What would you do if you were told that you can’t eat your favourite dish anymore because you’re allergic to it? It’s a hard choice. A food allergy shouldn’t be mistaken with food intolerance. When you eat spicy food, you get a runny nose and if you’re lactose intolerant, eating dairy products leads to diarrhea. This is your body’s way of reacting to food that can harm you. This isn’t caused by your immune system, so it’s not an allergy.
A food allergy occurs when your immune system mistakes harmless food as something that can harm your body. Food allergy symptoms differ from person to person. One can develop a food allergy at any age, but food allergies in children are most common.
A food allergy trigger can also differ from person to person, depending on how one’s immune system reacts to food. Although almost any food can cause an allergy, the following food causes 90% of all food allergies: milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.
A person suffering from a food allergy can display varied signs of food allergies like vomiting and/or stomach cramps, hives, breathing problems, wheezing, cough, hoarse throat, swelling of the tongue and dizziness/fainting among others. Food allergies can be dangerous but with proper care, they are also easy to manage.
The best way, and the hardest, to avoid a food allergy is to avoid eating food that causes an allergy. Always carefully read the content label of every food item you buy to ensure your safety. Take utmost caution while eating out. You can check the menu of the restaurant online well ahead of your visit to see the food items they offer. Always remember to tell the servers about your allergy and remind your friends, too, so they can also avoid ordering anything that could trigger your allergy. To better manage food allergies in children, parents must always ensure to pack the right food, and must also give a heads up to their teachers to provide maximum care and precaution.