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Most Common types of food
Allergies: Nuts, Milk & Dairy products, eggs, Wheat, Flour &
Soy products and Shellfish.
What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is an adverse immune response to a food protein. Food
allergy is distinct from other adverse responses to food, such as food
intolerance, pharmacological reactions, and toxin-mediated reactions.
What is a delayed Food Allergy:
Type III allergy, IgG-mediated. Foodstuffs cause a delayed immune
reaction that provokes complaints after hours to days.
What is the difference between food
allergy and food intolerance?
Many people think the terms food allergy and food
intolerance mean the same thing; however, they do not. Food
intolerance, unlike a food allergy, does not involve the immune system
and is not life-threatening. Lactose intolerance, trouble digesting the
milk sugar lactose, is a common example. Symptoms may include abdominal
cramps, bloating and diarrhea.
A food allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to a certain food.
The most common form of an immune system reaction occurs when the body
creates immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to the food. When these IgE
antibodies react with the food, histamine and other chemicals (called
“mediators”) are released, causing hives, asthma, or other symptoms of
an allergic reaction.
What is the best treatment for a food
Epinephrine, also called adrenaline, is the medication of choice for
controlling a severe reaction. It is available by prescription as a
self-injectable device (EpiPen® or
Twinject®). If you have been prescribed this medication, carry it with
you at all times!
Types of Allergic Reactions:
(pronounced ana-fill-axis) is a serious allergic
reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause
Common causes of anaphylaxis
allergy is believed to be
the leading cause of
anaphylaxis outside the
hospital setting. The CDC
reported that food allergies
result in over 300,000
ambulatory-care visits a
year among children.
Oral Allergy Syndrome is a term used to describe itchy or scratchy mouth symptoms caused by raw fruits or vegetables in people who also have hay fever. Symptoms are typically limited to the mouth. This reaction is caused by an allergic response to the pollen that crosses over to similar proteins in the foods. Most people affected by oral allergy syndrome can eat cooked fruits or vegetables because the proteins are sensitive to heating. The condition is also known as pollen-food syndrome.