May is Food Allergy Action Month
A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific immune response to certain foods. Sometimes, the body’s response can be severe or life-threatening. Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern, according to the CDC. It is also estimated that between 4 and 6 percent of U.S. children are affected by some type of food allergy.
Food Allergy Action Month was created to spread awareness about what food allergies are, how to recognize them and how to help someone who is having an allergic reaction.
** An effective food allergy treatment plan includes the following **
• Strictly avoiding all problem foods.
• Developing a Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan.
• Carrying your medication wherever you go.
• Taking your medication at the first sign of a reaction.
• Getting to an emergency room for follow-up treatment if you have a severe reaction.
• Consider wearing an emergency medical identification (e.g., bracelet, other jewelry).