For lots of people, allergy treatment is reactive. You get stuffed up, your eyes water, and then you go to the medicine cabinet for relief. But many doctors say that we’ve got it the wrong way around. Instead, we should be taking the medicine before we have symptoms. Call it allergy pretreatment.
“We always tell people to start taking medicine before the allergy season begins,” says Jonathan A. Bernstein MD, an allergist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati. “People...
Always read labels. In the U.S., "soy" must be listed on the label if it’s in a food.
Be careful about eating at Asian restaurants. Even if you order a soy-free dish, you could still be exposed because the ingredient is used so often in Asian cooking. A cook might use the same utensil on soy and non-soy dishes. Explain that you need to be sure your food doesn’t touch soy in any way.
Ask your doctor about soy oil and lecithin. Most people with soy allergies can handle soy oil. The same goes for soy lecithin, which is often used in chocolate candy, peanut butter, and margarine. Your doctor or an allergist can help you figure out if they’re OK for you.