Relationships and Dating
The Kissing Study
Did you know that kissing someone who has recently eaten your allergen can lead to a reaction? A 2006 study found that peanut residue gradually disappeared from the mouth, reaching undetectable levels if participants waited a few hours and had a peanut-free meal.
Many people tell us that their significant others avoid the allergy-causing food on days when they will be hanging out together. Others say their significant others have cut the allergen out of their diets entirely. Talk to your doctor and your date about what makes the most sense for your situation.
Top Tips for Dating with Food Allergies from FARE Teen Advisory Group
- Make sure your partner understands and respects your food allergies.
- Be patient, but firm. It may take a little education on your part, but if your partner is willing, they can learn.
- Ask about what they've eaten that day before you kiss.
- Teach your partner how to use your epinephrine auto-injector.
- Always carry two epinephrine auto-injectors with you, even if you don't plan to eat.
- Choose food-free dates like the movies, bowling, a walk in the park, etc.
- Make food together. Cooking together will not only mean safe food, but can be a great bonding activity.
- Check with a restaurant about whether they can accommodate you before you go.
Personal Anecdotes from Teens Who Have Been There
Relationships are tough, but these personal stories from Teen Advisory Group will remind you you're not alone!