Summer Allergen Safety Reminders:

Spring and Summer usher in all kinds of fun outdoor activities, but are you remembering your food allergy safety? As well as food allergies, summer brings in hayfever allergies from pollen in the grass. This is why many families that have a severe hayfever sufferer replace the grass by investing in decking from sites like to prevent allergies, as well as have a stylish garden. But what can you do to prevent food allergies this summer?boys in summer

Firstly, the most important reminder: You MUST keep all Epinephrine Auto-Injectors at room temperature (Not less than 50 nor more than 104 degrees) This means You CAN NOT leave them in the car during the Summer!!! (or Winter!)

Some important things to consider and be aware of as we enter the days of gardening, yard work, beaches, parks, and horse shows. What do all these things have to do with food allergies you may wonder! Well, allergens can be hidden in products used for all of these activities! This is why you need to be vigilant with anything you put in your garden just in case! If you want to check out plants for your garden, you can browse here and see what you would like then check to see if they have the potential to cause allergic reactions.

One of my favorite websites for learning about hidden allergens in products is Chemurgy and Allergens. Karen does an amazing job compiling lists of products that contain allergens- that most people just wouldn’t even consider as a risk! For example, I grew up with horses, I owned a horse, went to horse shows, was in 4-H and Pony Club. However, I had NO clue that the products used for horses hooves contain nut oils; until I read about here.

For all gardeners: Did you know that most potting soils and fertilizers contain peanuts & tree nuts? This could be the plants you buy at Home Depot, or a gardening center. So can those shaker cans and bags of flower seeds, My friend Ruth at Best Allergy Sites has an extensive list of possible products containing peanuts here. Chemurgy and Allergens has a list about Seafood and Shellfish in gardening products here. She also has a list of hidden sources of Nuts in Your Garden.

Summer can also means pests, which no one looks forward too. It gets to the point where you don’t even want to keep your windows open in case they find a way into your home. If this happens then it can be very hard to get rid of them. For people who want to get rid of them as quickly as possible may find it beneficial to contact somewhere similar to these new jersey termite companies so that they are free of pests and can continue to enjoy the summer months. Did you know ant traps commonly use peanut as the ‘bait’? Elizabeth Goldenberg at OneSpot Allergy wrote about it here: “Most Ant Traps Contain Peanuts.” Another animal repellent: Repels All RTU contains egg, and fish oil.

You can check out Food Allergy Buzz for a list of “Food Allergen-Free Sunscreens and Mosquito Repellents

Don’t forget that most birdseeds and suet can contain allergens. Compost can contain egg, nuts, and other allergens as well. Squirrels can hide peanuts or tree nuts in your yard. A visit to a park or playground will require hyper vigilance for cross-contamination from visitors enjoying picnics with peanut butter sandwiches, candies, or trail mix. Carry your epinephrine, wash hands frequently, and have a safe and wonderful summer!

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