For the 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, going out to dinner can be a real ordeal, here are some useful tips to follow.
Call the restaurant ahead of time and make sure that they can accomodate an allergy free meal.
Always carry your autoinjectable epinepherine with you.
Decontaminate cooking and eating surfaces as cross contamination between foods can trigger allergic reactions.
High allergic type of restaurants (Asian and Mexican) use a lot of nuts and peanuts in foods, be aware.
Educate family and friends how to recognize allergic reactions and how to treat them.
Talk to the waiter, manager and chef about your food allergies and be very specific what you are allergic to so they can prepare an appropriate meal without any cross contaminents.
Finally, enjoy your meal! There is no reason you can’t have a fun and healthy meal with your family and friends at your favorite restaurants with preparation.