Did you know that eight foods account for 90% of all food allergies? These foods include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. Even though these are the most common foods that can cause an allergic reaction, almost ANY other food can also trigger an allergic reaction. 1 in 13 children in the United States suffers from a food allergy. Children are not the only ones that have food allergies, about 4% of the adult population is also affected by a food allergy.
Symptoms of a food allergy can affect many different parts of the body in the form of:
- Vomiting and/or stomach cramps
- Shortness of breath
- Repetitive cough
- Shock or circulatory collapse
- Tight, hoarse throat; trouble swallowing
- Swelling of the tongue, affecting the ability to talk or breathe
- Weak pulse
- Pale or blue coloring of skin
- Dizziness or feeling faint
- Anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction that can impair breathing and send the body into shock; reactions may simultaneously affect different parts of the body (for example, a stomachache accompanied by a rash)
Don’t wait until one of these symptoms occur. If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from a food allergy, schedule an appointment to be tested with one of our board certified allergists today!
Posted on February 24, 2016
Information from: acaai.org