Food Allergies is the term which in the literal means is that “little amount of food can cause allergies”. Some people immune system does not welcome the food and forms antibodies against the very food and triggers an allergic reaction. Food allergies can occur from peanuts, eggs, milk, fishes, soy, wheat and shellfish. There is a 20 percent increase in childhood food allergies in the last 20 years. Some people have food allergies when they are little and grow out of it later in time but some develop it in adulthood and depict chronic symptoms of allergies.
People with food allergies have to take extra precautions while eating any kind of food. They need to make sure that a specific dish or snack should not contain even a tiny amount of allergic food. Symptoms of food allergies can be from mild to severe. Some people have chronic reactions to the food that results in anaphylaxis reaction which can lead to death also. In anaphylaxis reaction, there is a fall in blood pressure, respiratory problems, tachycardia, vomiting and loss of consciousness. The mild one includes nausea, diarrhea, wheezing, skin rash, tingling in the mouth and streaming eyes. The most common kind of food allergies happens from soy, wheat, peanuts, eggs, and milk. In this situation, when individual intake the food, their immune system attacks the food considering its harmful substance. However, certain food is not harmful, it is harmless in nature but the immune system will form antibodies against it.
Diagnosing Food Allergies:
Doctors tend to ask patients careful questions so they can understand if the allergy is severe or mild. Allergies’ history is very important to know. There are some tests that doctors usually take for diagnosing food allergies i.e. skin prick tests and blood tests. If there is intolerance then doctors eliminate suspected food from the diet.
Food Allergies are mild and severe, depends on individual condition. Peanut Allergy is the most life-threatening food allergy at the moment. Indeed, its consequences lead to death as it often triggers into anaphylaxis reaction. Doctors are still finding out the fact that why some people’s immune system reacts this way and triggers food allergies. There are many research articles been published on in-vitro and in vivo work of food allergies. The top avoidance of food allergy is to eliminate the specific food from the diet which causes allergy because there is no treatment of food allergy yet but tolerance medication is available.