Advising husbands, wives and others who might cause an allergic person to have a reaction through intimate contact like touching, kissing and more, the Food and Drug Administration is warning those partners to also avoid completely those foods and other substances that cause bad reactions in their sensitive loved ones. Short of complete avoidance of those allergic substances, couples should at least refrain from contact within 24 hours of eating the offending foods.
In a surprise discovery researchers have seen that partners of allergic people can trigger an allergic reaction in their sensitive partners by eating the forbidden foods themselves, and brushing teeth and washing hands before contact is not enough. Depending on the degree of sensitivity such contact with people after eating things like peanut butter, or other substances can cause even fatal reactions in their loved ones.
According to Dr. Sami Bahna, the president of the American College of Allergy, recent research points to the fact that small traces of the offending foods remain in the saliva or other body fluids up to 24 hours after ingestion, and brushing teeth and other efforts at cleaning away the food are just not enough.
“People need to know that intimate contact with individuals who’ve eaten or consumed suspect foods or medicines can also cause problems,” said Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, a clinical instructor at New York University’s School of Medicine, New York City, and an attending physician in the allergy and immunology department of Long Island College Hospital. “So, for people with a significant food allergy it’s always better to play it safe by making sure that everyone knows that in all situations these foods are strictly off-limits.”