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Emergency Preparedness and Allergies

Severe allergic reactions to food can occur quickly, without warning and the reactions can be life threatening. As many as 2.5 million Canadians, about seven per cent of the population, have one or more food allergies. Peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, soy, seafood (fish and shellfish), wheat, eggs, milk, mustard and sulphites are the food allergens that typically cause allergic reactions, although there many others. For those with food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances, the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the specific food or ingredient in the first place, so read food labels. Some things to look for and do: Look on labels for an allergen “contains” statement. Ask at restaurants and friend’s homes if there are certain foods or ingredients included. If you have been prescribed an epinephrine/adrenaline auto-injector, learn how to use it properly and carry it with you at all times. Always wear a Medic Alert identifier

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