Resources for Food Allergy Patients & Families

Managing a food allergy can be complicated for patients and their families alike. It involves finding new ways to eat, avoiding risky foods, carrying medication, being prepared to treat allergic reactions and teaching others about your condition, among other challenges. The University of Michigan Food Allergy Clinic makes it easier by providing education and resources.

Individualized nursing support

Our Food Allergy Nurse, Nancy Polmear-Swendris, MS, RN, has worked as a clinical allergy nurse at the University of Michigan since 1979. As a member of the Food Allergy Clinic medical team, she is deeply committed to educating patients, families and caregivers about food allergy. She also works extensively with schools, camps and community organizations to train staff and to advocate for the needs of food allergy patients.

Nancy provides individualized help with:

  • Transitions to Day Care/Caregivers
  • School Planning for Food-Allergic Children and Accommodations
  • Advocating for Your Child or Yourself
  • Educating Your “Community”
  • Carrying and Using Medication
  • Reading Ingredient Labels
  • Calling Food Companies
  • Dining out
  • Travel
  • Camp
  • Other quality-of-life issues

Contact Nancy Polmear-Swendris, MS, RN, at 734-232-2161 or via email to discuss your personal food allergy concerns.

Food allergy basics

These organizations are a good place to start for anyone newly diagnosed with a food allergy. They provide an overview of the condition, as well as health management strategies and education.

Travel

Information and services that make travel easier and safer for people with food allergies. Contact the FOOD ALLERGY CLINIC prior to your trip if you need assistance with a plan or letter.

Epinephrine auto-injector training

Medical identification services

Medical identification is recommended for all food allergy patients. Medical IDs provide life-saving information about your medical condition to emergency responders. There are a wide variety of companies that provide medical IDs and services. Please contact us if you would like guidance or assistance with medical identification.

 

For teens and young adults

Sites for teens/young adults learning to manage food allergies and advocate for themselves: 

Food allergy research

Current research articles, summaries and information about clinical trials:

Food allergy ingredient alerts

Sign up to receive free email alerts about mislabeled/recalled foods and product ingredient changes that may affect people with food allergies — via Kids with Food Allergies.

Allergy-related medical conditions

The following websites provide a general overview. Consult your board-certified physician for more information.

The University of Michigan Food Allergy Clinic provides these website links as a service to our patients. We make every effort to ensure that this list is reviewed and updated regularly. However, the U-M Food Allergy Clinic cannot and does not guarantee that the content on these websites is absolutely current. We cannot be responsible for misinformation that may be accessed through the links provided. As always, the Internet is not a tool for self-diagnosis and is not a substitute for professional care.