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    A food allergy is different from an intolerance or sensitivity. Both cause similar symptoms, but those with an intolerance or sensitivity are usually able to eat a small amount of the food without much of a reaction, whereas someone who's allergic to a food may have a reaction just by touching it, breathing it in, or ingesting a small amount. Read >>
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Eating Your Allergens

Which foods cause allergies? What are the symptoms and how are they treated?

Foods are made up of proteins. A few foods consist of large proteins and others are made of smaller proteins. For an unknown reason, some people's immune systems mistakenly identify the larger proteins as invaders. Even the tiniest amount of that protein can set off a series of reactions that release chemicals into your bloodstream to fight the “invader” and cause a range of allergy symptoms.

A food allergy is different from an intolerance or sensitivity. Both cause similar symptoms, but those with an intolerance or sensitivity are usually able to eat a small amount of the food without much of a reaction, whereas someone who's allergic to a food may have a reaction just by touching it, breathing it in, or ingesting a small amount.

With the number of food allergies on the rise, it's important to be informed.

Here's what you should know.

The Top Eight

There are more than 160 foods known to cause an allergic reaction, but eight foods cause 90 percent of all reactions. These include shellfish (lobster, crab, or shrimp), fish (cod, salmon, or flounder), eggs, milk, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans, or almonds), peanuts, soybeans, and wheat.

While you may only be allergic to one of these eight, these foods are often ingredients in other foods, making them hard to avoid altogether.

Signs and Symptoms

Most food allergies cause mild, controllable symptoms, but some people experience severe or even life-threatening symptoms. An allergic reaction can affect your gastrointestinal tract, skin, respiratory tract, and/or your cardiovascular system.

Symptoms can appear within a few minutes to a few hours after ingestion of the food. Mild symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hives, eczema, flushed skin, itchy mouth, itchy ears, nasal congestion, dry cough, sneezing, and uterine contractions.

More severe symptoms include trouble swallowing; swelling of the tongue, lips, or throat; a drop in blood pressure; dizziness or fainting; turning blue; experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, or a sense of panic; and a weak pulse. Any of these symptoms signal an emergency situation known as anaphylaxis that requires immediate medical attention.

Be aware that kids don't always know the words to describe their symptoms and may say things like, “My tongue itches,” “My mouth feels funny,” or “It feels like something's stuck in my throat.” Sometimes young children may scratch at their tongue or their voice may become high pitched or hoarse.

Allergy Testing

If a food allergy is suspected, get evaluated by an allergist. Inaccurate self-diagnosis can lead to a life of unnecessary food restrictions and possible malnutrition. Through a series of skin prick tests, blood tests, and diet eliminations, your doctor can diagnose the presence of a food allergy and pinpoint exactly what you’re allergic to.

Food Treatment

Since there's no cure for food-related allergies, you must be vigilant about avoiding your allergens and learn to recognize a reaction if you have one. It's also important to develop a plan of action in the event you experience a reaction.
Mild symptoms can usually be easily treated with antihistamines or steroids.

When a severe reaction occurs, epinephrine is the only drug that can save you from anaphylaxis. Anyone with a severe allergy should carry an auto-injector of epinephrine with them at all times, which can be administered in the time before emergency help can arrive.

Life with a Food Allergy

People who are living with food allergies must learn how to read food ingredient lists with care. In the United States, all foods (besides eggs, produce, fresh meat, and refined oils) are required to label whether they contain any of the eight most common allergens. Don't see your allergen listed clearly on a packaged food? Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. It may just be hiding. Hot dogs occasionally contain a milk protein, baked goods may have nuts, and your favorite salad dressing could have soybean oil. So keep your eyes open to live life to the fullest—even with a food allergy.