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Suggestion on how to help your server in a restaurant be sure you don't get something you shouldn't have

I have posted this before, but perhaps time to do so again.

You can download these cards which you customize with your allergies or food intolerances. Laminate them and give one to your server when you go out to eat and ask them to show the chef. If you have foods that would require you to use your epipen if eaten - be… read more

posted January 6, 2018
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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member

It has made it so much easier to feel safe when ordering food at a restaurant!

posted January 28, 2019
How To Make A Decent Food Diary
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member asked a question 💭

In another question thread, several people have mentioned that at points they have made Food Diaries to help them figure out allergies and symptoms. I would like everyone to share here their strategies in making a good Food Diary so we can help the newly diagnosed or those who have recently developed a new food allergy to join their regular food allergies.

I have another health problem (Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis) that is also affected by food, so I just used the same kind of Food Diary… read more

posted January 9, 2018
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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member

I am still very new at the food diary idea. I literally just have a table that I drew up on ms word and I type in my foods and the time I ate. I am now starting to add a key, which would indicate… read more

posted May 30, 2021 (edited)
Local Honey Does Not Cure Hay Fever.
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member asked a question 💭

just thought I would start a myth busting post.

honey does not cure hay fever. so buy local honey because you like the taste but don't give it any magical cures okay?

Bees collect pollen from flowers which have larger heavier grain pollens than the ones that cause hay fever.
hay fever is caused by much smaller finer grains of pollen.
a bee may pick up some by accident, but not enough to induce any form of tolerance therapy.

it also does not increase in small amounts the pollen exposure for… read more

posted August 6, 2018
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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member

wow i feel sorry for you Miriam.Hope it won’t happen to me.

posted October 18, 2018
Warning Signs That Food Ingredients Have Changed
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member asked a question 💭

It can be difficult to always remember to check the ingredients on everything you interact with 100% of the time. What do you look for on the product that might indicate changes to the product even before you get to the ingredient list?

I personally look to see if the packaging of the product has any changes. If the packaging has a change, the ingredients have usually been changed.

Another thing I do is smell products to see if there is an obvious change to the smell. I have inhalant… read more

posted May 3, 2018
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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member

A long time ago, I used to eat Boca Burgers, orginal recipe, because they did not contain gluten. One day I noticed that the package design had changed. Something in my mind told me to check the… read more

posted April 13, 2021
Just Wondering If I Am The Only Person Who Has A Reaction To Sea Salt.
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member asked a question 💭

Grocery items I used to buy have sea salt included now. Some restaurants use sea salt now.

posted July 29, 2016
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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member

I react to all sodium, still trying to figure it out.

posted August 18
Does Anyone Have A Reaction To The Food That Causes A Reaction Hours After Ingesting The Particular Food?
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member asked a question 💭

I have a severe tree nut allergy, and I tried the challenge approach in the allergist's office. After 5 hours I ingested one whole almond, but because I did not show any symptoms in the office he told me I could eat almonds (ha, ha). I didn't have a reaction until 2 hours later. My tongue began swelling. Needless to say, I stay away from all tree nuts!

posted July 10, 2019
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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member

My face, lips, or throat swell.

posted August 12, 2019
Anyone Watched Rotten Episode 2 On Netflicks On Allergies?
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What is your view on it? I wasn't too impressed as it seemed to only highlight peanut, and as milk is most common allergy didn't understand why it wasn't mentioned .
also the myth that reactions get worse over time with each reaction was a shame.

I liked the segment on the indian restaurant owner who got 6 yrs in jail for a peanut allergy death.

If you haven't seen it have a watch and let me know what you think.

posted January 10, 2018
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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member

not been watching it im afraid will try and look it up

posted January 28, 2018
How Do You Explain To Restaurants That You Have Food Allergies And How Do You Know They Listen Yo You?
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member asked a question 💭

How do you explain to restaurants that you have food allergies and how do you know they listen yo you? I have a selected few restaurants I go to, and when I have to go to a new one I feel like my life is in danger...which it technically is (hehe) seeing as my anaphalaxis has reached a point where I have an epipen with me at all times, and even then I do not have long to get to a doctor...just wondering how everyone else copes with restaurants and take away places...

posted December 29, 2017
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I have come across a Facebook page called "Dining Out With Food Allergies" where people with food allergies ask about people's experiences with specific restaurants and food allergies (either a chain… read more

posted December 10, 2022
I Have Celiac Disease. I’m Not Sure It Is Classified As An “allergy” Or Not.
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posted January 18, 2018
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Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition, it's different to an allergy but you can be allergic to wheat! Only bloods and biopsies will tell you if you are coeliac, I have trodden that path and know… read more

posted May 9
Finding A Job With Allergies?
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member asked a question 💭

[Hello! This has been a wonderful place to lurk in the past couple of days. So glad to have found this site!!]

I have loads of food allergies, and many of them I will have reactions to just being in the same room with them. So on top of the added stress to being out in public or eating out, is the stress of finding a job. Both my mother and sister have held a few local jobs here, and all of them have had break rooms where people brought in major allergens. One of them was a Kmart, where… read more

posted October 2, 2017
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A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member

socialising is a big issue for me because of my multiple allergies, I gave up work a long time ago but trying to find something suitable to do at home, the only people that understand what you're… read more

posted March 1, 2018
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