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Don’t Believe These 3 Myths About Food Allergies

food allergiesToo many myths are floating around the Internet that keep people in the dark about their food allergies. By knowing the truth, you can confidently take the necessary steps to find food allergy relief! Consider the following myths about food allergies and the truth behind the misconceptions:

Myth #1: There is no difference between food allergies and food intolerances.

This myth causes many people to inaccurately self-diagnose the issue occurring in their body. A food allergy is an extreme reaction to a particular food molecule. When this overreaction occurs, the immune system is compromised which can result in serious, life-threatening symptoms. Food intolerance occurs when your digestive system has trouble breaking down the food. Food intolerances cause discomfort but are not life-threatening. In both cases, the doctors at Langford allergy can guide you toward relief.

Myth #2: Children cannot outgrow their food allergies.

On the contrary, many children are able to outgrow their food allergy with correct guidance and help from a trained doctor. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, one out of five children outgrow their peanut allergy, one out of nine children outgrow their tree nut allergy, and most kids who are diagnosed with a wheat allergy outgrow it by 3-years-old. Don’t allow this false misconception to discourage you and keep you from seeking help from Langford Allergy.

Myth #3: Plain water removes allergens.

If you have a child with food allergies, you understand the concept of keeping unsafe food away from safe food. Everything about mealtime is affected – where you cook, in what order you cook, and how you set the food on the table. If you notice an unsafe food has been in contact with a cooking surface or plate, wiping off the allergens with plain water will not eliminate the threat. Be sure to use soap and hot water to eradicate the unsafe food.

If you think you have food allergies, contact the Langford Allergy team today to find relief.