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What are food Allergies?

Food allergies must also be distinguished from toxic reactions that affect everyone more or less identically, according to Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., of London, England, because, while a toxic substance such as cyanide will affect anyone who ingests it, any number of people can eat the same food, and only the persons allergic to it will have a reaction. The foods most commonly found to cause allergies include wheat, corn, milk, and other dairy products, egg whites, tomatoes, soy, shellfish, peanuts, chocolate, as well as food dyes and additives

What causes food allergy?
When IgE (immunoglobulin E) antibodies react with the food, histamines are released, which cause hives, asthma, or other symptoms of allergic reaction. IgE is a type of antibody formed to protect the body from infection.

What is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance?
Food allergy causes an immune system response, causing symptoms that range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. Food intolerance does not affect the immune system, although some symptoms may be the same as in food allergy.

What foods most often cause food allergy?
Approximately 90 percent of all food allergies are caused by eight foods:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • wheat
  • peanuts
  • soy
  • tree nuts
  • fish
  • shellfish

    Eggs, milk, and peanuts are the most common causes of food allergies in children, with wheat, soy, and tree nuts also included. Peanuts, nuts, fish, and shellfish commonly cause the most severe reactions. Nearly 5 percent of children have food allergies. Although most children "outgrow" their allergies, allergy to peanuts and tree nuts may be lifelong.

What are the symptoms of food allergy?
Allergic symptoms may begin within minutes to an hour after ingesting the food. Symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Eczema
  • Itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, or mouth
  • Itching or tightness in the throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Asthma

Treatment for food allergy:
Specific treatment for food allergy will be determined by your child's physician(s) based on:

patient's overall health and medical history
extent of the disease
patient's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
expectations for the course of the disease
patient's or parent's opinion or preference
At this time, no medication is available to prevent food allergy. Treatment involves avoiding the food that causes the symptoms.

People with food allergy must be prepared to treat any accidental ingestion of the foods that cause the allergic reaction. Talk with your child's physician about what to do in these cases.

There are medications available to treat some symptoms of food allergy after the food has been eaten. These medications may relieve rhinitis symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms, or asthma symptoms. Talk with your child's physician about these medications.




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