Information on food allergies
What are food allergies?
An allergy is an immune response by the body to a substance, especially a particular food, pollen, fur, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive.
What foods cause allergic reactions?
Everyone is different and therefore have reactions to different things and foods. A person may develop a reaction after they have eaten the food; however, many childhood allergies are grown out of.
What are the symptoms to look for?
Symptoms can range depending on the person and how much of the food you ate. Some severe reactions can include instant coughing and choking, swelling of the hands or face and a spread of redness across the skin. Reactions might include sneezing, coughing, itchiness to various parts such as the nose, face, ears, eyes or throat, shortness of breath or wheezing, and sinus problems.
Who is most likely to have an allergy?
Your chances are increased if your immediate family members have a history of asthma, eczema, hayfever etc. It is not, however, guaranteed this predisposition will have been inherited.
What can you do about a suspected allergy?
If you have a serious allergic reaction to certain foods, you will be issued with an emergency treatment to carry with you. An Epi-Pen, for example, is used to alleviate the symptoms. It is self-administered and gives you and others time to seek medical help. All foods that trigger this reaction should be avoided.