The best way to protect yourself from cookies is to keep them away from your eyes and ears.
But that’s not always easy.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, more than one-third of people who experience problems with cookies, including eye and throat irritation, and stomach upset, don’t know how to properly remove them.
“Some people may not have any knowledge of how to safely remove cookies,” says Dr. Jennifer Dickey, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of South Florida School of Medicine.
“Others may not even realize how to remove them.”
For those with a limited knowledge of the subject, this is a challenge.
Dickey recommends that you check with your doctor before taking any steps to remove cookies from your body.
“When people are in the kitchen, they’re cooking,” she says.
“Cookies can be placed in the bottom of the bowl and then you can place them in the food.
If you’re cooking food, you want to know how you can safely remove the cookies.”
For some, this knowledge gap is insurmountable.
“There are a lot of people that are just completely clueless,” says Jennifer A. Jones, M.D., a practicing dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
“It’s just really hard to know where to start.”
Dickey says that when people don’t understand how to correctly remove cookies, the only solution is to seek professional help.
“The best thing you can do is educate yourself, educate your friends and family,” she explains.
To learn more about the dangers of eating foods containing ingredients such as cocoa and chocolate, Dr. Jones recommends learning more about them.
“Know the ingredients and what they’re supposed to do, and be educated about the ingredients,” she advises.
You can find more information on cookies and other food allergies in the CDC’s guide to food allergies, which is available at www.cdc.gov/allergy/prevention/prevent-allergies.