Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

How are food allergies treated?

Once you are certain you have an allergy to a specific food, there are a variety of ways to treat the allergy, depending on the severity of your allergic reaction.

The best was to treat a food allergy is to do your best to avoid the food, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). It is important to read food labels and to learn additional names for foods you are allergic to.

When eating out, don’t feel like you are causing a problem by asking what ingredients are in a dish you want to order. It is better for your waiter to check with the chef than it is for you to eat a food or spice that will cause you to have an allergic reaction, according to the ACAAI.

If you eat a food you are allergic to, the ACAAI says you should have a prepared action plan you created with your doctor that you can follow. That plan might include taking an over-the-counter allergy-fighting medication or a prescribed shot of epinephrine.

If you are having an allergic reaction more severe that what your plan outlines for you to manage on your own, or if you have used an epinephrine shot, you should have someone take you to the hospital or call 9-1-1 for immediate care, according to the ACAAI.

Talk to your physician to create an action plan for your allergies or to discuss treatment options that will work best for you.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine