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Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted! Food Allergy Edition


Dr. M. Itch had joined us to bust some food allergy myths as part of his Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted! series. For part 3, he tackles food allergy misconceptions.

If you missed our other videos on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) blog, take some time to check those videos out too:

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is the food allergy division of AAFA.

Can You Drink Lactose-Free Milk or Goat's Milk If You Have a Milk Allergy?

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Warning: goats milk and Lactaid are not safe replacements for people with milk allergy #foodallergy #drmitch #mythbusters #fypシ

Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in children. Milk has many alternate names that can appear on ingredient labels. KFA has a free "Milk Ingredient Avoidance List" you can download and use as a reference when you read labels.

Are Babies Too Young to Get Allergy Tests?

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Babies get allergies, too, and they're not too young to get tested. It usually starts with food allergies. #foodallergy #mythbusters #drmitch #fypシ

A food allergy is when your body's immune system thinks a certain food is harmful. The immune system then reacts, causing symptoms. Symptoms can include:

  • Skin rash, itching, hives
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing, wheezing
  • Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Feeling like something awful is about to happen

The most common food allergies in infants and children are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, and wheat. If you think your baby has a food allergy, talk with a board-certified allergist.

Can You Still Eat Mixed Nuts If You Remove the Nuts You Are Allergic To?

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Trying to cashew before you make this mistake #foodallergy #nutallergy #mythbusters #drmitch

The only way to prevent food allergy reactions is to avoid the food you are allergic to. Parents of children with food allergies need to avoid cross-contact. This is when your child's food allergen comes in contact with a food or item that is not supposed to contain that allergen. Small amounts of allergens can cause allergic reactions.

Can You Take Benadryl Before Eating a Food You Are Allergic To?

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Debunking a dangerous food allergy myth #foodallergies #foodallergyawareness #epinephrine #fypシ

A severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis [anna-fih-LACK-sis]. Symptoms of anaphylaxis usually happen soon after you have contact or eat an allergen and can get worse fast. You must treat anaphylaxis right away for the best chance of stopping the reaction and preventing serious, potentially life-threatening complications. Epinephrine is the first line of treatment for anaphylaxis.

Is It Possible to Have a Mild Peanut Allergy?

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Believe it or nut, people with peanut allergy can react to different amounts of peanut protein. #foodallergies #foodallergyawareness #drmitch #fypシ

Peanut allergy commonly causes severe allergic reactions. Children with a peanut allergy should avoid all peanut products and anything that may have traces of peanuts in it. You can’t predict how your child will react to peanut from one time to the next. Download KFA's free "Peanut Allergy Avoidance List."

Can You Get the Flu Shot If You Have an Egg Allergy?

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The truth about egg allergy and flu shots #foodallergy #drmitch #mythbusters #fypシ

It is safe for ALL people with an egg allergy to get an annual flu shot. This is true no matter how severe your egg allergy is or was in the past. Many studies back this up. And several medical organizations recommend that people with an egg allergy get the flu vaccine.

Can People With a Peanut Allergy (or Other Food Allergy) Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

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Myth busted: peanut allergy and COVID-19 vaccine #allergyawareness #covid19vaccine #drmitch #mythbusters

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of reducing the spread of coronavirus. The vaccine reduces your chance of getting COVID-19. It can also reduce the severity of your symptoms if you get the disease.

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Join our community for more videos from Dr. M. Itch! We'll post new ones all through National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Plus you can participate in our online support community and connect with other families managing food allergies.


Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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