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Is Worrying About Peanuts Enough?

With the holidays upon us, there is a ton of information hitting the social media space about food allergy.   We hear the warnings about food made in factories with milk, soy and peanut products and all of us, especially with kids, worry about anaphylaxis.  We carefully monitor labels and party foods to make sure our loved ones are safe. 

However, over 60 million people suffer from allergies in the US and only a small percentage (close to 4%) have food allergy.  An even smaller number (50,000-100,000) have such a bad reaction to food that it causes a trip to the hospital.  Don’t get me wrong – it is very important to make sure you pay attention to the top culprits: peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, milk, and soy, but what about the other 50 million of us?  There is a large population that has life altering systems that need to be considered just as much as food allergy. 

Allergies are an epidemic that affects the quality of life for many and the numbers are on the rise.  According to the NWF, the occurrences of allergic plants growing in areas never seen before have increased significantly over the last decade.  Growing urban areas around the country are seeing a drastic increase in asthma which for which allergies are seen as a major trigger.

It has become apparent that allergy sufferers are in trouble.  However, there is something you can do.  There is a way to get relief.  You can avoid foods (and you should), but you can’t avoid dust, trees, grass, and animal dander.  It is EVERYWHERE!  Medications will give you brief relief, it may get you through the day but does it improve your quality of life over time? 

There is a solution.  Go to your doctor and ask about allergy shots.  This is the only treatment that can actually eliminate many or all of your allergy symptoms.  It may be time consuming but you can begin to feel better as quickly as 3 months.  How much better would life be if you didn’t have worry always having a tissue or could play outside without regretting if for the next two days?

There is something you can do to improve the quality of your life.  Why not do it?

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