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Ep. 43: Food Allergy Myth Busting Part 2

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Time to tackle some common food allergy myths and listener questions.

Dr. Wright, a board-certified allergist and Medical Director at Thermo Fisher Scientific, joins Dr. G and Kortney to bust common misconceptions that circulate around food allergies as well as answer your questions. From questions about the likelihood of developing an allergy to the dangers of removing foods out of your diet without doctor supervision.

Kortney also asks the two allergists about some of the blurry situations you may find yourself in, such as accidentally putting an allergen in your mouth but not ingesting it and what’s the deal with Benadryl?

What we cover in this episode:

  • The difference between food allergy and food intolerance.

  • How an allergist diagnoses a food intolerance.

  • What medication exists for people with intolerances and how they work.

  • How likely is it for your second child to develop a food allergy if their sibling does?

  • Should you get your child tested for an allergy before introducing an allergenic food?

  • If your child has eczema will they develop a food allergy?

  • If you are allergic to peanuts will you also be allergic to legumes?

  • If taking a food out of your diet will lead you to become sensitized to it and potentially develop an allergy to it?

  • Is it true that when your allergen appears on a may contain label, you have to 100% avoid eating it?

  • When it is appropriate to use Benadryl for an allergic reaction.

  • The importance of epinephrine auto-injectors.

  • Why you should not become complacent about having “little reactions”.

  • Can antihistamines mask anaphylaxis?

  • Will throwing up the food with an allergen in it, lessen your chances of having a reaction?

  • Could you have an allergic reaction if you did not swallow the food with your allergen in it?

This episode was sponsored by Allergy Insider.

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