What You Need to Know about Food Allergies
Food isn’t just for nourishing our bodies, it can also be an incredibly satisfying and positive experience for our emotions and well-being. If you live to eat rather than eat to live then you may be concerned when you start noticing brain fog, bloating, gas and other problems whenever you finish eating. Could it be a food allergy? Here’s what you should know,
Common Food Allergies
While there are well over 100 different foods that can cause allergic reaction there are only eight foods that most commonly cause allergies. These eight foods are,
- Shellfish (e.g. crab; shrimp)
- Tree nuts
Wondering if you or your child could be dealing with a food allergy If you notice any of these symptoms up to two hours after eating then you could be dealing with a food allergy,
- Rash or hives
- Itchy mouth
- Nasal congestion
- Facial swelling (including the lips and tongue)
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble breathing (in more severe cases)
What Is Anaphylaxis?
It is possible for food allergy symptoms to become dangerous and require immediate medical attention. A severe and dangerous allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis. While rare, it is more common in people with food-related allergies. Signs of anaphylaxis include,
- Swelling or narrowing of the throat
- Trouble breathing
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
While children are more likely to develop food allergies than adults it is also possible for them to grow out of their allergies as they get older. The best way to prevent allergy symptoms is to avoid the food altogether; however, if you’re not sure which food or foods could be causing your symptoms then it’s a good idea to see an allergist for testing.
Your allergist can also provide you with a list of foods that are safe to eat and what to avoid based on the results of your allergy test. We can also sit down with you and talk about how to read labels to look for possible allergens that you’ll want to avoid.
If you are concerned about a food allergy it’s a good idea to record your symptoms, including when they occurred and what you were eating at the time. This can shed some light on what foods could be to blame when you visit your doctor.