Food allergies are not to be sniffed at

Some food allergies, though rare, can have severe consequences for people suffering from them

Allergies are becoming more common around the world. Even the inhalation of cooking fumes can, in rare cases, trigger a reaction severe enough to kill.

Earlier this month in the United States, an 11-year-old boy, who was allergic to seafood, reportedly died after inhaling the fumes of cod fish being cooked.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2019, with the headline 'Food allergies are not to be sniffed at'. Subscribe