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Food allergy-friendly tips for the Fourth of July!

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If you’re commemorating the nation’s birthday with some time outside, your to-do list this year might look daunting. But with advance preparation, we can safely share fun al fresco with loved ones this Fourth of July.

Are you holding or attending a barbeque? Check out these summer cookout tips for hosts and guests. From communicating needs and preventing cross-contact with problem foods to allergy-friendly sunscreens and safe ways to store epinephrine, having a plan in advance makes it easier to enjoy the moment.

Enjoying outdoor activities? Depending on where you’re walking, you might bring home unwelcomed guests that can transmit diseases, including some that can cause allergies to meat! Wearing covered shoes and tucking your pants into your socks can make it harder for ticks to latch on to you, but even if you take these precautions, you should also check yourself and your companions for these nasty bloodsuckers once you’re back from your ramble. To learn more about how the bite of a lone star tick can make you allergic to the alpha-gal sugar found in beef, pork and other mammalian meats, click here.

If you’re capping off the Fourth with a bang, whether at a town gathering or in your backyard, remember that smoke from fireworks can be an asthma trigger. If you’re sensitive to smoke, an N95 mask can filter out many of the irritating particles. And, always, always carry your medications with you. You should be able to access your epinephrine auto-injectors and your rescue inhaler as soon as you know you need them.

Have fun, everyone, and stay safe!

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