This week, May 14th – 20th, is Food Allergy Awareness Week.
Here are some well-known facts from Kidswithfoodallergies.org
**A food allergy = body’s immune system sees a certain food as harmful and reacts against it. Symptoms can be life-threatening.
**Food allergies among children increased ~50% between 1997 and 2011 and now affect 6 million or 1 in 13 US children.
**Antihistamines will not reverse anaphylaxis. The first line of treatment for severe allergic reaction is epinephrine.
**There is no cure for food allergies yet. Some studies have shown promising results. http://ctt.ec/CbQE0+
**Food allergies are on the rise, but no one knows why.
**Read food labels every time you buy a product, even if you’ve used that product before.
**Hand sanitizers do not remove food proteins. Use soap and water or wipes instead.