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More facts about anaphylaxis

  • There is no cure for food allergy. Avoidance of an allergenic substance is key to staying safe.
  • Ingesting a very small amount of a food can cause a severe allergic reaction.
  • Touching an allergenic substance and transferring it to the mouth or the eyes can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.
  • Odours do not contain proteins and cannot cause allergic reactions.
  • However, inhaling airborne proteins (i.e. steam from cooking fish; airborne peanut dust) can cause allergic reactions. Although reactions caused by inhaled fish protein can be severe, reactions cause by inhaled peanut protein are not usually life-threatening.
  • Individuals at risk for peanut and/or tree nut allergy are often advised to avoid both due to the risk of cross-contamination.

For information on the most common food allergens, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.shtml

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