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Health Tip: Dining Out With Food Allergies

Plan ahead before your meal

(HealthDay News) -- Restaurants aren't off-limits if you have a severe food allergy, but you should plan ahead to make sure you stay safe.

The Food Allergy Research and Education website advises:

  • Call the restaurant and speak with the chef about which menu items are safe choices.
  • Plan your meal times within the first hour of meal service, so the restaurant is less busy and the staff more alert.
  • Bring a chef card that explains your allergies.
  • Always bring an epinephrine pen, a medical ID bracelet and any medications you may need.
  • Ask around for allergy-friendly restaurants, or opt for a chain restaurant that is allergy-aware and likely has the same menu at any location.

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