Everything You Should Know about Food Allergies

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Food allergies are more common every day. It’s very important to be aware of any symptoms that your family member or anyone else may be experiencing so that they are not mistaken for a minor reaction.

Types of Allergies

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People with milk allergy tend to react as if milk was an invader that enters the body to destroy it, making the body go into shock as a way to stop the milk’s component to continue its way into the system. Symptoms can be fatal if unnoticed.

Common Symptomatology

Among the symptoms vomiting, weak pulse, shock or circulatory collapse, upset stomach, shortness of breath, the pale or blue colouring of skin, can all trigger anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis makes the body go into shock that affects breathing. However, it is a very rare but potentially fatal reaction.

Time of Reaction

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Most symptoms appear two hours after eating and sometimes they only take minutes. Some reactions can take up to six hours to show up. These usually occur in young people who develop eczema or people with a rare allergy to red meat. This allergy is usually the result of a Lone Star Tick bite.

Common Allergens

Some of the foods that often trigger these symptoms are eggs, peanuts, and milk.

How to Diagnose Food Allergies

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To make a diagnosis, allergists often ask about symptoms and medical history. They will ask questions about what and when you ate, how long the symptoms lasted, and what they were.

Depending on the symptoms, they’ll run blood tests, check your diet, and test foods to see which ones are bad for you. These tests are done only under medical supervision.

It’s very important to be aware of any symptoms. If you notice one of them in someone you know, please look for professional medical attention. If you have a family member who suffers from food allergies, there are many non-profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness about these health issues.

They also teach you first aid to correctly react to any food allergy emergency.