IS AVOID­ING FOOD THE ONLY WAY?

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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.

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