Common Medications and Treatments for Food Allergy
Treatment for food allergy involves avoiding the foods that cause your allergic reaction. This means removing those foods from your or your child’s diet and, for some people, removing them from your home and workplace.
Reading Food Labels
In order to avoid foods that are used as ingredients in packaged foods, you will need to check food labels to see if the food contains any of the allergenic foods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that food labels have a section for listing potentially allergenic foods, such as nuts, milk, eggs, soy, etc.
Some people with a food allergy have an allergic reaction just from touching the allergenic food. If you or your child has this type of food allergy, it’s important that family and friends wash their hands with soap and water and clean counters and tables after eating or handling the allergenic food.
An EpiPen is an auto-injection device that contains the medication, epinephrine (also called adrenaline). Epinephrine stops or limits the allergic reaction until you can get medical attention. People with food allergies need to carry an EpiPen in case they accidentally eat one of their allergenic foods.