Understanding Food Allergies: The Basics

There are more than 32 million Americans with food allergies. This includes those who are at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. Whether you live with food allergies or care for someone who does, brushing up on the facts is important. Knowing where and when to seek treatment can be life-altering.

Food allergies should be addressed seriously. Symptoms commonly include:

  • Hives
  • Stuffy nose
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness.

A severe reaction that involves several parts of the body can be life-threatening. Reactions are unpredictable and can be triggered intaking small amounts or cross-contacting safe food and your food allergen. Be especially vigilant and take caution when introducing new foods to children. The most common food allergies in children are milk and eggs. Always pay special attention to food labels.

Understand that food allergens can also appear in unexpected places. Take caution and never assume anything about how food has been made or served. All food allergies, no matter how common or rare, are serious.

Published by easttexas on: July 5, 2019
Category: Allergies