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Food Allergy Basics

Essential information for newly diagnosed food allergy patients and their families.
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The 8 Most Common Food Allergies
Do you know which eight foods cause the majority of allergic reactions in the United States? Learn more about the most common food allergies.

Preventing Food Allergies in Children - Pregnancy and Postpartum
Overview of research on the effect of mother's diet in pregnancy and introduction of solid foods on the risk of a child developing food allergies.

What Are the Most Common Food Allergies for Adults?
The most common food allergies for adults in the United States.

What Are the Most Common Food Allergies for Children?
The most common food allergies in American children.

Frequently Asked Questions About Food Allergies --- Index
Frequently asked questions about food allergies.

First Steps: Newly Diagnosed With Food Allergies
The first four things you should do when you have just been diagnosed with food allergies.

Food Allergies
An introduction to how the immune system works to cause food allergies.

Food Allergy Basics
Learning how to live with a food allergy is a process. Here are the first steps -- finding out what's going on with your body, learning about food allergy symptoms and diagnosis, and how to get by on a day-to-day basis with food allergies.

What is Really Needed to Clean Peanut Residue?
What is needed to fully clean peanut residue to make tables, desks, mouths, or hands safe for peanut allergies.

Food Allergy Facts and Myths

A lot of commonly held beliefs about food allergies aren't true at all. Some of them cause people to restrict their diets unnecessarily, and some of them are downright harmful. How's your food allergy knowledge? Read on for 10 common food allergy beliefs, and see which of the myths you can spot.

Frequently Asked Questions about Food Allergies
Frequently asked questions about food allergies.

Cooking with Food Allergies
The basics to get you started cooking for any food allergy.

I get a runny nose after I eat spicy foods. Do I have a food allergy?
I get a runny nose after I eat spicy foods or alcohol. Does this mean I have a food allergy?

Best Food Allergy Online Support - 2012 Food Allergy Reader's Choice Awards
Nominate your favorite food allergy app for the 2012 Food Allergy Reader's Choice Awards.

Is Food Allergy Becoming More Common?
Is food allergy really becoming more common? Find out how prevalence of food allergy has changed over the last decade.

What are Some Risk Factors for Food Allergies?
Several important risk factors for food allergy - can you control your food allergy risk factors?

Food Allergy Education - Teaching About Food Allergies
Readers share tips for teaching others about food allergies.

My Family Has a History of Food Allergies. How Should I Feed My Infant?
It's not possible to prevent food allergies in any particular child, but these best practices from several major physician organizations may help raise your odds of raising a child without food allergies.

What is the Hygiene Hypothesis?
What is the hygiene hypothesis? Learn more about the hygiene hypothesis, one major explanation for

I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. Is this an allergy?
Learn the differences between celiac disease or celiac sprue -- an autoimmune disorder -- and food allergy.

Are allergy shots an effective treatment for food allergies?
Find out about whether allergy shots are effective at treating food allergies.

How can I get around my child's allergy in cooking at home?
Learn the basics of cooking for allergies.

What's the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?
Learn the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance and how it affects treatment.

What should I do if I think my child might have a food allergy?
What should I do if I think my child might have a food allergy? Find out the steps to take here.

What symptoms might indicate a food allergy?
What symptoms might indicate a food allergy? Discover the most common symptoms here.

What Is An Allergy, Exactly?
What is an Allergy? Find out how the immune system works to cause allergies here.

I Just Found Out I Have Multiple Food Allergies. What Do I Do Now?
Just diagnosed with multiple food allergies? Learn some early coping strategies for managing food allergies to more than one food.

Allergy Center
Allergy Center from ADAM, About.Com's healthcare encyclopedia.

Food Allergies: Just the Facts
Nine Myths about Food Allergies from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Food Allergy: Separating Fact From Fiction
Five myths about food allergies and their diagnosis from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Food Allergy Initiative
501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to raising research funds for and public awareness of food allergy issues.

How Allergies Work
User-friendly layperson introduction to allergies and the immune system.

Understanding Food Allergy
Brochure about food allergies from the International Food Information Council.

The Downsides of Eating Out
Eating out with a food allergy can be challenging. Avoid these pitfalls and make your restaurant dining experience a success.

When You Have a Tree-Nut Allergy

How Child Developmental Stages Affect the Food Allergic Child’s Eating
Learn how each stage of child development affects the food allergic child's eating behaviors and food preferences.

Outgrowing Food Allergies
Do you wonder if you or your child will outgrow a food allergy? Check out the latest information here.

Surprising Sources of Soy

Youd Never Guess Where the Wheat is Hiding
If you're avoiding wheat due to a food allergy, you need to know where it's hiding. Check out these 22 foods with wheat.

Milk-Free Sources of Calcium

Uncover Hidden Egg Ingredients
Reading the ingredient label isn't the only thing you have to worry about when you have an egg allergy. Check out this list of hidden egg ingredients in everyday food.

6 Unhealthy Habits of Food Allergic People
These 6 unhealthy habits can deter a healthy lifestyle for food allergic people, and be disturbingly dangerous.

Getting Enough Vitamin D When You’re Food Allergic

Milk-free Sources of Vitamin D
If you have a milk allergy, you may be scrambling to find milk-free vitamin D foods. I've got 11 foods to help you boost your vitamin D intake.

Your Feeding Style Matters with Food Allergies
Your feeding style matters! It can help your food allergic child become a healthy, adventurous eater, or not.

How to Stop Catering to Your Food Allergic Family
Catering to food requests or picky eating commonly occurs in food allergic families. Learn 6 ways to stop catering to your food allergic family.

7 Nutrients You May be Missing with an Egg Allergy
Avoiding egg due to an egg allergy means you may miss out on important nutrients, such as iron, choline, selenium and zinc, and more.

5 Ways to Prevent Food Allergies in Your Baby
Want to know how to prevent food allergy development in your baby? Here are 5 ways to curb food allergies and help avoid them.

15 Milk-Free Snacks
What should you snack on if you have a milk allergy? Find 15 of the most nutritious, milk-free combinations here.

Milk-Free Snacks for the Picky Eater
Picky eaters are hard to feed, especially when they have a milk allergy. These 19 milk-free snacks for the picky eater will help!

5 Key Steps Before Food Allergic Kids Head Back to School
Preparing your child for school is key to keeping him safe and free from allergic reaction.Take these 5 steps before your child even steps in the classroom!

The Food Allery Back-to-School Checklist
9 tips for a safe and easy entry back into the school routine with food allergies.

The School Nurse Shortage and Food Allergies
A school nurse shortage in school is a problem for families with food allergy. Learn how to make school food allergy management top-notch for your child.

The #1 Food Allergy Mistake People Make (and How to Avoid It)
A #1 mistake when you have a food allergy: forgetting to take your life-saving medication wherever you go. Get tips to avoid this here.

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