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- Beer, wine, and soft drinks
- Cookies, crackers, pie crust, and pizza crust
- Dried fruit
- Shrimp, lobster, and scallops
- French fries and other food made with peeled potatoes, such as instant mashed potatoes
- Fruit or vegetable juice
- Canned fruits or vegetables
- Syrup and fruit toppings
- Pickles, relish, olives, and salad dressing
- Noodle or rice mixes
- Dried soup mixes
- Deli meats, mince meat, sausages
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- Shortness of breath
- Skin rash
- Skin inflammation
- An allergy skin test
- Blood tests
- Read the ingredient label on every food product that you eat.
- Learn the other names for all your allergens. This will help you recognize them on an ingredients list.
- If you go to a restaurant, discuss your allergy with the food server. Ask about all ingredients.
- Be aware that food may become contaminated by shared utensils and containers. It may also become contaminated during preparation.
- Read drug labels carefully. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
- If you have a severe allergy, ask your doctor if you should carry a dose of epinephrine with you.
- Antihistamine medication to decrease swelling and itching
- Corticosteroid medication for more severe swelling and itching
- Epinephrine injection to treat a severe, life-threatening reaction
- An inhaler to deliver medication to help open your airways if you also have asthma
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology http://www.aaaai.org
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network http://www.foodallergy.org
Allergy Asthma Information Association http://aaia.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2013
- Update Date: 01/13/2014