Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Food Allergies Home Care

Home care for a food allergy may include:

  • Avoid foods that cause allergies.
    • Ask about ingredients when eating out.
    • Read food labels carefully.
    • If you are not sure -- don't eat it!
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Take a nonprescription antihistamine for allergic symptoms:
  • Carry an epinephrine syringe:
  • Wear an alert bracelet or tag that identifies your allergies.

Food Allergies Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have food allergies and any of the following:

Continue to Food Allergies Prevention

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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