It’s very hard not to feel overwhelmed when discovering something like this but with time and understanding of the condition it does become more manageable.
I’m assuming you’ve been given oral antihistamine therapy to give your daughter in case she develops any signs of an allergic reaction, while waiting for the review. This is the first line of treatment for anyone suffering from a food allergy, who inadvertently comes into contact with a food they should be avoiding.
Epipens are also commonly given if oral antihistamines aren’t found to be enough to stop the allergic response or if the response is quite severe. I am enclosing information from the NHS about food allergies including peanuts which is very comprehensive and useful to have, it gives you guidance on both living with and managing the condition, the types of treatments and red flags to watch for indicating emergency care is required. It’s worth noting that with good management the need for emergency care can usually be avoided.
As a general rule of thumb the key things you can do are as follows:
You can read much more about this and food allergy treatment and management in this NHS Food allergy factsheet.
I do hope you find this information useful as you wait for your follow up appointment. If during this time you become concerned that your daughter’s condition is worse in any way, please speak to your GP, who will give any initial treatment that may be needed. They may also ask for the follow up appointment with the hospital to be brought forward if necessary.
Answered by the Health at Hand team
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