It’s #FoodAllergyAwarenessWeek, a great time to gain and spread awareness of the mechanisms behind food allergies regardless of whether you are a sufferer or care for someone who is.
We recommend two videos that together will give you a solid understanding of how individuals develop food allergies and what happens in the body during an allergic reaction.
The first is an explainer from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), an association of clinicians, researchers, allied health professionals dedicated to improving the health of people affected by allergic diseases. It describes the process behind developing a food allergy:
The second is from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) whose mission is to conduct and support basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. It describes what happens during an allergic reaction:
Consider sharing these videos with family, friends, your child’s teachers, and anyone else who might benefit from a better understanding of food allergies. You can do so by using the share buttons at the top and bottom of this article.