Signs You Might Be Allergic to Something You’re Eating

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Signs You Might Be Allergic to Something You’re Eating
There are plenty of allergies that we are well aware of, and people know to steer clear of the things they know they’re allergic to, but sometimes allergies can be a bit less obvious.

Signs You Might Be Allergic to Something You’re Eating

There are plenty of allergies that we are well aware of, and people know to steer clear of the things they know they’re allergic to, but sometimes allergies can be a bit less obvious.

We all know how serious peanut and shellfish allergies are, and that coeliac people can’t have wheat, and lactose intolerant people can’t have milk, but how about the many other foods or ingredients that can cause allergies?

Although symptoms are most common in babies and children, allergies can appear at any age. It has been discovered that many people live with allergies they don’t realize they have. Here are some important things to know about allergies.

What happens in your body

The purpose behind the immune system is to fight off infections and other dangers to good health. A food allergy reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to a food or substance because it identifies it as a danger and triggers a protective response. Although most allergies tend to run in families, it is impossible to predict whether a child will inherit the allergy or not, but it’s best to look out for the signs and take necessary precautions. Some allergic reactions may occur within minutes or hours of ingestion, while others are delayed by several hours and even last longer, such as eczema.

Symptoms of an allergy

Symptoms of food allergies can range from mild to severe, and there are many different kinds of symptoms. It’s also worth noting that just because an initial reaction only causes mild issues, it does not mean that all reactions will be the same – a food that triggers mild symptoms can one day cause a very severe one. Allergic reactions could affect the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory tract, and can surface in many ways:

  • Stomach cramps and/or vomiting
  • Hives, rashes and itchiness on the skin
  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing
  • Tight or hoarse throat, causing trouble on swallowing
  • Swelling of the tongue, affecting talking and breathing
  • Paleness or discoloration of the skin
  • Dizziness, feeling faint, and weak pulse
  • Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is the most severe; it is a life-threatening reaction that affects the whole body and can impair breathing, drop the blood pressure, and send the body into shock within minutes of exposure to the trigger food. . If not treated promptly with an injection of epinephrine (adrenaline), it can be fatal.

How to find out what you’re allergic to

It is often quite difficult to find out what is causing an allergic reaction by yourself. Start by keeping track of what you eat and noticing when you get the reactions. Then use the elimination process. Allergies can be caused by anything, including preservatives in purchased foods, pollen in raw fruits and vegetables, and many other things that we don’t see in our food, so you will really need to experiment and get creative with this.

If you’re struggling to determine what the cause of your reactions is, or you would like an official diagnosis, go and see an allergist. They will ask detailed questions about your diet, your symptoms, your medical history, and other information. They will then order skin-prick tests and/or blood tests which will indicate what is causing the reaction. Skin-prick tests, although they may be uncomfortable, are far more reliable than blood tests, so make sure that you see an allergist who uses this system.

If you notice that you have recurring or ongoing symptoms (even symptoms not mentioned in the list), be sure to get them checked out. Sometimes, even the things that we think are super healthy can be doing us more harm than good in the long run.

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