Food Allergies: Triggers and Reactions


Food Allergies: Triggers and Reactions

Food Allergies affect nearly everyone at some point. When people experience unpleasant reaction to something they have eaten, they often think it as being allergic reactions to that food. But studies have shown that in actual; however, only three percent of adults and about six to eight percent of children have true allergic reactions to food.

People misinterpret food intolerance and reactions to food as the Food Allergies. True Food Allergies is abnormal response to the food which gets triggered due to specific reaction in body’s immune system and often shows characteristics symptoms. Other reactions are known as the Food Intolerance. Milk allergies often come into this category. Other such reactions to food can be of food poisoning and can be toxic reactions. Difference between Food Allergies and Food Intolerance is that later is more prevalent, occurs in various diseases and triggered due to different mechanisms which are distinct from immunological reaction which is responsible for the Food Allergies.

Food Allergies must be identified and prevented because though reactions are mild and mostly not severe, the reactions can cause devastating illness and in some cases become fatal.

Causes of Allergies

Causes of Allergies:

Allergens in food cause allergic reaction. These Allergens are basically form of proteins which are usually resistant to heat of cooking, to the acid in stomach and also to intestinal digestive enzymes. Due to this, the allergens survive the gastrointestinal lining and are able to enter bloodstream and reach target organs where they will cause the allergic reactions throughout body.

Symptoms and Signs of Food Allergies

Symptoms of Allergies depend on the digestion process affecting timing, location and type of symptoms of the allergic reaction to the food. Food Allergies symptoms start showing within minutes of eating to an hour of eating. Common

Symptoms and signs are:

  • Itching in mouth and body
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weakness
  • Anaphylaxis

Treatment of allergies:

Treatment of food allergies includes dietary avoidance. Primary remedies of allergies include offending the allergen which causes Food Allergies. Identify the food which you are sensitive to, read the label of food product to check whether it has that allergen in food product. Food allergies can cause the anaphylactic reactions, people at times unknowingly have the allergen food so they should be prepared to treat the anaphylactic reactions. Remedies of allergy include many prescribed medicines which helps person from relieving from the signs and symptoms of the food allergies.

One Response to Food Allergies: Triggers and Reactions

  1. Mot says:

    It is really good post, lot of people suffer this.

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