Life can be difficult with allergy.
Food allergies are a growing health concern. As many as 6 million children in the U.S. are affected and food allergies are more common and more danger than ever before.
Kids can be born with food allergies but most of the time it is acquired. Many food allergies in children are mild and fade over time. They can outgrow selected food allergies, but peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish allergies usually last a lifetime.
There is NO CURE for allergies.
There is NO MEDICATION available to prevent reactions.
AVOIDANCE of food is the ONLY way to prevent a reaction:
– be aware of the foods being eaten
– read ingredients label
– speak up when going out to eat
– educate yourself
Symptoms of Food Allergies can include various degrees of the following:
– Flushed skin or rash
– Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
– Swelling of the face, tongue, or lip
– Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
– Abdominal cramps
– Coughing or wheezing
– Dizziness and/or light headedness
– Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
– Difficulty breathing
– Loss of consciousness
Over 150 foods can cause allergic reactions, but 90% of all emergency situations involve just 8 specific food items:
- Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
- Shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp)
The most severe reaction to a food allergy is the anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction which including:
- A dangerous drop in blood pressure
- A constriction of the airways in the lungs
- Suffocation by swelling of the throat
TRIGGER food allergy short film:
TRIGGER is a not for profit awareness campaign. Please help protect food allergy sufferers by watching and sharing the information provided.