Food allergies are a serious matter, and the frequency of food allergy cases are only going up, with more and more people being diagnosed with dangerous food allergies every year. I often find that families who have only very recently become a part of the allergy “scene”- whether it be from learning that their child has an allergy, or finding out that an adult in the family has developed a food allergy (while rare, it does happen)- have very little knowledge about the dynamics of living with an allergy, or living close to someone with an allergy.
I personally know people who have developed food allergies relatively recently, and in times like that, it can be a very scary scenario. It’s similar to being put into another world, having to learn about the dynamics of allergies. All of a sudden, an infinitely greater amount of care has to be put into the food chosen for the family, the restaurants visited, and even the events being planned.
In times like that, it is a fantastic help to have a source (or sources) that provide oneself with much of the knowledge that they need. Personally, my family and I received much of our initial information that we needed from our allergist when we found out about my allergy. However, our supplementary knowledge was almost exclusively provided by educational websites and our memberships with communities of allergy families.
Because of this, I thought I would post some helpful websites for those looking for guidance, assistance, or education on food allergies. These sources were invaluable to me, and still are, so I hope that you guys find them just as useful!
https://acaai.org/ —The website for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Fantastic resource for those seeking basic information about allergies and allergy safety.
https://www.foodallergy.org/ — The website for FARE- Food Allergy Research and Education. My personal favorite, this website has absolutely everything a family facing a food allergy could ever need. From allergy information, to supplemental information packets tailored to specific family members, to helpful graphics with information, to instructional videos and articles, this website is truly the one stop shop for someone looking for allergy information.
https://www.allergicliving.com/ — An allergy news website that is at the forefront of allergy information. Whenever I want to find out what’s going on in the world of food allergies, whether it be news about Mylan, or the test results for the latest allergy treatment, Allergic Living has it. I always like to check it at least once a week.
If you need further informational supplements, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to provide you with extra websites that I found useful.
I hope this helps!