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Don't Let Food Allergies Spoil the Picnic
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SATURDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Summer is the best time for eating outdoors, so why let food allergies spoil the party?
In some people, that innocent-looking picnic spread could provoke symptoms ranging from hives and stomachache to life-threatening difficulty breathing. But by working with an allergist, you can head off a potential emergency.
"Food allergies are serious, but with a little preparation, you can still enjoy summer parties. An allergist can help you identify the foods that are causing your symptoms and create a plan to steer clear of problems," said Dr. James Sublett in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Here are some of the association's suggestions about how to avoid food allergies at picnics and barbecues:
Also, if you know someone has a severe allergy to a given food, don't bring it. There are plenty of other dishes to enjoy.
-- Randy Dotinga
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SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, June 30, 2010, press release