There is nothing better than enjoying every single dish at a buffet table. From the appetizers to desserts, and whether meat, vegetable, fruit, or the different sauces, people will definitely eat as much as they can. For people with food allergies, though, much consideration and caution must be practiced. Allergic reactions can occur with the slightest exposure or ingestion to allergenic foods. At times, including the worst cases of a peanut allergy, it may even be lethal.
Food allergies are sometimes easy to detect or may take some time before you can identify the cause (even through allergy testing), but there are many ways to treat them. To alleviate the pain, lessen the itch, or decrease the swelling on your face or arms, here are some things you can do to treat a food allergy.
- Use a cold compress over the affected area. When showering, use cooler water to sooth the itch, pain or burning sensation.
- Wear clothes that are light so your skin can breathe. This is also ideal because lighter materials would not rub against your skin and cause further irritation.
- While your body is combating the effects of your allergies, try to rest as much as possible and refrain from high-level activities. This would allow your body to develop resistance and fight the allergy better.
- You can also use antihistamines or lotions to relieve the itch. Depending on your activities, there are antihistamines that can cause drowsiness, and there are others that are for non-drowsy use.
- Avoid eating types of foods that contain the ingredient that you are allergic to. For dishes that you really love but where you have an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients, try to substitute another item in the recipe.
- Get used to reading the labels of grocery foods. Food manufacturers are required to indicate the ingredients in their products, and by reading the food labels well, you can consciously avoid food allergies. Even machines that are used for the processing of the food item have to be identified and it must be indicated that other items are processed in there too. Some would warn, “This product was made using machines that also process products that contain peanuts.” For someone who has an allergic (and possibly lethal) reaction to peanuts, it will serve as a warning, as even though peanuts were not used in that specific item, some residue from the machine may affect the other non-peanut containing items.
- For others with more severe reactions, they should carry a syringe with them and know that they should self-administer the medicine if they feel that the allergy is already settling in.
As with any other medical condition, if you think your condition is not improving or if the pain persists and you want other options, check with your physician for other medical assistance. While online advice in forums can be helpful, it is best that for major pain or major allergies, you seek the advice and treatment of medical professionals.