Ep. 22: Food Allergy Myth Busting
What better way to start 2020 than to bust some food allergy myths?
We asked our listeners what food allergy statements they wonder are a myth. Dr G sheds some truth on common misconceptions that circulate the food allergy community.
The myths tackled in this episode:
Only kids are affected by food allergies
Each reaction is worse than the last
Exercise can make a reaction more severe
Aspirin and alcohol can also increase your chances of having an allergic reaction to food
The absence of a protein makes an item/ingredient completely safe
Peanut oil is safe for people with a peanut allergy.
People with milk allergy are fine with lactose-free food
Everyone grows out of their milk allergy
You can have an allergic reaction to airborne peanuts
You shouldn't worry about peanuts on planes
You can have an anaphylactic reaction by only touching food
You can't be allergic to corn or rice
You can't be anaphylactic to fruit or vegetable
Foods caused by oral allergy syndrome are not considered a true allergen
If you use your EpiPen, you have to call 911 and go to the hospital
If you use two adrenaline auto-injectors, they need to be administered in different thighs
End with this question: What would happen if you do epi to the neck or chest like in the movies
The full answer about Chick-Fil-A and refined oils: https://acaai.org/resources/connect/ask-allergist/are-highly-refined-oils-allergenic