Food allergies can be extremely variable, from a trivial stomach upset to a life-threatening episode of anaphylaxis. It is very hard to predict the severity of a future reaction, but it is extremely important that you know if your reaction is an allergic one or not. Skin testing may be helpful, and sometimes we do a blood test for specific allergen sensitivity (sometimes called a RAST).
Helpful websites for individuals with food allergies
If you have concerns about food labelling or need to know what is in a commercial product, you may find the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website helpful. You can also call 1.800.667.2657. The Health Hazards line is for complaints from consumers at 1.800.701.237
The Index of Food Recalls site is also helpful. Information on food recalls is available by phone the Canadian Food Inspection agency at 1-800-442- 2342
The Association of Allergists and Immunologists of Quebec is a wealth of information. Aussi disponible en français.
The Food Allergy Network includes lots of information, and helpful email alerts, although they are primarily directed toward US consumers.
PeanutAllergy.com is a website completely dedicated to peanuts.
Food Allergy Canada is a website that includes discussions of all different kinds of anaphylaxis and food allergies.