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.