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How to have an allergen-free Valentine’s Day 

Many regard Valentine’s Day as the most romantic day of the year, however it can sometimes present challenges for people who are at risk of serious allergic reactions. 
Allergens find their way into a variety of products and situations, including chocolates, restaurants and even sharing a kiss with a loved one, making it difficult to relax if you’re affected by anaphylaxis
Tips to decrease the risk of a severe allergic reaction this Valentine's Day 
Chocolates may seem like an ideal gift this Valentine’s Day, but chocolate can contain many of the 14 major food allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts and cow’s milk, as well as some less common ones. 
Speak about your allergies with your partner first and if you do receive an edible gift, always remember to check the label, and keep two adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) with you at all times, just in case. 
Eating Out or Ordering In 
Whilst a romantic meal for two can be the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, for people living with a food allergy it can cause unwanted stress. 
By law, food businesses must be able to provide information on any of the top 14 food allergens used as ingredients in catered food sold without packaging. 
It is advisable to phone the restaurant or takeaway in advance to ask whether they will help you choose a suitable meal. Speak with the staff and inquire about the ingredients, the preparation process, and the likelihood of cross-contamination. When your food is served, double-check that it has been made safely and is free of any allergens that you may have. 
It's best to go somewhere else if you're not satisfied that your request is being treated seriously. 
Always carry your adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) with you. 
If you have suffered an allergic reaction, whether it was mild or life-threatening, due to undeclared allergens in food, then you could be eligible to make a NO WIN NO FEE food allergy claim with our food allergy specialist solicitors. 
For further information, please visit our Food Allergy Claims or Food Allergy Compensation Claims Guide pages. 

Suffered a food allergy reaction, in the last 3 years?  Call 01772 783314 Or, fill in your details and our personal injury solicitors will contact you within one working hour. 

It may not be obvious, but kissing can be risky if someone eats food that their partner is allergic to. Allergens can remain in saliva for several hours, anywhere between 2 and 24 hours, and even brushing teeth may not get rid of them effectively. 
Just in case always keep two adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) with you. 
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