Food Allergies: Tips for Eating Out
Whether you're trying to avoid peanuts or dairy products, experts offer strategies for dining safely at restaurants.
Food Allergy: Preplanning Strategies
Phone the restaurant ahead of time and find out what its policy is on
serving people with food allergies. "Ask if they have accommodated other
people with food allergies and ask what they ordered, and how they went about
letting the restaurant know about their problems," Field tells WebMD.
Tell the wait staff about your food allergy when you arrive. Having an
allergy card to hand to your server may help, too. These small business-size
cards feature your name and food allergy and all offending ingredients with a
request that the kitchen leave them off any dish you order.
You could also try "Allernotes," preprinted sticky notes detailing
your food allergy that the server attaches directly to your order. Allernotes
sell for $8.50 for 100, while printable allergy cards are available free
If you'll be traveling to a foreign country, for $10 you can create a food
allergy card in your native language that is then automatically translated into
the language of your choice.
While they cards won't replace a discussion with restaurant staff, they can
help you get your message across.
Make sure to have your food allergy medications with you such as injectable
epinephrine and an antihistamine. A severe allergic reaction can be
life-threatening, so it is important to have your emergency medication with