Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Peanuts allergies aren't the only allergies

Food allergies. It seems they are popping up everywhere. The common, or top 8, allergies include: soy, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, egg, fish, and shellfish {Source}. Most of the news stories seem to be about peanuts and accidental ingestion causing issues {Source}.

However, peanuts are not the only allergen that seems to affect people.

The Oliveira family knows about other allergies than peanuts full well. Their daughter is allergic to dairy and eggs and the school keeps her safe by not allowing dairy and eggs around her {Source}. Keeping a food allergic child safe at school is #1.

Not to ruffle any feathers but peanuts are not the only allergen. Yes, people are affected by it (as am I) but others deal with dairy, soy, and more allergies. The media covers peanuts and nut allergies like they are the only allergy. However, it's a misconception.

Unfortunately, food allergies are on the rise and aren't going anywhere any time soon. So, instead of just catering to peanuts and tree nuts, know that other allergies exist and be open to protecting each food allergic individual. 

It's not asking too much to be knowledgeable of other allergies. Just be aware. Peanuts and tree nuts are not the only allergies out there {Source}. Other allergies exist like other medical conditions. 

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