Does A Food Allergy Get Worse With Each Exposure?

A food allergy does not always get worse with each exposure, but in many cases it can. A food allergy can be progressive in that it builds upon itself and can therefore get worse with each exposure.

An allergic reaction to food is your immune system’s response to certain proteins found in food.

Does A Food Allergy Get Worse With Each ExposureMany allergic reactions are caused by milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, fish, shellfish and soy.  The severity of the symptoms is different for each individual and is the main reason why some symptoms don’t manifest immediately and are sometimes mistaken food intolerance symptoms and vice versa.

If you are allergic to certain foods, continuing to expose yourself to the allergen can be dangerous particularly if only a tiny amount of the trigger food is the cause of a severe reaction.

Interestingly, almost any food can trigger an allergic reaction. You may be allergic to only one food or be allergic to several types of food. For example; some fresh fruits and vegetables can trigger a mild allergic reaction that causes the mouth to tingle or itch.  This is called cross-reactivity. The proteins in fruits and vegetables cause the reaction because they are similar to allergy-causing proteins found in the food which caused the initial trigger.

Allergic reactions are different for each person. In answering the question’ “Does a food allergy get worse with each exposure” be aware a serious allergic reaction can pose serious dangers to one’s life.

A serious allergic reaction or anaphylaxis can happen quickly after exposure.  The body responds, airways become blocked which results in other symptoms such as a drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness. The tissues in the body release histamine and other substances to fight off the offending substance. In extremely severe cases or if proper treatment is not administered right away, death can occur.

That is why it vital to learn how to respond to someone have an  anaphylactic shock.   So make sure you read our next article: “How to Respond To Anaphylactic Shock”


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