50 Things People Managing Food Allergies Wish You Knew

May 12-18, 2019 is Food Allergy Awareness Week. While those of us with food allergies consistently make efforts to educate, and advocate all year long, Food Allergy Awareness Week provides us with a unique opportunity to come together for a common cause.

For last year’s Food Allergy Awareness Week, I wrote a post entitled 10 Things I Wish People Knew About Life as a Food Allergy Parent where I wrote about (you guessed it!) many of the things I often find myself wishing that others knew about life with food allergies, specifically as they pertain to being an allergy parent.

This year, however, I decided to do something a little different, in the hopes that I could give others managing food allergies their own venue for sharing the things they most want others to be aware of when it comes to food allergies. A chance to (in their own words) explain to others the things they deem most important, as they relate to life with allergies.

To do so, I asked a number of people that manage food allergies the following question (via Facebook):

The response I received was overwhelming! As of the writing of this post, I have received somewhere around 200 responses, and the answers are still coming in. The following quotes have been carefully selected from those responses.

Read on for 50 things that people managing food allergies wish you knew!

**In order to protect responders privacy and personal information, all quotations have been shared anonymously, without names or personally identifiable information.**



As always, thank you for reading, and thank you to everyone that contributed to this post by sharing your responses with me!


Have something to add? Perhaps there i s something that you wish people knew about food allergies? If so, be sure to let us know in the comment section below! 🙂

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Love this! So glad you posted it.

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! 💜

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  2. Holly says:

    Thank you! The only thing I would add is that dairy allergy is not the same as lactose intolerance. My son won’t get a belly ache, he’ll actually die.

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    1. Very true! My kiddo is anaphylactic to dairy, so I completely understand. We always have to stress the severity of his allergy when meeting people for the first time, and make it clear that it is not the same thing as lactose intolerance.

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  3. Lourdes says:

    Thank you! Please don’t remind us how awful it is not to be able to eat certain foods. For example, how awful it is not to be able to eat ice cream or pizza. We are reminded way too much every time we smell or see others eating the foods we can’t eat.

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    1. This is so very true! I can relate to these feelings so much!

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  4. Lourdes says:

    Please don’t remind us how awful it is not to be able to eat certain foods. For example, how awful it is not to be able to eat ice cream or pizza. We are reminded way too much every time we smell or see others eating the foods we can’t eat.

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    1. Yes! This is such a great point, and one that I don’t think many people consider.

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