Allergic reactions are an illness that develops in the event that your body’s immune system perceives an ingredient, such as one particular food item as an adversity “invader” and then overreacts it. The substances that trigger allergic reactions are known as allergens. They are the substances that cause an immune response which is also known as the allergy reaction.
What Are the Top 14 Food Allergens?
- The milk of cows
- Tree nuts
- Sesame and various seeds
- aspirin and salicylates
What Are Symptoms of Food Allergies?
The symptoms of food food allergies generally manifest within a matter of minutes after eating a specific trigger food. These symptoms can include:
- Hives or red skin itchy
- The nose is itchy or stuffy
- Eyes that are itchy and watery
- Stomach cramps
- Angioedema or swelling
- Anaphylaxis, which is a serious allergic reaction is an emergency medical condition. If you notice any of the symptoms listed below, contact 911 and go to an emergency department at a hospital.
- The throat is tight or a lump that appears in the throat
- Chest tightness
- Trouble breathing
- Tingling in your hand, feet, lips as well as scalp
How Are Food Allergies Diagnosed?
Allergies can be diagnosed with an medical history and physical examination.
Tests to determine if a food item is causing allergy could include:
- Skin prick food allergy test
- Tests for blood (specific IgE, Immuno CAP test)
- Food challenge tests administered by a physician
What Is the Treatment for Food Allergies?
The most effective remedy in the case of allergies to food is to stay away from those foods that trigger reactions that cause an allergy.
In the case of mild allergic reactions, antihistamines could ease the symptoms.
If you suffer from severe food sensitivities and may be susceptible to anaphylaxis the doctor may recommend auto-injectable epinephrine for carrying always in case of an allergic reaction.