergies, but one of the most common is food allergy. As it is said, food allergy is a type of start up as reaction of contact, but more after eating food on which you are too sensitive.
With this sensitivity it means that you have already taken this food before. But your immune system sees substances of the food as harmful to your body, so it attacks against the protein.
As reaction of entering “sensitized” food into your organism, your body, specific type of the antibodies which are also known as IgE which are “fitting” with the proteins. This reaction of your immune system influences on triggering an allergy.
The reaction may be mild or severe with uncomfortable symptoms. There are various symptoms of the allergy, some of them are: swelling of the tongue and face, difficult breathing, rash which is also known as “hives”, runny nose, water eyes, throat swelling, nausea and in the worst situation death or also anaphylaxis.
Tips For Managing Food Allergy:
1. Make a Plan. It is recommended for you to make a list of the food which you need to avoid. Also, you may talk or ask for more advice such as help about what kind of products will be changed for your “forbidden food” with the special dieticians.
Try to find out about more recipes which you may use as an introduction to how to prepare your food. Also, lot of information you may find into the libraries but also and online.
2. Explain Your Needs. If you are ordering the food at some restaurant with the telephone, you need to explain to the person who you are ordering why the chef must not put some of ingredients in your meal. Even if you are eating out in a restaurant and you are ordering food that is not familiar to you, try always to discuss its ingredients.
3. Take Extra Supplies. Whenever you go out you should take extra supplies. It is because it could happen that you may spend more time in some places than you have planned. Taking lunch packets will save you not only from staving off hunger, but also save you from the restaurants that are selling the food which influence on starting up with allergy.
4. Keep a Food and Symptoms Diary. It would be very helpful if you could write symptoms and food diary, which will contain what food triggered symptoms of the allergy. So, it’s not only that you may write food which is “forbidden” for you, but also tolerable foods.
5. Show People That You Have Serious Problem with Allergy. No matter how uncomfortable it looks to you, you should not eat food that triggers allergies in you. It is recommended to make people aware that you are allergic, even if you are unknowingly ingested, you should meet people because you cannot eat some food.
6. Freeze Food. By making food that you should eat, you will save time, because you will freeze bigger amounts of it and bake when you want to eat.
7. Take Allergy Translation Cards. If you are going on a trip to another country in which people are talking in another language, different from yours, it is very helpful to have allergy translation cards.
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