Food Allergies

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Food Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts to a specific food protein as if it were a harmful invader. This immune system response triggers the release of chemicals, such as histamine, in the body which causes various symptoms of an allergic reaction.

The most common Food Allergies for humans are:

  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Peanuts
  4. Tree nuts (such as peanuts, almonds, cashews, and walnuts)
  5. Fish
  6. Shellfish (such as shrimp, crab, and lobster)
  7. Soy
  8. Wheat

It’s important to note that food allergies can vary from person to person, and some people may have allergies to other foods not on this list. If you suspect you have a food allergy, it’s important to talk to a Qualified Healthcare Practitioner or Allergist for diagnosis and treatment. (ChatGPT)

True food allergies can be divided into two main types:

  • Immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated. 
    In this type of food allergy, your body’s immune system makes IgE antibodies that react with certain food. Antibodies are a type of blood protein used by your immune system to recognize and fight infection. An IgE-mediated allergic reaction usually occurs within several hours of eating the food allergen and can include mild to severe symptoms, including anaphylaxis.
  • Non-IgE mediated. 
    In a non-IgE food allergy, your immune system does not make IgE antibodies, but other parts of the immune system are engaged in mounting a response against the perceived threat. A non-IgE mediated allergic reaction often involves skin or digestive symptoms, or a combination of those symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea, and can occur up to 3 days after eating the food allergen. (Healthline)
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Common Symptoms of Food Allergies

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can appear within minutes to a few hours after consuming the allergen. In some cases, symptoms may not appear until several hours later. It’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have a food allergy or if you experience any severe symptoms.

Food Allergies can manifest in different ways, but common symptoms include:

  • Hives, rash, or itchy skin
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or other body parts
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or coughing
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Rapid or weak pulse
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Anaphylaxis – a severe, life-threatening reaction that can cause breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure, and shock

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