Be my Allergy-Safe Valentine!
So, it’s that special day…celebrating with a nice dinner, flowers and candy. Seems innocent enough, except— what is in that candy? Chocolate candy contains chocolate (not a very common allergy), milk (the most common food allergy in young children), peanuts or nuts (the #1 cause of fatal food allergic reactions), cherry cordial, and various other gooey centers.
For those individuals with food allergies, it’s important to know what’s inside those chocolate candies. So how do you find out? You could stick your finger in the bottom of each candy like my grandma used to do, OR read the ingredient label or contact the manufacturer. U.S. Food Labeling laws require listing common food allergens (cow’s milk, egg, wheat, peanut, soy, fish, shellfish). Some individual candies from bulk may not be labeled!
So, to protect that loved one…
- Read ingredient labels; if it is not labeled, throw it out!
- Keep that self-injectable epinephrine close by; don’t be afraid to use it!
- Wear your medical ID bracelet
Remember, this is a day for LOVE (Like Our Valuable Epinephrine) or if you prefer the Italian version AMORE (Allergy Mishaps Occur, Remember Epinephrine)
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This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.