Food Allergy Round Table

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By Jack

Allergies can affect anyone. An allergy is a condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance. There are numerous types of allergies from avoidable allergens like food allergies, and unavoidable allergens such as seasonal allergies. There are also several reactions to allergens like anaphylaxis, a life threatening reaction where your throat swells up and closes to the point where you can’t breath and sinusitis where the tissue lining of your nose swells. I have a peanut allergy where I will go into anaphylaxis. Thus I carry an epi-pen which delivers a life saving dose of epinephrine that counteracts the reaction.

With me today I have Christine, Ahmad, and Bella

Do you have any allergies?

How has your allergy affected you?

Did you have to adjust your diet after finding out about your allergies?

How hard do you think it would be to adjust your life around a common food allergy like peanuts?

What responsibility do people without allergies have to help those with allergies?

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