Thursday, January 21, 2010

Top 5 Allergy Myths

Do you have food allergies? If so, you probably know that many myths exist today, making it difficult to know exactly what you need to do, and what you need to avoid, in order to keep yourself safe. Here are Top 5 Food Allergy Myths I found online that would help you manage your condition better.

Allergy Myth 1: Food allergies are a common problem affecting many children and adults in the United States.

Truth: Much attention has been paid to the danger of food allergies today in order to raise awareness about their potential life-threatening nature. Yet the actual number of people diagnosed with this condition is actually much smaller than you might expect. In fact, fewer than 10 percent of all children, and about two percent of adults, have a true food allergy.

Allergy Myth 2: Food allergies and food intolerances are the same thing.

Truth: Many people who think they have food allergies are actually intolerant - not allergic -- to certain things they eat and drink. The symptoms can often be similar, but the way they occur isn't the same thing. Food allergies involve an immune system response to a trigger, which is why they can be so dangerous.

Allergy Myth 3: An increasingly severe reaction will occur with each repeated exposure to the foods that trigger an immune system response.

Truth: It's impossible to predict exactly what type of reaction you'll have when you're exposed to your food allergens. You may find that repeated responses are more severe than past ones, or you could find them the same or even less severe. Because you won't know in advance the type of reaction you'll get, that's why it's so essential to avoid anything that will trigger an immune system response

Allergy Myth 4: Many people with food allergies will have a reaction to a wide variety of completely unrelated food types and groups.

Truth: Most food allergy sufferers are allergic to four foods or even fewer. Some of the most common culprits include peanuts and tree nuts, shellfish, other fish, milk, soy and eggs. Just remember that these allergens are common ingredients used in many recipes, so you'll still need to avoid a wide variety of foods, even if you're allergic to just one thing.

Allergy Myth 5: If you suffer from food allergies, there's nothing you can to protect your health and minimize the risk.

Truth: Food allergies can cause a life threatening reaction, making it essential that people with this condition make a great effort to avoid their triggers and keep themselves safe. To this end, you'll need to pay attention to the ingredients in the things you eat and drink. Your doctor or allergist can work with you to develop a safety plan to avoid coming into contact with your allergens. You should also be prepared to respond quickly in case you experience a reaction. You should always carry a self-injectable form of epinephrine, which can save your life in the event that you experience anaphylaxis. You should also let people close to you know how to respond in an emergency.
These allergy facts are less true than you may have previously thought.


ruby said...

mo takilid na gamay si Perry, magsikad sika ka kita sa iya kuya nga gaagan2x, gusto na oud mo tindog.. may man ka oi kay boy ug girl na..

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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Ang lalim nang post mo ah, parang mga post ni Dhemz, hehehe, lol. Propesora ka nga pala, lol. Sa atin sa Pinas ay common sense lang ang ginagamit natin pag dating sa mga allergies at food intolerance pero mas maigi na ring isinasangguni natin sa doctor ang mga bagay na ito. Thanks for the post. God bless you all always.

Andrea-Memories As A Mom said...

Great post! I might link to this in the future because I want to get the word out about myths, too!

Thank you for the nice comment on my post about my father in law.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Seiko said...

Nice guide Mare. Thumbs-up!

Lucky me & as well as my hubby wala kaming allergies when it comes to food,but not my youngest. She has atopi or what we called skin asthma.So bawal sa kanya ang itlog.And it's really hard for us to avoid giving her such foods especially during her birthdays.Hindi maiwasan bumili ng bday cakes but we made it sure na hindi sosobra ang kakainin na bawal sa kanya & we always ask for our doctors advice bago namin sya pakainin.Sa school naman sinasabihan na namin agad sa faculties na bawal sa kanya ang egg so ilelessen na nila ang quantity ng paggamit ng egg sa pagkain ni Yuriko. :D

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