How is a food allergy treated?
There is no cure for food allergies, although many children do outgrow them. Here are some precautions Ohio allergists suggest you take:
- Avoid the food: The only treatment is complete avoidance of the specific foods that trigger the allergy.
- Ask about ingredients: People with food allergies must always inquire about ingredients when eating away from home.
- Read food labels: It is important to read food labels carefully. The United States has adopted food labeling rules that ensure that the common food allergens are listed in familiar language.
- Wear a medical alert bracelet: These inform health care workers and others of food allergies. They can be purchased in most drugstores or online.
- Be prepared for emergencies: Anaphylactic reactions caused by food allergies can be potentially life threatening. Fortunately, anaphylaxis can be treated with an injection of epinephrine, which can halt the progression of systemic symptoms and stop the reaction. Those with food allergies must carry and know how to use injectable epinephrine and antihistamines to treat reactions due to accidental ingestion.