Common Food Allergies – What Is Food Allergy and Its Symptoms

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COMMON FOOD ALLERGIES – Millions of people have an allergy of some kind and here are some things to know about food allergies and their common triggers.

Any food may cause an allergic reaction and a condition such as this is an abnormal immune response. The body’s immune system sees food as an invader which leads to an allergic reaction.

Common Food Allergies

Previous reactions may be mild but a person who suffers from this condition will always be at risk because the next attack could possibly become life-threatening. And if you are a person who is allergic to a specific food, make sure to avoid what can trigger it.

According to the American College Of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, below are the symptoms:

  • Vomiting and/or stomach cramps
  • Hives
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Repetitive cough
  • Shock or circulatory collapse
  • Tight, hoarse throat; trouble swallowing
  • Swelling of the tongue, affecting the ability to talk or breathe
  • Weak pulse
  • Pale or blue coloring of the skin
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Anaphylaxis (a potentially life-threatening reaction that can impair breathing or simultaneously affect body parts)

Here are eight major allergenic foods referred to as the Big-8:

  1. MILK
  2. EGGS
  3. FISH
  5. TREE NUTS like walnuts, almonds, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, and many others
  7. WHEAT

In children, the most common triggers are milk, eggs, and peanuts while in adults, the most common triggers are fruit and vegetable pollen, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.

Before one can be diagnosed with a food allergy, an allergist may ask the following question which the patients must answer according to the post:

  • What and how much did you eat?
  • How long does it take for symptoms to develop?
  • What symptoms did you experience and how long did they last?

After that, skin tests or blood tests will have to follow and the results will be the basis of the allergist to give you a diagnosis.


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