Food Allergies are Real

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Dear Alexander,

There are some kids in my third-grade class who don't believe that my food allergies are real, so they don't take me seriously. How can I make them understand that food allergies are real?

Unfortunately, this happens to many kids with food allergies. Sometimes, it's even adults who don't fully understand food allergies. First, you can explain that food allergies are real, and that about 12 million people in the U.S. have them.

If you have had an allergic reaction that you can remember, you can describe what happened. Explain that food allergy reactions should all be taken seriously, and that many people with food allergies may need a shot of medicine (epinephrine) to treat a reaction. 

Food allergies can be hard for some people to understand, because even scientists don't understand why some people have them and some people don't. It sounds to me like this is a great opportunity to raise awareness and educate others about food allergies. Think about asking your teacher if you (or your parents or school nurse) can give a presentation about food allergies to your entire class. FAAN has lots of great materials that can help, available on the FAAN website. Good luck!

Good luck!

Your friend,

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The information above is not designed to take the place of a doctor’s instructions. Patients are urged to contact a doctor for specific information regarding guidelines for care.

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