Enjoy your festival with great food, but watch out for common allergens

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Common Food Allergens
Common Food Allergens
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Food allergies can indeed be severe, and in some cases, they can lead to life-threatening reactions known as anaphylaxis. Here are some common food allergens that have the potential to cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, which can be fatal if not promptly treated:

  1. Peanuts: Peanut allergy is one of the most common and severe food allergies. Even trace amounts of peanuts or peanut products can trigger an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. Symptoms can range from mild itching and hives to severe anaphylaxis, which can lead to difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, a drop in blood pressure, and loss of consciousness.
  2. Tree Nuts: Tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios, are also common allergens that can cause severe allergic reactions. Like peanuts, even small amounts of tree nuts can trigger anaphylaxis in susceptible individuals.
  3. Shellfish: Shellfish allergies are more common in adults than in children and can cause severe allergic reactions. Crustaceans (e.g., shrimp, crab, lobster) and mollusks (e.g., clams, oysters, mussels) are the two main types of shellfish that can trigger allergic reactions.
  4. Fish: Allergy to fish is also relatively common and can cause severe reactions in sensitive individuals. An allergic reaction to fish can occur even from inhaling cooking vapors or handling fish, not just from consuming it.
  5. Milk: Milk allergy, particularly in children, can cause severe allergic reactions. Cow’s milk is the most common cause of milk allergy, but allergies to milk from other animals, such as goats or sheep, can also occur.
  6. Eggs: Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children, although many outgrow it by adulthood. Allergic reactions to eggs can range from mild to severe and can occur with both the egg white and the yolk.
  7. Wheat: While less common than allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish, wheat allergy can still cause severe allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Wheat is a common ingredient in many foods, making it important for those with wheat allergy to carefully read food labels.
  8. Soy: Soy allergy is relatively common, especially in children. Soy is found in a wide range of processed foods and can cause allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe.

It’s essential for individuals with food allergies, as well as their caregivers and family members, to be aware of the allergens to which they are sensitive and to take precautions to avoid exposure to those allergens. In case of accidental exposure, they should be prepared to administer emergency treatment (such as epinephrine) and seek immediate medical attention if necessary.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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