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How To Cope With Food Allergies

Watch more Allergies videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Cope with food allergies with these hints, relieve discomfort, and maybe even save your life. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Read food labels Read food labels to avoid allergy-inducing foods. Companies are not required by law to report every ingredient, so do all you can to find out everything you can. Tip Food with hydrolyzed protein can contain dairy products. Step 2: Wear medical bracelet Wear a medical bracelet. If you are unable to speak in the time it takes for your allergic reaction to begin shutting your system down, companions and strangers can find help and provide information. Tip No drug can cure a food allergy, but you can save yourself when an attack starts by using an EpiPen -- emergency epinephrine delivery device. But be sure to get to the hospital within 20 minutes after use. Step 3: Check for sulfites Research sulfites and be sure to ask restaurants whether menu items include sulfites, peanut products, or other allergens. Step 4: Notify primary people Notify primary people in your life or your children's lives so they know what to do in case of life-threatening contact. Write and distribute an action plan to schools and friends. Step 5: Follow diet Follow your special diet. Be consistent and don't waver, regardless of how long it's been since you suffered an attack. Step 6: Use allergy-free cookbook Buy and use an allergy-free cookbook. Find alternative foods that can become a staple of your diet. Balance your foods nutritionally while you're eliminating allergens. Step 7: Wash dishes and utensils Wash dishes, utensils, pots, and pans thoroughly to ensure you don't accidentally ingest something. Educate yourself on cross contamination. Did You Know? The National Institutes of Health reported in 2007 that over 30,000 anaphylactic attacks occur annually, resulting in 100 to 200 deaths in the U.S.
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