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A Useful Tool for Travellers with Food Allergies

Parents of food allergic children often worry about anaphylaxis when they travel away from home. Intolerance or sensitivity to non-immune-mediated undesirable food reactions (e.g. Lactose intolerance) is unpleasant, but does not pose a risk of anaphysics. These reactions are often wrongly diagnosed as IgE-mediated food allergies, and food allergy sufferers are restricted in their ability to eat. 

Allergic accidents have been reported in visits to the emergency room on peanut and nut allergies. There are difficulties associated with airline and restaurant travel when travelling with a person with nut allergy in particular, but strategies for peanut / nut allergy sufferers to stay safe when travelling have long since emerged.

An Internet-based qualitative survey using an anonymous questionnaire was conducted and published on the LIME Survey software to assess the impact of food allergies on travel decision-making, travel organisation and absence of allergy sufferers. The tool used was the Food Allergy Quality of Life Questionnaire (FAQLQ), developed by the international EuroPreventAll project and tested in several languages and is available in various forms for adults, patients, adolescents, parents and children under 8.

As a result, entities catering to travellers as an extension of offering food related services use the data to ensure quality standards that help customers with allergies to clearly identify those foods which they can consume and those which they should stay away from ordering. It’s naturally a kind of closed platform, which accepts reviews from restaurants, hotels, resorts, grocery stores and food website platforms to help people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, etc, plan their travels. It also provides celiac disease sufferers an excellent resource to share details about their own travel experiences and advice to other people about gluten-free diets. If that’s good for you, it means that you’ll also find tons of cookbooks, magazines, memoirs and blogs by others on their personal food allergy trips writing by others who try to remove certain ingredients from their diets in fun and delicious ways.

However, since it’s more of a commercial platform which operates on a B2B basis, as the end-user you’re not likely to come into contact with such a tool. You only benefit from the secondary market, like the food ordering platform from which you order your deliveries.

Basically, they relieve the stress of the preparation and monitoring of food so that you can enjoy your holiday and offer a carefree, hidden concierge experience to families who wish to travel with a child who has a life-threatening allergy. If you have a food allergy or a diet restriction, you don’t have to miss out. From crowdsourced information on which restaurants can accommodate certain types of food allergies to translation tools for implementing dietary planning, it all forms part of the user-facing service you take up. 

With careful planning and preparation, it is possible to travel with a child who has a life-threatening food allergy. For example, a trip to Thailand can be difficult for someone with an allergy to peanuts because peanuts and peanut oil are popular foods in dishes we are not used to. But with planning and preparation you can enjoy the journey and stay safe.