Food allergy myths you probably didn't know

Unfortunately, food allergies are misunderstood and difficult to manage. Managing food allergies requires knowing reality from fantasy. Ten common food allergy myths will be revealed.

Food allergies are more frequent than most people realize. The CDC estimates that 1 in 13 children under 18 have a food allergy, and up to 15 million Americans have them.

 Allergic responses aren't always severe or medically necessary. Milder symptoms include hives, itching, tongue or throat swelling, and vomiting or diarrhea. 

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Some people outgrow allergies, but not all. It's crucial to watch for responses or symptoms that may suggest an allergy because allergies can develop later in life.

Managing a food allergy when eating out is difficult, but not impossible. Safe restaurants and food may be found with a little effort and study. 

Allergic responses may not always occur immediately after swallowing the allergen, as many believe. Food allergies can emerge hours or days after eating, depending on the person's sensitivity and other variables.

A food without nuts or dairy isn't necessarily safe. For instance, certain items may include allergens not stated on the label. Other substances like modified food starch might come from wheat and other allergies.

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