6 Life-Saving Food Allergy Tips
From CNN. Here’s the short run down:
- Take a Test – Bear in mind there are several kinds and they are not always accurate. As a child they said I was not allergic to apples [though I am] but I was allergic to horse hair [though I don’t sneeze around horses].
- Medicine Kit – Such as an EpiPen or possibly Benadryl.
- Kitchen – Watch out for cross contamination.
- Food shopping – Read every single little label, even if it’s something you’ve bought before. It’s even more interesting if you look up the ingredients later and find out what exactly what they are.
- Restaurants – Sometimes checking the menu isn’t enough. An allergy card [the link is an interactive .pdf] can be very helpful for the waiting staff. One method is to have the waiter take it to the chef to find out what you can eat from the menu – for me there tend to be one or two items.
- Air Travel – Especially because of the peanuts.
I had an allergy test done and funny enough, the things I thought I was allergic to turned out I wasn’t. But I was told that I had a dust mite allergy and that was causing my eczema. The solution given to me was to rip out all my carpets and get rid of anything fluffy in the house!
I’ve been trying to control my eczema through natural remedies, herbal creams, chamomile baths etc. Doesn’t work as well as the medicated creams but long term use has started thinning my skin so I have to find alternatives. I’ve been getting some ideas online – http://www.latestremedy.com has helped me with some eczema cream remedies.
I tried a chamomile and viola cream and it actually works ok. I would recommend anyone to try it, even if it’s in conjunction with prescription cremes.
My son has started getting eczema symptoms and I’m worried about the strength of the eczema cream my doctor has prescribed him. I’m trying the natural creams for his eczema too to see if it will help. He’s only 12 months old and I’m worried about the effects the steroid creams would have on his delicate skin. If anyone has some advice..?