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Students with Food Allergies

If you are a student with food allergies, dealing with dorm life can be a challenge. Many of your peers may not have exposure to anaphylactic allergies and do not understand the danger. It is important to keep your friends informed and take precautions to ensure your living environment is safe.

For example, an allergy sufferer meets his roommate for the first time and explains he is allergic to peanuts. His well-intending roommate loves peanut butter and promises to be careful whenever he eats peanut butter in the room. "I'll keep the peanut butter on my side of the room. How dangerous can it be?" This is a typical response and is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the severity of anaphylactic allergies. They do not understand the risk of simply being in the same room as an allergy-triggering food.

One way to educate people is to show them videos. There are plenty of short, entertaining videos available online. They are geared to specific ages, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.

According to Dr. James R. Baker, Jr. who is the CEO and chief medical officer of an organization called Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), “The biggest misconception people have about food allergies is that it’s simply some type of an annoyance, that it’s not a real clinical illness.”

Here are a few tips to explain food allergies to students and dining hall staff:

  1. Take your allergy seriously. This will cause others will take you seriously as well. Always carry an Epi pen with you.
  2. Share stories about ER visits and allergic reactions. People around you need to know you're not exaggerating the danger.
  3. Describe what an allergic reaction looks like to your friends. That way they will be able to identify symptoms and help if needed.
  4. Engage your friends and kitchen staff. They may notice a food you are allergic to on your plate. The more people looking out for you, the safer you will be.
  5. Teach your friends how to use the Epi pen. If you're suffering a bad reaction, it may be difficult to inject yourself.
  6. Purchase a customized EMA Care allergy card. These cards are available in several languages and contain information about your allergy and first aid treatment.

Have an emergency plan and share it with your university/ yeshiva/ seminary/ gap year program.

If you or your friend experiences an allergic reaction, take immediate action. Do not panic. Learn how to use an Epi pen.

In case of an anaphylactic reaction, there are two important steps you must take. Inject the Epi pen and call for help. In some cases, you may need to inject a second dose of an Epi pen 5-15 minutes later, if symptoms do not subside. For this reason, doctors recommend always keeping two Epi pens with you. Afterwards, stay with your friend until help arrives. If you follow these simple steps, you can save your friend's life!

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What Our Clients Say

Meticulous in their preparations

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

Comfortable, calm, and at ease

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!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

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.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

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

Thank You

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

The Allergy Card was Extremely Helpful

"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

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