The fall is here bringing with it another allergy season! The USA loses millions of dollars in annual production from employees calling in sick due to allergies. Many persons (like myself) suffer from adult-onset allergies, while others have been suffering since childhood.
Did you know that only 8 types of foods account for approximately 90 percent of allergic reactions?
As per the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) the top 8 most highly allergic foods are:
There is no current cure for peanut allergies, the most highly allergic food. The ONLY way to prevent allergic reactions to peanuts is to AVOID ALL FOOD and food products containing peanuts in any form. Peanuts or peanut products can be disguised on labels as “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” ground nuts, goober nuts and beer nuts! Additional foods to avoid include chili, eggrolls, certain Thai dishes such as satay sauce, Chinese food, and macaroons to name a few.
I suffer from allergies to fragrances, which seem to be in almost everything. Bathroom and Kitchen products, such as shampoo, hair conditioner, dishwasher fluid, and soaps, as well as candles. I was forced to change all my household supplies to avoid allergic reactions.
Heed these 6 shopping tips if you have allergies and/or asthma:
Label reading is crucial for food, bathroom, kitchen, cleaning, and all products for the home. The USA does a poor job with labeling and there needs to be an overhaul to the system. In the meantime, reading labels can prevent getting sick!