ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Stay Safe with a Food Allergy

Updated on February 27, 2020
caseymel profile image

My son has severe peanut and tree nut allergies. I have a Brazil nut allergy. I am sharing helpful information we have learned.

Always Read Food Labels

Always Read Food Labels
Always Read Food Labels | Source

Read Food Labels

It seems like everyone knows someone who has food allergies nowadays. When I was growing up, nobody had food allergies!

Now, I have developed tree nut allergies and my son has severe peanut allergies. There are many things you can do to stay safe with a food allergy.

The Department of Health and Human Services has made it easy to find out which allergens are in each food product. Look at the nutrition facts on the label.

At the bottom of each ingredient list, you will see words in bold letters. These are the known allergens for that food product.

Food allergens are always listed at the bottom of the ingredient list in bold letters. No need to look through the whole ingredient list anymore!

The most common food allergies are: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

Woman washing hands

Woman washing hands
Woman washing hands | Source

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands often to make sure you do not have food allergens on your hands. Try to wash hands before and after you eat.

Wash with warm, soapy water for about twenty seconds. Get between the fingers and under the finger nails too.

Let Others Know You Have Food Allergies

When eating with others, let them know that you or your child have food allergies.

If people are aware, they will be able to let you know if something has an allergen in it and watch for any symptoms. At potlucks, always ask what ingredients the preparer used in their recipe.

I went to a Mom's group cookie exchange a few years ago while my kids were toddlers. My son is severely allergic to peanuts, so I had to be wary of what was in everything. Because of food allergies with the kids, we were asked to bring the recipe for our cookies that we brought in.

It was nice because we could copy the recipe down if we really like it and we could see what was in each cookie. We were able to avoid the cookies with peanuts without questioning everyone about the ingredients in their cookies.

Cook At Home More Often

It is always a gamble when you or your child with food allergies eat outside of the house. Allergens could be lurking in sauces, desserts or anything you eat.

Even prepackaged foods that you bring into the house can be risky although ingredient lists have made it easier to find food allergens in prepared food.

To cut some of your worries about allergic food reactions, make homemade meals! It is a little more work, but it is healthier, cheaper and you know exactly what is going into your food.

If a recipe calls for an ingredient you or your child are allergic to, then you can either omit the ingredient or toss the recipe in the garbage.

Either way, you know you that the allergen will not be in the food. No guesswork there!

How To Use An Epi-Pen

Carry An Epi-Pen

In case you come in contact with an allergen and have an allergic reaction, it is smart to have an Epi-Pen on hand at all times.

My allergist told me that Benadryl only works to get rid of the itching, but does not decrease swelling. Benadryl could help some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction, but a person could still suffocate from swelling, so it is always safe to carry an Epi-Pen.

Epi-Pen's normally come with a practice Epi-Pen that does not have the medicine or needle in it. Brush up on your Epi-Pen skills by bringing the practice one out every few months. Show your kids how to use it in case they need it while you are not around. It's very simple: take the lid off, firmly press the area where the needle would be against the outer thigh, hold for a few seconds, then pull needle straight out of the leg.

If you do need to use the Epi-Pen, always call 9-1-1 or go to your closest Emergency Room as soon as possible. Occasionally a second reaction occurs within a few hours of the first and they are sometimes worst than the first reaction.

Peanut Warning Sign

Peanut Warning Sign
Peanut Warning Sign | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Melanie Casey


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)