In a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Dr. Ruchi S. Gupta revealed that an online survey of 2148 U.S. adults shows many misconceptions about food allergy.
More than 66% of those surveyed believe that a daily medicine can be taken to prevent a food allergy reaction. Nearly half of the respondents said there is a cure for food allergy. Over 40% said that food allergy reactions could be prevented by means other than strict avoidance.
Hmmm...we're not doing a very good job of educating others about food allergy. These people are our teachers, principals, nurses, grandparents, bus drivers, neighbors, babysitters, coaches, scout leaders. Many of them are not getting it and that can be dangerous to our children.
Take every opportunity to inform others of the facts:
There is no cure for food allergy. There are no medicines available to prevent a food allergy reaction. Avoidance of the food is the only way to prevent a reaction.