How To Manage

Published on Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:38


Avoidance is the only way to prevent symptoms from a food allergy. Be careful to read food labels to avoid your allergen and educate yourself on the names of the ingredients that may indicate your allergen is present. There are many substitutions that you can use for the foods you need to avoid.


If you are lactose intolerant you should limit the amount of dairy consumed.  Since each person reacts differently you can try eating foods with lower amounts of lactase, such as swiss and cheddar cheeses.  After consumption, wait a few minutes to see if a reaction occurs.  Furthermore, certain foods may be digestible if consumed with other solids.  Your safest solution is to avoid all dairy products or use a lactase enzyme supplement to help with digesting dairy (if you have a dairy allergy a lactose pill will not prevent a reaction).


Wear a Medical Alert bracelet to alert others to be aware of your allergy in case there is an emergency.


Be sure to tell family, friends, co-workers, teachers etc. of your allergy if there should be an emergency.


Carry an epinephrine autoinjector as directed by your doctor. If you have a severe allergy, and in the event that anaphylaxis occurs, this is advisable. This requires a prescription from your doctor.  Your doctor may also prescribe other antihistamines.  Antihistamines may be used; however, it is not as effective.