IS AVOIDING FOOD THE ONLY WAY?
You love lattes, but sometimes they give you tummy troubles. Other times eating in-season fruit makes your lips itch. Here’s what you need to do to stay symptom-free.
THE ONLY way to “treat” a food allergy is to avoid the offending food. But cross-contamination or unknowing consumption can make this hard. Each year, 200,000 people in the U.S. need emergency medical care for allergic reactions, according to Food Allergy Research & Education. As a result, most medical experts suggest that people with allergies carry epinephrine pens.
For intolerances, you may have more leeway when it comes to avoiding woes. If you’re lactose intolerant, you may be able to handle small amounts of milk or eat other dairy that contains less lactose, like hard cheeses and yogurt. A lactase tablet may also help.
If your mouth itches or your throat is scratchy after eating certain raw produce like apples, peaches, and zucchini,
you may have what’s called oral allergy syndrome, a condition where your body has an allergic reaction to the pollens in foods. It can pop up in adulthood and typically occurs along with seasonal allergies. Your allergist may recommend taking an antihistamine, according to Mina Nguyen, MD, chief of the allergy departments for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California.