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  • what is an exercise-induced food allergy? It's a reaction from eating a certain food before exercising. Allergic reactions may appear once exercising starts and the body temperature starts to rise. Anaphalaxis may even develop. The way to manage this: avoid eating that food for a couple of hours before exercising.
  • if you should avoid coconut and water chestnuts if you have a tree nut allergy? Ask your doctor. Even though coconut is a nut, it's usually okay. Some people do react to coconut. Regarding water chestnuts, they're from a plant root, not a nut—so enjoy them!
  • if you can outgrow allergies? Approximately 9 percent of children allergic to tree nuts will outgrow their allergy, including those who previously experienced a severe reaction, according to research reported in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, 2005. Children allergic to peanuts have a 20 percent chance of outgrowing their allergy. A doctor should determine whether a person has outgrown an allergy; don't self-diagnose!
  • Baked goods if you're allergic to soy or wheat. Today more breads, pizza crusts, and other doughs are made with soy flour; wheat is often added to rye bread. Tongs and other utensils are reused.

Refer to chapter 14, "Your Food Away from Home," for tips on being restaurant savvy.

  • Carry your own food on airlines. Ask for the peanut-free snack if you have a peanut allergy.
  • Not sure about the food when you eat out? Ask about the ingredients, or brown-bag your own food. If you're a guest in someone's home, offer to bring your own food or to help with food preparation.
  • Be a sensitive host. As you invite your guests, ask about any special food needs—in case they feel uncomfortable telling you. Adjust the menu or prepare some foods differently if you need to.

For more education about managing specific food allergies, and a cookbook, newsletters, and other support, contact the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. See "Resources You Can Use" at the back of this book for contact information.

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