You just learned that you have food allergies and you may feel overwhelmed but you have come to the right place to learn about how to stay safe and have fun while doing it!
Teach facts, not fear. Show your gratitude for others who take the time to learn about keeping you safe.
1. We have provided links with customizable documents that you can print or email so that you can inform caretakers and friends about how best to keep you safe. Find the FARE template here in Spanish or English.
2. Know how to inject epineephrine. Practice with a sample epinephrine injector or use expired epinephrine injectors using an orange. Teach others in your village.
3. Pack your ephinephrine and benadryl (as directed by your doctor) and make sure to never leave home without it. Leave your emergency kit by the front door.
Prepare for your visit...
1. Check out online reviews to see if the restaurant is accommodating in nature.
2. Look for fast food restaurant ingredient information which is often listed online.
3. Call restaurants before you go and ask yes and no questions to see if they are willing to help you stay safe. Get a contact name.
3. Remind your contact when you arrive at the restaurant and see if you can order directly with them.
4. Plan your visit to the restaurant before or after their busy times in order to have the proper attention in the kitchen for your order.
5. Have a "Plan B" restaurant to go to in case the restaurant can not handle your order when you arrive.
1. Ask if you can board the flight early to wipe down your seat.
2. Pack enough food for your flight and add some extra food in case there is a delay.
When Food Allergies prevent you from eating different foods it takes a lot of creativity to work around these limitations but you can still eat delicious foods! Click here for some tricks and tips.
It can be hard to manage food allergies. Talk about your struggles with friends and family so that you do not feel alone. Consider joining a support group or starting one if there is not one in your community.
Communication is key for Food Allergy Safety. It is crucial to let school, camp and your friends know the details about what food allergies you have and how to take care of you in case of an emergency.
The latest breakthroughs in Food Allergies have included some promising breakthroughs. Find the links here.
Here is a link to an Auvi-Q patient assistance form to help you obtain low-cost Epinephrine if you do not have insurance.