Food allergies suck. You not only have to often give what may otherwise be a mind-blowing dish a miss, but also be that person who has a laundry list of things you can’t eat. Plus, they’re incurable, so they can inconvenience you for the rest of your life like an annoying mother-in-law.
They happen when your immune system has abnormal immune responses to particular foods, and according to Daphne Loh, a dietitian at Gleneagles Hospital, there can be all sorts of symptoms when they act up. These include tingling or itching in the mouth; a hives or eczema breakout; abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; and swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat.
The most severe reaction you can have is anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening reaction that can cause impaired breathing, a drop in blood pressure and a weak pulse. Basically, it’s all real scary stuff, so it’s of utmost importance that you learn to manage any food allergies you may have. Not sure how you can do that when eating out? Scroll the gallery to check out Daphne’s six tips.