Celebrations with family and friends almost always center around food. While these visits are simply good times to many, for families of food allergy sufferers, an invite can mean preparing for a stressful event.
People with food allergies experience reactions when they touch or eat food they are allergic to. Allergic reactions occur within minutes and can be very serious, even life threatening. Common symptoms include itchy hives and swelling, be can progress to include difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and unfortunately, even death. People with food allergies need to avoid exposure to their allergen and there is no safe amount the can eat – even trace amounts can cause symptoms in some people.
Even though food allergies are become more common (affects 1 in every 13 children under the age of 18), many people are unaware or in disbelief of how sick they can become. Interacting with someone who is well intentioned but has a poor understanding of food allerg ...
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