Saturday, 25 May 2013

Food Allergy - Can Foods Make You Feel Sick?

Allergic Reaction

A true food allergy is an abnormal response to food that is triggered by a specific reaction in the immune system and expressed by certain symptoms. People who have food allergies must identify and prevent them because, although usually mild and not severe, these reactions can cause devastating illness and, in rare instances, can be fatal. 

Watch this video by niaid about food allergy below:

There are around twelve million Americans who are suffering from the problems of food allergies.  Most of the allergic reactions that many people go through are mild but there are many that require serious treatment each year because of the allergies from the foods that they eat. 

Many studies show that only about 3% of adults and 6%-8% of children have clinically proven true allergic reactions to food. Having packaged foods, eating in restaurants or going to a friend’s home can be a problem for many and it is hard to say what is added to the food that we do not prepare ourselves. 

What are symptoms of Food Allergy?

All of the symptoms of food allergy occur within a few minutes to an hour of eating. A food allergy can initially be experienced as an itching in the mouth and difficulty in swallowing and for breathing. Then, during digestion of the food in the stomach and intestines, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain can start.

Foods that are Allergic

In adults, the most common foods that cause allergic reactions are shellfish, such as shrimp, crayfish, lobster, and crab; nuts such as walnuts and peanuts, fish; eggs etc. Children are different from adults, and the most common foods that cause allergic reactions to them are eggs, milk, peanuts, and fruits, particularly tomatoes and strawberries.

There is no permanent cure for food allergies except the treatments for the different symptoms associated with the food allergy. The only thing that you can do to avoid foods that cause the reactions. 

Click here to learn more about online health magazine 'Future Of Health Now'.

Share this post!!                                                Leave a comment!!!

No comments:

Post a Comment