By Coyalita Linville
Food Allergies – Have you ever tried some food that made rashes on your body? Have your itchiness around your eyes, nose, throat and body skin? What actually happened with your body is that it reacts to food and that is known as food allergy.
Allergies to foods are the body’s condition where it overreacts, when you eat food which you have never eaten before. Your immune system becomes hypersensitive to certain food.
Your immune system in that case produces antibodies which are ready for “fitting” with these substances, recognized as harmful to your organism. Actually, these substances are not harmful to you, but your immune system mistakenly believes that they are.
When it is about food allergies, allergic symptoms are affecting various parts of the body, but the most usually are in gastrointestinal track, respiratory system, cardiovascular system and finally skin.
With the lasts researching, the number of American people who are suffering from food allergies is about 11 million. The symptoms may range from mildly inconvenient to complete collapse of your body.
Treatments and Symptoms of Food Allergies
There are various symptoms of the body that show you that you are allergic on certain food. Usually the symptoms are: swelling, itching of throat, nose, eyes, water eyes, runny nose, difficult breathing, hives, drop in blood pressure and in the worst cases death.
Usually, the time necessary for reaction to food, when it is about food allergies is from minutes to two hours, after entering food in your body.
There are various treatments which you may use for food allergies, but the best treatment is strict avoiding foods to which you are allergic.
Still, there are no medical treatments such as drugs for treating food allergies, but one that may be used is epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, which is medical solution for the most difficult cases of allergy reactions.
The most usual allergies reactions to food are for food such as: fish, shellfish, peanuts and nuts.
The majority of people are outgrowing their food allergies, but there are people who are allergic to certain food for their whole life. In that case the best solution is to avoid these foods.
So, before you have to eat something, it is recommended to read all ingredients for that you need to eat. If you find that food contains ingredients to which you are allergic, you shouldn’t eat it.
Method For Avoiding Allergic Foods
If you are allergic to certain food, it doesn’t mean that you should stop eating food to which you are not allergic. Also, if you think that you are allergic to some food, it doesn’t mean that you are, until you do blood analyzes and determine which food you are allergic to.
Also, it should to mention that avoiding food doesn’t mean totally avoidance of the foods. It is recommendation to make food diary for making list of the food on which you are allergic.
So, you may eat all food, but after that you get some reaction, you need to write in your diary about the food that you have eaten. This food diary will help the doctor to know what food you entered and had reaction.
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