The holiday season is a festive time of year usually spent celebrating with family and friends. There are countless events and parties to attend, eating, shopping and decorating to be done. The list goes on and on. However for those of us that suffer from food allergies, it can be a very trying time.
Even if you do not have any food allergies, it’s probably a safe bet that you know someone who does. Here at AAPRI we know how dangerous food allergies can be. Read on for our survival guide to learn how you can ensure that you navigate safe and sound through this holiday season.
Avoid Allergy and Asthma Triggers and Keep the “Bah Humbug” Out of Your Holidays
- When it comes to food a major factor is awareness of what ingredients you (and others) are sensitive to.
- Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, etc.), shellfish, soy, and wheat are the foods that account for nearly all food allergies.
- Communicate what you are allergic to, especially at get-togethers.
- Make sure to keep your medications on you in case of an emergency.
Many times people often forget that holiday drinks can also be an issue for allergy sufferers. New and holiday inspired drinks may be spiced or flavored. Keep in mind that many drink ingredients can include:
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- Sulphites in wine
- Pine nuts in craft beer
- Milk in cream liquors
- Gluten in beers