7 Tips For Managing Food Allergies During Holiday Festivities

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It won’t be the most wonderful time of the year if food allergies are accidentally triggered when friends come to call this holiday season. Party givers and goers need to manage food sensitivities throughout the year; but with the incredibly social nature of the holiday period, the danger increases.

An important first step is to be aware of what commonly causes a reaction. The United States Department of Agriculture identifies the eight most common food allergies in the U.S., which account for 90 percent of all food allergies. The eight are: wheat, crustacean shellfish, peanuts, soybeans, eggs, milk, fish, and tree nuts.

Another critical initial step is to communicate. A host or hostess cannot know what causes a problem if the guest never says anything. Allergic responses are not static, and not all people will encounter issues at the same level, which makes an open channel of discussion even more important. Here are 7 tips for an allergy-aware, perfect holiday party season.

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