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Food Allergies

What exactly are food allergies?

They are your body's negative reaction to specific proteins in something you've eaten. Theses allergens, in otherwise harmless food, can be mistaken by your immune system as dangerous and your body reacts by defending itself. More than 12 million Americans have food allergies, with the highest incidence in young children.

Allergic reactions
An allergic reaction can involve the skin, gastrointestinal, respiratory, or cardiovascular systems, with symptoms like hives, rash, swelling, itching, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, and trouble breathing. Not everyone has the same symptoms. One food can cause swelling in one person and a rash in another, for example.



The most common food allergens are:
  • peanuts & tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans)
  • fish & shellfish
  • eggs
  • wheat
  • dairy products
  • soy


Food allergies as part of everyday life
  • If you are diagnosed with a food allergy, the best thing to do is avoid those allergens. Just plan your food purchases to avoid any culprits.
  • Talk to your doctor about your diet plans and check the label of each product when you shop. Check each time you purchase, as ingredients may change. If you have any questions, contact the manufacturer.
  • Share your dietary restrictions with family and friends, and be prepared when going to gatherings or restaurants. Either bring your own food or make sure to ask the ingredients.
  • It is possible to cross-contaminate food, so practice good food safety and keep your hand and utensils clean when preparing different foods.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT A FOOD ALLERGY

Symptoms of an allergic reaction can occur within minutes to up to 2 hours after consuming the allergen, and some may be delayed by up to three days.

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FOOD ALLERGY RESOURCES

Check our Frequently Asked Questions and take a look at our links to learn more about a specific concern.

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FOOD ALLERGY
& ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK (FAAN)

Food Lion is a proud, platinum sponsor of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN).

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