Common Food Allergies

Common allergy foods which can trigger an allergic reaction include peanuts, milk, eggs, wheat, fish and shellfish, soy and tree nuts.

These 8 categories of foods have become known as the most common food allergies.

How To Identify A Reaction To A Food

Skin Health Hub Food Allergies Common Food AllergiesA food allergy can be identified when your body’s immune system reacts to a specific type of food. Histamine and certain antibodies are then released into your bloodstream to fight the food allergen. Signs of reactions can vary in severity but can include: the formation of hives on the body, a runny nose, itchy or swollen eyes, a dry throat, diarrhea, a swollen mouth and throat or coughing or wheezing.

Once a food has been ingested these symptoms will usually start to manifest fairly quickly, within 30 minutes to 2 hours. The severity of your symptoms however, will depend upon the amount of food you ate and your body’s reaction to the allergen. Someone who has a more severe reaction may experience low blood pressure and a blocked airway so they have difficulty breathing and allergic reactions can also include life-threatening anaphylactic responses such as biphasic anaphylaxis and vasodilation.

Perhaps we are more aware today of the common food allergies and dangers for someone who is allergic to a particular food. Many of us know either suffer ourselves or know someone who suffers from a food allergy. It is fairly alarming then to learn that approximately 17 million people in America have a food allergy. A food allergy can begin at any age, but it frequently begins during childhood. Many children do outgrow their allergy but then again there is an increased likelihood that a person with one allergy develops multiple food allergies.

Your genes do play a big role in your risk of developing food allergies. If your parents have allergies caused by something other than common food allergies such as hay fever or animal dander your gene pool is susceptible to allergies caused by any source. This means you and your children have a great propensity to food allergies or otherwise. If you or your partner is also susceptible to allergies, your children may have a fifty percent chance of developing food allergies too. If both parents have allergies, then that risk can be as much as 60 percent.

To date, the best way to manage experiencing symptoms from ingesting a food is to completely avoid the food you are allergic to. This means that you have to familiarize yourself with hidden food items, substances and compounds that go into the manufacturing of certain foods. Every time you shop for groceries you will need to read the label on the packaging carefully to ensure there are no traces of that food.

To learn more about common food allergies we suggest reading the eBook “Life With Food Allergies – 7 Personal Stories”.

The information gathered in the ebook provides useful information, helpful advice and tips that 7 amazing people share. The common thread is that having a food allergy or food intolerance need not be a debilitating experience and through their stories they prove to the reader that you can still live your life to the full despite a food allergy or food intolerance.

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