Food allergies are more common than you think


An allergy refers to an exaggerated reaction by our immune system in response to exposure to certain foreign substances.The protein in the food is the most common allergic component. Food allergies occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies a protein as harmful.

According to FARE, eight food items are responsible for 90 percent of food allergies. They are:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts (such as cashews or walnuts)
  • Wheat
  • Soya

Symptoms :

Mild symptoms related to a food allergy may include:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea

Mild symptoms related to a food allergy may include:

  • Difficulty breathing, including wheezing
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
  • Hives (an itchy, blotchy and raised rash)
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Nausea or vomiting

Prevention :

  • There is evidence that breastfeeding for at least 4 months, compared with feeding infants formula made with intact cow milk protein, prevents or delays the occurrence of atopic dermatitis, cow milk allergy, and wheezing in early childhood. – American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Be extra careful when eating in restaurants. Waiters (and sometimes the kitchen staff) may not always know the ingredients of every dish on the menu. Depending on your sensitivity, even just walking into a kitchen or a restaurant can cause an allergic reaction.
  • Have a strict diet schedule with lesser or no quantity of food that you are allergic to.

Diagnosis :

    If a patient’s symptoms are mild, a doctor may recommend keeping a food diary to record all of the foods you eat or drink to pinpoint the culprit. Another way to diagnose a mild food allergy is to remove certain foods from the diet and then slowly reintroduce them to find out if symptoms return.

Get a food allergy test done:

Source:Wikipedia , Healthline,Acaai