Teens in the Real World
Food Allergies in the Real World


I am starting middle school this year. What advice do you have for someone with food allergies going into a new school?

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Be Prepared for the Holidays!

The holiday season is so often focused on food. Before you get wrapped up in the excitement (and the break from school!), give some thought as to how you will handle your food allergies.

Anaphylaxis: Being Prepared

Our featured article this month reminds us about the importance of staying safe and being prepared to handle an allergic reaction.

Increasing Awareness

In a recent FAAN study, 68% of teens with food allergies said they thought educating their friends would make it easier to live with a food allergy. Read about how other teens have increased awareness in their communities, and check out 6 ways you can increase awareness in yours.

The Dating Game

While dating can be exciting and fun, it can also prove to be a nerve-wracking experience—even before your food allergy enters the mix. But by talking openly with your date about your food allergy, you’ll be able to relax and focus on how much you like your date… which, after all, is the point of dating. Check out our 5 quick tips for having the big discussion.

Kissing and Food Allergies

Just because you have a food allergy doesn't mean you have to avoid dating, but it does mean that you have to be extra careful when locking lips with someone new. A new research study shows that when it comes to kissing with a food allergy, a little communication goes a long way.

In Honor of Friendship

True friends are always there to pick us up when we are feeling down, to support all our efforts, and to love us for who we are. Several teens wrote in to tell us about how their friends help them manage their food allergies. Read about their friends, and tell us about yours, too.

Learning to Take Control

Do you feel like your parents are always on your back about your food allergy? Learn how to take the lead in managing your food allergy on a day-to-day basis, so that you’ll be ready to take those impromptu road trips, go on vacations with friends, and head off to college on your own in the future.

Dear FAANTeen Archives

Have you ever been in a situation where you weren’t quite sure how to manage your food allergies? Ever wonder how other teens have handled certain scenarios? Ask someone who’s been there.

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