Back-to-School With Food Allergies

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Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 17 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or brushing up on the facts, learning all you can about the disease is the key to staying safe and living well with food allergies.

What is Food Allergy? The job of the body’s immune system is to identify and destroy germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that make you sick. A food allergy results when the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein – an allergen – as a threat and attacks it.

Unlike other types of food disorders, such as intolerances, food allergies are “IgE mediated.” This means that your immune system produces abnormally large amounts of an antibody called immunoglobulin E — IgE for short. IgE antibodies fight the “enemy” food allergens by releasing histamine and other chemicals, which trigger the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Allergens

Although nearly any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction, there are eight foods that cause the majority of reactions. These foods are:

  • Peanut
  • Tree nuts
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Another common allergen is sesame, which affects hundreds of thousands of Americans. The information in this section offers a more in-depth look at each of these common food allergens, and provides guidance for avoiding these ingredients.

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Symptoms

An allergic reaction to food can affect the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, and, in the most serious cases, the cardiovascular system. Reactions can range from mild to severe, including the potentially life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis. In the U.S., food allergy symptoms send someone to the emergency room every three minutes.

Symptoms typically appear within minutes to several hours after eating the food to which you are allergic. Keep in mind that children may communicate their symptoms in a different manner than adults.

An allergic reaction to food can affect the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, and, in the most serious cases, the cardiovascular system. Reactions can range from mild to severe, including the potentially life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis. In the U.S., food allergy symptoms send someone to the emergency room every three minutes.

Symptoms typically appear within minutes to several hours after eating the food to which you are allergic. Keep in mind that children may communicate their symptoms in a different manner than adults.

Back-to-School With Food Allergies

10 Responses to Back-to-School With Food Allergies

  1. Cliffy N says:

    I get pretty bad acne in my chin and random pimples wherever.

  2. hiveof5 says:

    Wow. Go Trace!

  3. 1sgwalker says:

    I am so very grateful for Trace and his family. I am sorry that his daughter is afflicted with food allergies. My 8 year old daughter is allergic to all dairy, tree nuts, peanuts. I am also grateful for FAAN. I just wish there would be more education in all schools.
    Tammy Walker, Oklahoma

  4. chevyguy3573 says:

    great job trace we love you

  5. PrincessPetunia says:

    As a person with food allergies, and the parent of a child with them, I think it is absurd that the government is legislating ANYTHING regarding this. It is neither the government’s, nor the school’s responsibility to secure a special environment for a few select children. It may not be ‘fair’, but life isn’t fair, and it’s not the government’s job to try to make it such. If a school CHOOSES to bend to the needs of special needs, that’s one thing. This is silly.

  6. DetectiveDiva says:

    Well, if a child eats what they’re allergic too, they can die. Imagine being at the ER all night, wondering if you’re kid will make it. And If we can make life fair with just a little hard work, I say do it. And as living with it, I know this. And having a couple wipes in the teacher’s desk or having the kids wash their hands after eating peanut butter isn’t to much to ask. It is the school’s responsibility if it happens to mean life and death.

  7. edfo1 says:

    The school system is currently run by the government. If a bill has to be passed in order for the school systems to provide a safe environment for the students, then so be it. To have a life threatening allergy and to be subjected to an environment that allows that element around you is very serious. There is nothing ‘silly’ about this subject. And yes, life isn’t fair. Thanks, Ed

  8. golfisgreat123 says:

    milk ugh o thats gna bite her in the ass when shes older

  9. CharlotteElisabethx says:

    Nice hat.

  10. NoCensorshipYT says:

    Trace is such a great American!
    God bless him.
    It helps my two peanut allergic kids and millions of others to have Trace out there increasing awareness.

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