May is the peak month for Asthma and Allergy because of the multitude of different pollens in the air. More than 50 million Americans suffer from either Asthma or Allergies or both. The doctors at Asthma and Allergy Associates can test and treat your allergies or asthma with medications, inhalers, or injections. They will pay close attention to the triggers that the patient describes as well as the results of a comprehensive test to determine the cause and then work on a solution.
May is also a perfect month to be aware of Food Allergies with Memorial Day, Graduations and other spring time celebrations being planned. Consider your holiday menus carefully for your family member, who might have an allergy or for your guests that may be allergic to certain foods.
TIPS for an Enjoyable Holiday
- If you are the host, ask your guests if there are any food allergies to be aware of. If there is a guest with food allergies, finding safe food substitutes for some food allergens can be found at the FARE website (food Allergy Research & Education) www.foodallergy.org. There are food substitutes for milk, wheat, eggs, and peanuts.
- If you are a guest, call the host and let them know of your family member’s allergies, and offer to bring dishes that are safe for your loved one.
- Eat a big breakfast or lunch before arriving as many appetizers have nuts, seafood and other allergens.
- If you have a child with a food allergy, discuss what they can and can’t eat, and have a dish that you have prepared for them for peace of mind.
- Have a plan with your significant other to take turns watching out for children with food allergies.
- Be sure to have two epinephrine auto-injectors at all times if prescribed.
Avoid Emergency Room Visits
Celebrations typically bring on more food allergy related ER visits, so be sure to plan ahead, whether you are the host or the guest to have a fun, safe celebration season with family and friends!
Asthma Allergy Associates Can Help
At Asthma Allergy Associates, PC and Research Center, we created a food Allergy center because of the rise in food allergies. Be sure to visit our Food Allergy Center to learn more or to request an appointment.