Food Allergies

Food allergies are common and should be evaluated in the same manner as if a patient stated they had a drug allergy.

The chief complaint is written as part of a patient’s records before dental treatment in rendered.

In the objective portion of the record drug and food allergies are documented.

Emergency dental care Kansas City sees a wide variety of oral health related problems revealing drug and food allergies.

Supplements are used at an increasing frequency because of their high level of safety.

Healthcare practitioners understand the need to ask patients what drugs they are allergic to as well as aligning questioning with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA).

The act applies to the majority of packaged food products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The law requires that packaged food products which include an ingredient that contains protein from any of the top eight allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, soy, wheat, and Crustacean shellfish) be labeled in one of two ways: the allergen must be named in either the ingredient list or a separate ‘Contains’ statement immediately following or next to the ingredient list.

FALCPA also required a federal standard to be set defining the term “gluten-free” and rules for using the term on product labels. The FDA announced on August 2, 2013 that if a product bears the label “gluten-free,” the food must contain less than 20 ppm gluten, as well as meet other criteria.

The rule also applies to products labeled “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten.”

The labeling of food products as “gluten-free” is a voluntary action for manufacturers.

Patients that read labels on the supplements and food items they consume can take control of their health.

Curtailing the over consumption of foods and snacks high in sugar is definitely a step in the right direction.

Where possible use supplements to replace prescription medication if it can be done with safety after consulting your prescribing physician.

Food allergies kept in proper perspective keep you as the patient safe from their harmful reactions.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.

Published by Artis

I am a dentist in the Kansas City, MO. area willing to help in the world where dental health care is needed and appreciated. To date we have established a dental clinic in Israel and evaluated the healthcare delivery system in Havana Cuba. Serving my community at this time as a photo journalist also.

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