Suffice to say that people with food allergies will avoid foods that contain their allergen. They will check their food products for anything they might be allergic to, and they will only eat out in places they know are safe. However, most people don’t realize that many household items have hidden allergens or are more likely to carry allergens.
Soaps and cosmetics
Soaps and cosmetics may seem like an obvious guess because many soaps contain macadamia oil, nut oil, almond extract, or coconut oil. But it is essential to double-check before purchasing every item. Many companies don’t necessarily label oils and allergens. If you do not feel safe about a product, buy a different product or call the company and inquire about their labeling system.
Sunscreen is supposed to protect you from the sun, but it can cause harm to those with allergies. Sunscreen is tricky because most sunscreens won’t label oil. However, they might mark for Arachidyl glucoside and arachidic alcohol; both are derived from peanuts. Many companies do label. However, it is crucial to double-check before use.
Playdough is a fun and safe game for most kids. Most people don’t know what play dough contains wheat. Anyone who is allergic to wheat should avoid it (there are recipes online for making safe playdough without using wheat). Additionally, many hidden allergens and dirt can stick to the play dough. So, play dough may not be the safest toy for children who have allergies.
Carpeted floors are friendly, comfortable, great for kids, and cost-effective. However, when it comes to allergies, it is best to stay away from them. Many microscopic allergens and other dirt get caught in the carpet. Even with frequent vacuuming, it is hard to get rid of all the allergens. Most allergists recommend getting a floor that can be cleaned easily – like stone, hardwood floors, or tiles.
Additionally, some polish for floors contains nut oils. Therefore, before polishing your floors, be sure to double-check the ingredients for any allergens that they may have.
Having food allergies is challenging, and it can be hard to predict where one might encounter their allergen. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Awareness of food allergies has been growing over the last few years, and many laws make it mandatory to label any allergen. Nevertheless, we still recommend double-checking ingredients before use.
During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.
After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.
Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.
We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.
T.M., Chicago, USA
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!
We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.
My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!
It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)
We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!!
Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.
L.R., NY, NY
Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel. We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!
All the best,
S.C., New Jersey
We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.
T.G., Philadelphia, PA
"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew. The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”
G.A. Illinois USA
My family ordered a week's worth of food from Food Allergy Concierge during the most recent lockdown. Having the food on hand, and knowing that it was safe for everyone in the family to eat, helped turn the lockdown into a stay-cation! We were still able to take a break from cooking and worrying, and we look forward to using FAC's services again in the future.