Food Allergy

What Is Food Allergy?

Food allergy is a response generated by the immune system upon consuming certain food items. In case, the individual is allergic to a certain food (which may include certain proteins or carbohydrates), he will be unable to digest it. Also, even a minute quantity of that food can trigger severe signs and symptoms, therefore it is best recommended to avoid those food items.

What Triggers Food Allergy ?

  • Absence of enzymes required to digest certain foods
  • Food poisoning
  • Sensitivity to food additives
  • Celiac disease
  • Asthma
  • Family history

How Would You Know If You Are Allergic To A Particular Food ?

  • You may observe tingling or itching in the mouth
  • Hives, itching or eczema
  • Swelling on lips, face, tongue, throat and other parts of the body
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsens?

  • In case your symptoms of the allergy worsen you may observe symptoms such as constriction of airways, shock with a severe drop in blood pressure or a rapid pulse.
  • Make sure you do not eat anything till the time you see a doctor
  • For immediate relief, you can use anti-histamines to relieve the symptoms
  • However, in case of severe reaction, make sure you do not delay it any further and see a doctor at the earliest

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor may ask you for symptoms and your dietary habits to understand your triggers.
  • Your doctor may suggest a skin test or a blood test to check the amount of the allergy type of antibodies in the body.
  • Depending on the severity of the allergy, you may be prescribed with antihistamines that will help to reduce the symptoms.
  • Your doctor may recommend an elimination diet chat for you to avoid the intake of triggers completely.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For A Food Allergy?

Ways to Use:

Unfortunately, there are no natural remedies to treat food allergy. However, you can practice a few lifestyle changes to cope with food allergies more effectively.

 

  • Make sure you know your triggers well. Do not consume food items that contain those ingredients that you are allergic to.
  • Read the food labels well to avoid any accidental intake of triggers
  • Studies suggest that alternative therapy such as acupuncture and acupressure have been found to benefit those with food allergies
  • Include bananas and vitamin E rich foods in your daily diets. They have been found to have anti-allergic reaction and help to reduce skin rashes and stomach discomfort.
  • Carry your medicine kit (anti-histamines prescribed by the doctor) along with you when ever going out.

 

So, make sure you are aware of your triggers and maintain a distance from them and successfully avert the occurring of serious allergic reactions due to food.

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