About anaphylactic reaction from food allergies
Many people have some level of intolerance to specific types of foods such as gluten, dairy or peanuts. A small percentage of individuals with food allergies will suffer from an anaphylactic reaction after consuming foods they are allergic to. Of course, avoiding foods that contain ingredients that you are allergic to is the most obvious solution to preventing a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. However, this is easier said than done since many ingredients are “hidden” in food items and are listed using unfamiliar names in ingredient labels.
Your first line of defense in preventing anaphylactic shock is to learn how to carefully read products labels and to know what types of foods to avoid when ordering from the menu in restaurants. For instance, individuals with wheat allergies should know that gluten, a protein found in wheat, is found in ingredients such as durum, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, frumento, and gelatinized starch. Those with dairy allergies should know that ingredients such as whey and casein are dairy derivatives.
While making an informed decision about your food choices will reduce your risk of eating foods that you are allergic to, it is important to be provide yourself with further protection just in case you do accidentally consume ingredients that may cause an anaphylactic reaction. For this purpose, you will need to get a prescription for an EpiPen—a syringe of epinephrine. You should then learn how to give yourself a shot of epinephrine in the event that you are suffering from an allergic reaction. It is important to seek medical attention after you have given yourself the shot to ensure proper treatment.
Taking preventative measures by becoming more aware of what foods to avoid, how to shop for food by reading ingredient labels, and choosing safe foods when dining out is very important. Preparing a treatment plan in the event that you do accidentally consume foods you are allergic to will ensure your safety.
If you have questions about food allergies, contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.