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10 common allergy myths

By: Katherine Butler on June 2, 2011, 7:54 a.m.
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One small bite is OK

“Less than one little bite can cause a severe reaction in some with a food allergy," according the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. "Some individuals with food allergies have experienced reactions to trace amounts of the allergen in the food.” Simply consuming less of a food will not lessen your allergic reaction. In fact, some people are so sensitive to certain foods — most commonly peanuts — that they fear the consequences of boarding a airplane, where recirculated air will put them in contact with hostile allergens.