Allergies & Parties

Allergic reations is something we have to take seriously, and think about 'before' a party starts, not after someone has a reaction.

Many people are allergic or intollerant to things in food or the food itself. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that causes a number of symptoms including an itchy rash, throat swelling, and low blood pressure caused by insect bites/stings, foods, and medications.

Food Allergies

You should always be aware, no matter what age people are at a party, that certain foods can cause allergic reactions.

Always check with others beforehand to see if invited guests are allergic to any foods. In the case where certain guests may suffer from food allergies, itís a nice idea to make sure the food thatís provided can be eaten by everyone who is present at the party.

Aside from the risk of a child or guest accidentally eating food they shouldnít, this also ensures that no one at the party will feel left out.

10 Allergenic Foods to Avoid

Just remember, parents will know more about the reactions and what their children are allergic to, so use the following as a guide.

1: Wheat
Wheat allergies develop in childhood and reactions include asthma, hives, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and anaphylactic shock.

Besides being the major ingredient in breads, baked goods and cereals, wheat is also used as a thickening agent for sauces and soups.

2: Soy
Soy allergies are more common among young children, with reactions including hives, asthma and anaphylactic shock.

3: Shellfish
The shellfish family encompasses not only crustaceans like crabs, shrimp and lobster, but also mollusks like oysters, squid and mussels. As with any seafood allergy, reactions might include hives, asthma, atopic dermatitis or anaphylactic shock.

4: Fish
Although most fish are known to be allergenic, cod and salmon tend to cause more allergic reactions than other varieties. Rounding out the list of allergenic fish are anchovies, tuna, mackerel and sardines.

5: Tree Nuts
Besides digestive problems, allergic reactions include asthma, hives, atopic dermatitis and anaphylactic shock.  Among the wide variety of tree nuts, the most common offenders include cashews, walnuts and almonds. Uncommon tree nuts, like kola and shea nuts, are less likely to lead to allergic reactions.  Merely touching some nuts can be dangerous.

6: Peanut
Peanuts are notorious for causing allergic reactions in people: They're among the most common allergies, and ingestion is likelier to lead to death. The allergy is especially common in young children, which is why experts warn against allowing kids to eat peanuts.

Interestingly, a peanut isn't a nut -- it's a legume.

7: Eggs
Some kids are allergic to either the white or the yolk (or both) -- each contains certain proteins that are known to trigger allergic reactions. These reactions include atopic dermatitis, hives and anaphylactic shock. Another common symptom is allergic rhinitis, a condition often associated with pollen allergies, which involves a runny nose, coughing and headache.

8: Milk
Cow's milk is one the most prevalent allergenic foods around the world, especially for young children. It's estimated that about 2 to 5 percent of children have allergic reactions to cow's milk before they are 1 year old. Some doctors tell parents to avoid giving cow's milk to babies until they hit that 1-year-old milestone. Luckily, most children seem to overcome their allergy in just a few years, after which they can drink milk and have no reaction to it. Occasionally, however, a person won't recover from a milk allergy.

Allergic reactions to cow's milk include hives, asthma and anaphylactic shock. Another common reaction is a condition known as atopic dermatitis, a skin condition that itches and can create a rash.

But don't confuse lactose intolerance with a milk allergy. Intolerance for milk results in indigestion, gas and bloating and doesn't affect the immune system like an allergy does.

9: Sesame
You may not have heard of anyone being allergic to the little seeds that speckle your cheeseburger bun. But sesame allergies are very common in places where sesame is more prevalent, especially Japan and China.

A sesame allergy can trigger anaphylactic shock and often causes someone to pass out. In some cases, it can be fatal. Unfortunately, adults who suffer from a sesame allergy aren't known to ever overcome it. So, if you develop the allergy, you should avoid sesame for the rest of your life.

10: Celery
Not all allergies are created equal, and oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is one of the lesser-known kinds of conditions. It causes your body to interpret certain fruits or vegetables as pollen.

Advice & Information about Food Allergies

Outdoor Party (ie Garden)

We mention this one for the children who may be Anaphylaxic.  Consider bee stings, wasps, ivy.. ahhh the things you have to keep an eye out for?

Allergic Reaction Overview

An allergic reaction is the body's way of responding to an "invader." When the body senses a foreign substance, called an antigen, the immune system is triggered. The immune system normally protects the body from harmful agents such as bacteria and toxins. Its overreaction to a harmless substance (an allergen) is called a hypersensitivity reaction, or an allergic reaction.