Food allergies are an increasingly common issue in America, with 8% or 1 in 13 children affected. Allergy symptoms can range from the mild, like a runny nose, to the more severe and life-threatening, like anaphylaxis.
Even though the problem is quite common, many people with food allergies still feel stigmatized. It is refreshing to see celebrities openly and candidly discuss food allergies.
Celebrities with Peanut Allergies
Peanuts are one of the most common allergens. Tennis star Serena Williams and singer Kelly Clarkson both have peanut allergies. Malia Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker’s son both carry epinephrine injectors with them for their severe allergies to peanuts. Actor Joshua Jackson and comedian Bill Hader have both been rushed to the hospital for their peanut allergies.
While avoiding gluten may be a chic thing to do now, a gluten allergy is a real and debilitating medical condition. Chelsea Clinton is allergic to gluten and served a gluten-free cake at her wedding. Jessica Simpson and Zooey Deschanel are allergic to wheat, which contains gluten. Miley Cyrus opened up about her gluten and lactose allergies after having her weight criticized.
Ariana Grande is allergic to bananas and tomatoes. Clay Aiken is allergic to coffee, chocolate, and mushrooms, among other things. Halle Berry and Steve Martin are allergic to shellfish. Busy Phillips is allergic to soy. On top of her wheat allergy, Jessica Simpson is also allergic to cheese, coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, chilis and corn.
Allergies can affect anyone at any time and are a serious medical condition that can severely impact quality of life. If you or anyone you know has symptoms of a food allergy, do not hesitate to get allergy testing done. A sinus doctor or allergist can guide allergy treatment.