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Food Allergies

Information about Food Allergies 

We Have to Know about the Food Allergies 

  • Food allergy — a reaction triggered by the immune system

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • If sensitivity is increased?

Causes of Food Allergies 

  • Your immune system mistakenly identifies a specific food or a component of food as a harmful substance, and produce antibodies to fight culprit food or food component.

The great majority of food allergies are triggered by certain proteins in:

  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish, such as shrimp, lobster, and crab
  • Tree nuts, such as walnuts and pecans

In children, food allergies are also commonly triggered by proteins in these foods:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Wheat
  • Soybeans

Do’s and Don’ts of Food Allergies 

  • The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to know and avoid foods that cause signs and symptoms

Signs & Symptoms of Food Allergies 

  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Hives, itching or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat, or other parts of the body
  • Wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting

In a severe allergic reaction to food called anaphylaxis you may have more extreme symptoms including these life-threatening signs and symptoms:

  • Constriction of airways, including a swollen throat or a lump in your throat, that makes it difficult to breathe
  • Shock, with a severe drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

Medical advice for Food Allergies

  • Seek emergency treatment if you develop any signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis
  • If you experience food allergy symptoms shortly after eating.

Risk factors of Food Allergies

  • You’re at increased risk of food allergies if other allergies, such as hay fever, asthma, hives or eczema, are common in your family.

Treatment for Food Allergies 

  • Medicines[anti-histaminie and vasoconstrictor]

Self-care for Food Allergies 

  • The only way to avoid an allergic reaction is to avoid the foods that cause signs and symptoms.

Investigations for Food Allergies

  • Blood Test
  • Physical Examination

 

Causes of Food Allergies
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