Keeping food allergies in check at school



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One in 13 children in the United States — nearly 6 million in total — have food allergies, with 30 percent of those children being allergic to more than one food. Allergic reactions can range from itching and nausea to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition.

Understandably, the school year provokes anxiety in parents of children with these allergies, as children enter an environment flooded with different foods that increases potential exposure to allergens over which parents have limited control.

It is important to know that food allergies are managed by strictly avoiding the culprit foods as well as learning to recognize the symptoms early and seeking prompt treatments.

Signs and symptoms

Food allergy symptoms often occur within a few minutes to two hours of eating the trigger food. A more severe reaction is possible even if the first incident only caused mild symptoms.

The most common food allergy signs and symptoms include:

‒ Itching and hives

‒ Tingling or itching in the mouth

‒ Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat or other parts…