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A Simple Food Allergy Can Be Fatal: True Or False?

Jan 3, 2008
Food allergy affects almost everyone at some point in his or her lives. Usually, people that feels something unpleasant right after they ate tends to think that they are experiencing allergic reactions to the food. Actually, only one percent of adults and three percent of children are clinically proven to have food allergies.

The major difference of food allergy and the way a person reacts to an unusual feeling after meals is because he or she mistakes food intolerance from food allergy. Food intolerance is a widespread condition that occurs in various diseases, which is usually triggered by several mechanisms in the body. On the other hand, food allergy is an unusual response to food, which is triggered by a negative reaction in the immune system that is expressed by physical symptoms.

People who have allergic reactions to certain foods should be able to identify these sources in order to prevent them. While many of the symptoms of food allergy are mild with only a few physical symptoms, these reactions could become a life-threatening illness that could lead to death.

The common signs of food allergies include swelling of the tongue, lips, throat, face and other body parts, abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, lightheadedness, hives, eczema, itching and tingling inside the mouth. The symptoms you will experience depend on the type of food sources you are allergic to.

In severe conditions known as anaphylaxis, the patient could experience life-threatening symptoms such as rapid pulse, loss of consciousness; airway constrictions that lead to loss of breathe and shock with a significant drop in the blood pressure levels. When any of these symptoms occur, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately.

Treatment Of Food Allergies

Just like other kinds of allergies, the most effective way to avoid the occurrence of allergic reactions from food is to avoid the sources of your allergies. However, not everyone can avoid allergens since some foods contain hidden ingredients that you may not be aware of, especially if you regularly eat in restaurants and food chains.

When food allergy strikes, you will be given adrenaline shots (epinephrine) from the emergency room. You will also keep on hand for emergencies when no professional help is available. These epinephrine shots are critical for patents diagnosed with anaphylaxis.

For mild cases of food allergy, doctors usually prescribe antihistamines for relieving discomfort and controlling the allergic reactions. Creams and lotions are also used to reduce inflammation and relieve skin irritations.

If you don't prefer to take medicines for the rest of your life, you can simply detect all food sources that you cause these allergies and avoid them for good. You can always choose to take medications when the symptoms persist.
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