To wrap up Food Allergy Awareness Week, we want to share some important food allergy facts!

-Food allergy is NOT the same as an intolerance. A food allergy causes an immune response and can be life-threatening. Food intolerances can cause other symptoms such as abdominal pain and bloating, but are not the same because they do not involve the immune system and are not life-threatening
-8 foods account for over 90% of all food allergies (milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, treenuts, fish, and shellfish).
-It’s important to read labels each and every time you eat a food product! Ingredients can change over time, or may vary depending on type of product
-To remove food allergens from surfaces, it is best to use warm, soapy water or a commercial cleaning wipe. Hand sanitizer is not enough to remove allergenic protein
-There’s no such thing as a “mild” allergy. However reactions can be mild, or severe and result in anaphylaxis. The severity of past reactions do not predict future reactions
-The only medication that should be used for a severe allergic reaction is epinephrine. It should be given quickly for maximum effectiveness. Remember to always carry 2 devices with you at all times.
-Be sure you know what symptoms to watch for and how to recognize the signs of an allergic reaction, especially in young children, who can describe their symptoms differently than adults and older kids

More information, tips, and resources can be found on FAACT’s website at www.foodallergyawareness.com