The 9 Allergy Symptoms You May Experience From a Food Allergy
SO WHAT IS A FOOD ALLERGY ANYWAY ?
An easy way to explain it is that our bodies are always protecting us from anything that it thinks might be harmful to us. Our bodies are constantly fighting off things like viruses and harmful bacteria. Our immune system is designed to target and attack harmful things that we ingest from our environment. When our immune system is fighting things it can become overactive and start attacking things we eat or breathe, thinking they are harmful to us, like pollens, pet dander or food and the results are allergy symptoms.
Food allergies result from an over-reaction of your body’s immune system to the proteins in the foods we eat. It can be a sudden reaction causing a severe onset of hives, difficulty breathing or a slower one that presents like you just don’t feel well, or have a rash, or the flu or a cold. We all have these kind of symptoms often enough that we usually don’t even think about the possibility of a food allergy. We just know that something bothered us, and it DID!
The following is a list of some of the symptoms you might experience if you have a food allergy. The more of these symptoms you have, the more likely it is that you have a food allergy, (or perhaps some other type of allergy). My grandson had 7 of these 9 symptoms. If you think you have a food allergy you need to see a physician or other medical provider and undergo the necessary tests to determine if you have an allergy problem or something else.
NINE ALLERGY SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE FROM A FOOD ALLERGY:
1. Rash: This is the number one telltale sign. The rash may vary from a simple redness on the skin or it may include bumps, swelling, blistering or hives.
2. Itching: This can be mild or severely debilitating and is usually associated with a rash.
3. Breathing Trouble: Depending on the severity of the reaction, the person can have difficulty breathing or may stop breathing altogether. Asthma may develop and be triggered with reactions to the specific offending food. As with Asthma, if you are having a hard time breathing it could be accompanied by wheezing or coughing. If you have a toddler that has developed asthma, you may want to note what they have been eating prior to the asthma attack.
4. Eye Problems: You’ve seen this often when people suffer from outdoor allergies. Their eyes itch, water or may appear bloodshot. One other indicator is dark circles and puffiness under and around the eyes.
5. Swelling: Swelling of the face and tongue is common. My grandson had swollen cheeks and we couldn’t figure it out. If the tongue becomes too swollen it can block your airway and prevent proper breathing. You can have swelling of the lips and tingling of the lips when eating the offending food also.
6. Headache: Headache can result from the swelling of tissues in the face, sinuses and head.
7. Nasal Symptoms: This may vary from a runny nose to a stuffy nose or sneezing.
8. Stomach Problems: Digestive complaints such as stomach ache, cramps, nausea, vomiting or bloody diarrhea can occur.
9. Shock/Anaphylaxis: This is by far the most uncommon and most dangerous result of food allergy. It usually occurs shortly after eating the offending food. It often presents with the rapid onset (minutes) of confusion, difficulty breathing, rapid weak pulse, which may then progress to complete unconsciousness and unresponsiveness; and, if not treated, can result in death.
Most allergic reactions to a specific food allergen does NOT produce shock or anaphylaxis, but recognition of the symptoms can help you decide when to use an Epi-Pen and call 911. My grandson has had an Epi-Pen ordered for him since he was a baby.
You may have noticed that many young children display some of these symptoms and mom’s don’t usually give it much thought unless they are running a fever. Many children have runny noses and cough and sneeze a lot. Many children have rashes and may itch especially if they live in dry climates. Skin rashes are common as are itchy eyes. Who doesn’t get dark circles under their eyes if they are not sleeping well? But healthy children DON’T experience very many of these symptoms on a regular, ongoing time frame.
So again, I just caution you that if you feel something is wrong…take your child in to be evaluated. Don’t let months go by thinking he or she will outgrow what ever it is. And again, if you don’t get help from your physician, then I highly recommend seeing a naturopath or other medical provider….”The squeeky wheel gets the grease”. It shouldn’t have to be that way, but it is! You have to advocate for your children, family and friends.
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