Teens in the Real World

This website is designed for young adults who want to take a more active role in managing their food allergies.

Embarrassing Stories

FAAN Teens share some of their embarrassing moments that resulted because of their food allergies.

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FAANTeen Emily has created a website that sells singing grams to raise money for food allergy research. She recorded 100 grams to help celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other events. Visit her website to hear some samples.

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"I recently went to dinner with a friend and his family. When the appetizer came, it looked like innocent chips and dip, but to my horror it was crab dip! I am allergic to shellfish and ended up miserable for the rest of the night after my throat swelled up. Luckily, I have only a minor allergy. For some, this could have been fatal. Make sure to ask about items before you taste."

~Heather age 19, allergic to shellfish

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I had a minor reaction on Christmas Eve a few years ago, and was covered in hives. My family was nervous about anaphylaxis, but I had no symptoms at that point, so I treated the hives and monitored symptoms. I made an appointment with my allergist to discuss the reaction, who said the reaction could have progressed fully to anaphylaxis and that the next time something similar happens I should go to the ER. This taught me that no matter how inconvenient, it is always smarter to be safe - even on Christmas!

~Caitlin age 19

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