Food Allergies Getting Worse

food allergiesOver 50 million Americans currently suffer with some form of food allergy, be it a mild lactose intolerance to a serious seafood allergy. Approximately 4-6% of children and 4% of adults are affected to some extent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allergies most commonly develop in infancy and young childhood, but can manifest any time, even in foods you have eaten for years.
Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system, misidentifying it as a danger and activating an immune response totally out of proportion to the perceived threat.

Allergies can be genetic, and there’s research indicating that the younger siblings of children with peanut allergies may be at much higher risk or even guaranteed to have a peanut allergy themselves, but so far, there are no hard and fast rules to predict who will have an allergy, and to what. Allergies may also become more severe as a person ages; something that caused minimal or no allergic response may eventually cause a severe reaction. Allergic responses can range from mild to very severe, even life threatening. The mildest responses include indigestion, stomach cramps or vomiting, and perhaps a rash, with a more severe version being hives, coughing or wheezing, swelling of the tongue, all the way up to potentially life threatening anaphylaxis, which can cause the throat to swell shut, blood pressure to drop dangerously, and can even cause heart failure.
Eight foods make up over 90% of all allergic reactions: milk, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat, although anything can be an allergen. Seeds, particularly mustard and sesame, are also major allergens, particularly in some geographic regions.
The most effective treatment for allergies is to simply avoid the food in question. For children, the most common triggers are milk, eggs, and peanuts, and symptoms may manifest the very first time the child is exposed to these foods. For adults, peanuts and tree nuts, fish and shellfish, and oral allergies to fruit and vegetable pollen are the most common. However, for oral allergies, these foods can be consumed without issue if the food is heated to destroy the pollen that is causing an itchy mouth and swollen tongue, which are classic signs of oral allergy.
There are several tests allergists can use to determine if you allergic and to what specifically, by testing for certain food-specific antibodies in your blood. The first and most common is the skin prick test, in which the allergist administers a small amount of a liquid containing the potential allergen just under the skin to see if a wheal, or small bump, develops. This test is generally very accurate, although the testing process may be slightly uncomfortable, and provide results within about 20 minutes. Blood tests may also be administered to look for the antibodies, although these tests take about a week to process and are prone to being less accurate.

The most accurate test is the food challenge test, in which patients are fed small amounts of suspected trigger foods under strict medical supervision to determine if a reaction occurs. This test is especially useful if blood and skin tests were inconclusive. If you suspect you or a family member may have a food allergy, do your best to see an allergist right away. Reactions can escalate with each successive exposure to a trigger food, and it may become life threatening. Until then, avoid the food if possible and/or keep Benadryl on hand to help deal with any allergic reactions.

By Victor Brookshire

 

Reactions to Food Allergies

Food allergies is something people deal with on a daily basis. Because every person’s body is different, some people can eat virtually anything that they want, while others may have a bad reaction when they eat specific kinds of foods. For people who want to know how certain foods can affect the body, here’s a brief overview of how people may react to peanuts, milk and eggs.

Allergic Reactions to Peanuts

Even though peanuts may be highly recommended on many different types of healthy diet regimens, they are not always for everyone. Since some people are allergic to peanuts, they cannot eat them without experiencing some kind of allergic response. While the reactions will often different from one individual to another, here’s some common symptoms that normally occur in people who are exposed to peanuts, either eaten or simple contact exposure.

Tightening of the throat Runny noses ,Hives, redness or swelling that affects the skin Itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps Wheezing or shortness of breath

In some cases, the person’s reaction is so severe that they should be taken to the emergency room for the appropriate treatment. Many of which involves reactions that result in the constriction of airways, rapid pulse, swelling that makes it hard for them to breathe, shock (severe drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, dizziness, or lightheaded.

Allergic Reactions to Milk

Some people love milk so much that they will drink eat everyday. For breakfast, lunch and dinner time, they may include milk with every meal. Unfortunately, other people cannot drink milk at all since they have an allergic reaction to it each time that they include it will a meal or snack. In fact, while the reactions will vary from one person to another, it may only take a few minutes to an hour for this nice tasting beverage to provoke a reaction. Some of the most common signs are listed below.
Vomiting Hives Wheezing Watery eyes Colic, in babies Runny Noses Coughing or wheezing Itchy skin rash, often around the mouth
In some cases, the symptoms will often result in more severe problems to digestive system including an individual experiencing loose stools that contain blood, bloating, gas, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Allergic Reactions to Eggs
Bacon and eggs sounds like a great start to a morning meal since many mothers prepare them for their family before they go off to school and work. This is a breakfast that is relatively quick to make and serve so it has become a staple for those who want to grab a bite and go. On the other hand, some family members may be left out of this equation when they have an allergy to eggs. Some of the most common signs include:
Runny noses Hives or Skin inflammation congestion sneezing Anaphylaxis vomiting or Cramps coughing, wheezing,chest tightness or shortness of breath

The type of reaction to eggs will differ from one individual to another. So, its important for people to know when they should look for emergency care.

By Victor Brookshire

 

5 Common Food Allergies

It’s not uncommon for some people to avoid different types of foods, especially when they find out that they are allergic to them. While some of these foods can be found on the table at breakfast, it is important for people to know and understand the overall affect that it can have on an individual’s body if they are eating them. So, people should always know what they are eating during the day so that they will know what foods that they need to avoid.
#1 – Milk

One common allergy that affects both adults and children involves the consumption of milk. In specific, some people may be diagnosed with lactose intolerance because their bodies cannot break down the milk protein lactose into galactose and glucose. Which means, the allergy may lead to pain in their digestive systems in the form of swollen or clogged airways. With this person, they usually have problems consuming milk, ice cream and sauces that contain milk.

#2 -Eggs

While some people may be allergic to milk, others are allergic to eggs. Because eggs can be found in many different things, people will need to be cautions of foods like pastas, and products that contain foam. In some situations, the individual will need to make sure that their immunizations do not contain egg.

#3 – Soy
Some people are allergic to soy. Which means, they will have to be careful of eating products that contain these substances. Foods that people should look out for includes the processed foods, dishes made with soybean oil and tofu. In specific, people should make sure that they are reading the packaging on soups, crackers, peanut butter and other foods that they suspect contain soy.

#4 -Wheat

Wheat is a substance that can be found in many different types of foods today. In fact, for those who are considered to have wheat sensitivity, they may be diagnosed as having Celiac disease. Or, their physician may simply diagnose them with the traditional wheat allergy. In either event, people who suffer with this kind of allergy can have major problems when eating these foods. So, it is highly recommended that they stay completely away from these foods so that they can remain healthy as well as pain free. Unfortunately, wheat can be found in foods that range from breads to deli meats so it is important for people to know what they are eating before it is consumed.

#5 -Peanuts
Peanuts are also high on the list of common food allergies. Though people have varying degrees of how they are actually affected, some people may have extreme allergic reactions to them. even if they are simply in the same room. Which means, in some circumstances, they may cause anaphylactic shock. Unfortunately, peanuts are also difficult to avoid because they can be found in so many different types of food sources including the oil that people cook their foods in.

While there are many different of food allergies, some are more common in the U.S. than others. Five of the most common food allergies are milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, and wheat. All of which can cause the person’s health to be adversely affected.

 

By V. Brookshire