Tips To Avoid Food Allergies This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a joyous time for all of us especially as it marks the beginning of the festive season destined to cheer us up. With food playing a major role during the occasion, we often tend to forget completely about the dreaded allergens that can create havoc with our health wrecking our celebrations well and truly. There is no reason to be unduly worried though. All you have to do is to check the following tips for avoiding food allergies and be prepared for combating them, this Thanksgiving.
With most of you travelling to meet friends and families on Thanksgiving, communication is bound to be rampant and you are sure to greet one and all in a friendly manner. However, niceties apart, you also do need to share information about your food allergies with the people you are staying with for the time being. The turkey stuffing or hidden dairy products in mouthwatering desserts might well be your bane if you do not give your hosts a prior warning about what certain foods can do to your health.
Simply forgo the food item if you are unsure about what it contains. Desserts are sure to contain milk products and eggs while cakes and baked goodies do have the harmful allergen in the form of gluten lurking in it. Inquire about the ingredients if you are not too sure. Consulting a physician or allergist and drawing up a list of ‘what to eat’ and what to avoid’ is a surefire idea of getting to remain safe from food allergies while the Thanksgiving feasts are on.
Contact Support Groups
Each State or City in America is certain to have food allergy related support groups catering to the people plagued with the ‘big eight’ i.e. allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy, peanut and tree nuts. Consulting the ‘Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’ will be a great way to safeguard your health while you get ready to offer your thanks to the beautiful land that supports you by providing plentiful food.
Read Food Labels
Educate yourself with the nitty-gritty of food label reading. You are sure to find allergen free products while you scour the shelves of supermarkets and health food stores for ingredients and ready-to-eat products. Feel free to inquire at the restaurants about the components of the dish laid out in front of you and you are sure to get by with nary a trouble this Thanksgiving.
Keep a small stock of emergency medicines that can come in handy should you have an attack of allergy. Anti histamines and corticosteroids can provide you with considerable relief from skin conditions and wheezing . Anti emetics and digestive drugs may also help you to contain the vomiting and stomach cramps to a degree. However, you do have to be prepared to visit a physician should you experience serious discomfort due to food allergy. The best way to ascertain this is to keep yourself armed with a list of medical practitioners located near your residence.
It is best to keep an Epi-Pen or the means of injecting yourself with epinephrine should the need arise. Anaphylaxis or severe food allergic reaction can be life threatening and knowing how to get the required drug into your body will help you to stay in control even when you are amidst the Thanksgiving festivities.
Be ready for any eventuality and you are bound to conquer your food allergy this Thanksgiving.
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