14 Hidden Dangers for Food Allergy Sufferers
If you have a severe food allergy, you should be especially cautious with your potential triggers. However, a lot of food and non-food product contain hidden dangers that we don’t even know about. Below, we will mention a range of products that people with food allergy are likely better off avoiding.
A lot of cosmetic products contain ingredients like soy or tree nuts, which can trigger a reaction in allergic people. If you have an allergy, make sure to check the label before you buy a product or apply it to your skin.
Shampoos, Conditioners and Hairstyling Products
Tree nut oils, such as macadamia oil, are contained in many haircare products, as they help to condition the hair and improve the smell of a product. In some people, such products may cause an allergic reaction. Although there are no studies confirming that tree nut ingredients should be avoided, you may want to stay away from them, if you have an allergy. Before trying any product on yourself, make sure to always check the label for potentially dangerous ingredients.
Body Lotions and Sunscreens
Coconut oil, as well as tree nut oils and extracts (e.g. almond extract or shea nut butter) are commonly used in various body creams and lotions and sunscreens. While the risk of developing a severe reaction to them is low, and the link between food allergies and food ingredients in skincare products hasn’t been studied well, it may be a good idea to use allergen-free products.
Lipsticks and Lip Glosses
Crystalline guanine is a pearly substance that is obtained from fish scales and used as an additive to various cosmetic products, including lipsticks, lip glosses and balms. People with a fish allergy are recommended to avoid this ingredient and use alternative brands.
Dry Dip and Soup Mixes
Many dried dip and soup mixes and salad dressings are made with milk, soy, peanut or wheat. People who are allergic to these ingredients are better off avoiding these products.
Worcestershire sauce is a popular condiment and marinade for meat. Since it may contain fish (anchovies), Worcestershire sauce is not recommended for people allergic to fish.
Marzipan is an almond-based sweet paste made from ground almonds and sugar or honey. If you have an allergy to almonds or other tree nuts, eating marzipan may lead to an allergic reaction.
If you are looking for meat substitutes, imitation seafood like surimi may become a good and healthy option. However, food products of this type often contain eggs, which is a problem for people with egg allergy.
Certain alcoholic beverages contain ingredients that may trigger a severe reaction in people with food allergies. Thus, wheat is commonly used in beer, ale, bourbon and wine, while milk is often added to various cream-based liquors. Besides, such liquors as Amaretto or Frangelico may contain tree nuts.
Play dough is a modelling compound made of flour, salt, water, boric acid and mineral oil. It is commonly used by children for their crafts projects. Since commercial play dough often contains wheat, people allergic to it are recommended to use homemade, wheat-free play dough.
Certain brands of dog or cat food may contain allergenic ingredients like tree nut, peanut or soy. Although pet food is not for human consumption, some people with a food allergy might react even to handling it.
Nut oils, wheat and other allergens can also be found in various birdseed mixes placed into bird feeders that people set up in winter. If you have an allergy, you should avoid products containing these ingredients.
Certain types vaccines, such as influenza vaccines (flu shots) are made with small amounts of egg protein. People allergic to eggs may develop a reaction to these types of vaccines.
Medications and Vitamins
People with food allergies can also have problems with some medications and vitamins. Certain medicines and supplements contain soy, wheat and egg allergens that may cause an allergic reaction. Therefore, experts suggest that you always check the ingredient list.