Why are food allergies so dangerous?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Food allergies are dangerous because the severity of a reaction can go from mild to life-threatening rapidly.  Even trace amounts can cause a reaction in someone who is allergic. The allergen doesn’t even have to be ingested to cause a reaction; skin contact or inhalation of protein (e.g., steam from cooking an allergen) can sometimes trigger it.

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