Quick Tips in Preventing Food Allergies


Ann Gabriel | Vigorbuddy

I consider myself as a foodie. I love going out and dining with my family and friends. What I hate the most is having to deal with food allergies. It’s stressful and scary on my part. An unknown ingredient most of the time sets off an allergic reaction for me.

One particular restaurant, which I appreciate is SIAM Noodles in BF Homes Paranaque. When they learned that I have an allergic reaction to seafood, they immediately offered me another dish. I am so lucky enough to learn that restaurants like SIAM is sensitive to the needs of their customers.

Common symptoms for food allergies are include runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, headache, hives or rashes, red itchy eyes and maybe even stomach cramps, vomiting or diarrhea. Common allergy triggers include peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.

In my case, a food allergy can take a lot of toll on my eyes. For those who didn’t know, a microscopic amount of food can cause a serious or life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a sudden and sometimes deadly drop in blood pressure. Anaphylactic shock can potentially stop the heart or lead to complete closure of air passages, causing death by suffocation. It is wise to always bring along antihistamines to counter allergy attacks.

How do you avoid allergies from happening when dining out?

  • Tell the restaurant staff about your allergic reaction to some ingredients.
  • Ask specific questions on ingredients if staff are unaware of such allergies.
  • You can leave the restaurant, once you know that they are not too sensitive to these issues.
  • Double check your food. It is always wise to check before you eat what has been served. Never trust coated meat, as they may contain allergens.
  • Be prepared to treat once an exposure happens. Always carry allergy medications.

Be wise, be healthy!