Dating is hard, especially in Houston. Add in some food allergies and other dietary restrictions and you may feel like it is almost impossible.
According to your Houston allergist, the only way for someone with a food allergy to be completely safe is to know exactly what you are allergic to.
Food Allergy Testing
Food allergies can be diagnosed through a blood test, which is able to measure the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies present in your blood.
If blood testing is negative, an oral food challenge can also be performed in order to rule out a food allergy. This test takes place in the Houston clinic where you will be under constant medical supervision. This ensures if you experience an allergic reaction it can be treated immediately. The food in question is ingested in small amounts and the challenge is stopped at the first sign of a reaction. After a few hours, if no reaction has occurred, you are no longer allergic.
If the cause of the allergy symptoms cannot be determined, an elimination diet is recommended. Potential trigger foods are eliminated from your diet for a few weeks. If the symptoms resolve, the eliminated food is most likely the culprit. To make sure, you may be asked to reintroduce the food back into your diet to see if the symptoms return.
Be Honest About Your Food Allergies
Now that you know what can cause an allergic reaction, it is time to be open and honest.
You should let your date know as soon as possible what you are allergic to and what needs to be done if something happens. While this is important to help make your dining experience safer, it also helps size up your date. If the relationship becomes serious you need to know they can handle the responsibly that comes with a severe food allergy.
Kissing and Food Allergies
A 2002 study found that allergic reactions from kissing are not uncommon; as many as 5.3 percent of participants in the study experienced a reaction.
Your Houston allergist recommends waiting four to five hours between the non-allergic partner eating a food and kissing. If the non-allergic partner has a meal in-between and brushes their teeth that can also help eliminate the threat of an allergic reaction.
The easiest and best way to prevent a reaction is for the non-allergic partner to simply avoid the problematic foods.
Restaurants and Food Allergies
We are now in the golden age of food allergies. With gluten intolerances and dairy-free lifestyles working their way into the mainstream world, more and more restaurants are catering to food allergies.
If you want more tips on how to date safely with food allergies, schedule an appointment with your Houston allergist today.