Food allergy survival tips for travelers

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  1. sobore
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    Frequent flier Henry DeLozier learns how to say he cannot eat shellfish in the local language before he heads abroad.

    DeLozier, a consultant in Phoenix who is allergic to shellfish, also follows a handful of self-imposed rules.

    "Eat only what you recognize as safe, and, if you have doubt, don't eat it," he says. "Carry carrots and celery from home as a backup."

    Studies show that about 78 million Americans have food allergies or food intolerance, or are following gluten-free diets, according to Kim Koeller, the founder of health education company GlutenFree Passport.

    Many of them do as DeLozier does: They use strategies to prevent an allergic reaction from spoiling a business trip.

    Frequent business traveler Ryan Endress of Chicago, for instance, asks an employee at his hotel in a foreign country to write on paper in the local language that he cannot eat shellfish. He can then present it at a restaurant.

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    carry a perishable item instead of a non perishable??
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    I used Select Wisely to order dairy allergy cards for Russia trip - laminated with local language and pictures - really helped and my guide thought they were great.
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