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Eating out with Allergies

People with allergies quite naturally have a tough time eating outside of their houses. Consuming foods that contain allergens could bring about allergic reactions that range from mild, relatively harmless reactions to a dangerous life threatening situation.

Fret not, here are a few tips to ease those of you who have tendency to have an allergic reaction and wishes to eat out:

1. Be Informed

Get to know your allergies and the food you should avoid. Also be sure to know all the different type of names these foods can be called.

2. Speak Up.

Don’t be afraid to ask the waiter about the menu, and be sure to speak loud and clear while doing so. Trainee waiters and waitresses may not be prepared to answer your questions, and in this case, don’t hesitate to kindly ask to speak to the manager or a more senior member of the staff who could assist you.

3. Review Eating Places.

Nowadays, most restaurants post their menus online. This provides an easy avenue to check the menu and determining whether or not the eatery is a good choice for you.

4. Carry a ‘Chef Card’.

You can use a chef card to write a little note to the kitchen staff. Include the things you are allergic to, ingredients you have to avoid, and a little reminder that all utensils should be cleaned while preparing your meal.

5. Keep your medicines close.

You never know when an emergency will strike, so it is better to be safe than sorry. Carry your medicines at all times.

6. Allergy Bracelets.

These bracelets inform people about the type of allergy you are having, so that in the case of an emergency, due action can be taken.

7. Don’t Compromise.

Alert your friends beforehand about you allergies, and tell them the seriousness of your allergies. One of the most common problems is that friends often think serious allergic reactions like inability to breathe are just act of goofiness and merely just fooling around.This simple step could help save your life.

(Source: www.allergyeats.com)