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Food Allergies

A food allergy is an abnormal response to food, triggered by the body's immune system. Symptoms of a food induced allergic reaction may range from mild to severe and may become life-threatening. Reactions very with each person. Each exposure to a food allergen and the severity of an allergic reaction in not predicable.
These 8 foods account for about 90% of all reactions, many of which are ingredients in prepared foods:
  • eggs,
  • milk,
  • peanuts,
  • tree nuts,
  • fish,
  • shellfish,
  • wheat, and
  • soy.
Although most allergic reactions are attributed to these eight foods, any food has the potential of causing a reaction. Early recognition and management of allergic reactions are important to the safety of children with food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.

Caring for students with diagnosed food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis requires a collaborative partnership with the students, parents, healthcare providers, and school staff. HISD has created a Food Allergy Management Plan based on the recommendations provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services document below.


Parents should contact their school nurse to share information regarding diagnosed food allergies and to create a care plan.