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May

Food Allergy Action Month – May 2023

They’re quite serious — and potentially life-threatening. That’s why Food Allergy Action Month is so vital.

Even though food allergies affect one in 13 children, the condition may begin either in childhood or as an adult. Overall they’re an issue for more than 30 million Americans. And remember, any food — not just common suspects like milk and peanuts — can trigger an allergy. Some people are allergic to more than one food.

Allergies occur when the body’s immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless food protein known as an allergen.

Spend part of Food Allergy Action Month this May helping yourself, and others, make the right food choices.

Food Allergy Action Month timeline

2019
Peanut immunity

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that parents should introduce some infants (as young as four months old) to foods containing peanuts in order to avoid food allergies later in life.

Note: Always check with your doctor.

2018
Epinephrine shortage

The short supply of this life-saving drug caused widespread anxiety for both children and parents. So-called "EpiPens" can treat the most severe allergic reactions.

2004
Stricter labeling laws

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection (FALCPA) required manufacturers to identify any of the eight major food allergens in a product. Restaurants also added allergen warnings to menus.

1997-2008
Peanut allergies jumped

Researchers found the number of children with documented peanut allergies had increased from 0.4% in 1997 to 1.4% in 2008.

How to Observe Food Allergy Action Month

  1. Read the labels

    Strict laws have made it easier for people with food allergies to identify problem foods and avoid them. Don't forget to look for label words like "may contain..." Reach out to the company if you're unsure.

  2. Talk to your kids

    Explain foods in terms of "safe" and "unsafe." Teach them to only eat foods provided by trusted adults. Make sure they have an emergency plan if needed.

  3. Learn to dine out safely

    Food allergies don't mean the end of your restaurant experiences. Contact the staff before your arrive to ask any important questions. Also, ask an allergist or nutritionist for recommendations. Once you've done your research, relax and have fun!

5 Very Common Food Allergens

  1. Peanuts

    Even very small amounts can trigger the severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.

  2. Milk

    About 2.5 percent of children under three years old are allergic to milk. Note: Milk can pop up in unexpected places. Check ingredients carefully.

  3. Eggs

    If allergic, you'll need to avoid both the white and the yolk. It's impossible to separate them completely.

  4. Soy

    The good news: Being allergic to soy does not mean you have a greater chance of being allergic to another legume. Peanuts still might be safe.

  5. Seafood

    Salmon, tuna, and halibut are the most common culprits. Finned fish and shellfish are unrelated as far as allergies go. Being allergic to one does not always mean that you need to avoid the other.

Why Food Allergy Action Month is Important

  1. No cure

    Researchers continue to look for better treatments. Right now, those affected must avoid certain foods.

  2. Food allergies are unpredictable

    Mild reactions may involve a few hives or minor abdominal pain. More severe consequences include a condition knows as "anaphylaxis" — complete with low blood pressure and loss of consciousness.

  3. Food allergy vs. food intolerance

    May is a good time to learn this crucial difference. Allergies are way more serious and involve your immune system. Intolerance is a digestive problem — annoying, yes, but not life-threatening.

Food Allergy Action Month dates

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