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What are the Issues That Food Allergies Cause?

Feb 27, 2019 | Allergies

Food allergies are exceptionally common. An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system responds to a specific protein in food, treating it like a threat and mustering defenses. Unfortunately, an allergic reaction can negatively impact various parts of your system, including your respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, and skin. Here is everything you should know about issues caused by food allergies. 

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What are the symptoms of a food allergy? 

Symptoms of a food allergy may occur anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after exposure to the food. In the most severe cases, a food allergy can cause anaphylaxis, which includes swelling of the throat or tongue, a rash, and low blood pressure. However, more common symptoms, which are not life-threatening, include vomiting, diarrhea, hives, and skin rashes. 

What are hives and skin rashes? 

Hives and skin rashes may not sound like the worst possible side effects of a food allergy, but that doesn’t make them any more pleasant. Food allergies are at the top of the list of skin rash triggers. Hives can occur on any part of the body and consist of areas of itchy bumps and irritated skin. Another skin condition that can be caused by food allergies, eczema, causes the skin to become inflamed and develop dry and flaky patches.

What should you do about food allergies? 

Obviously, the ideal treatment to a food allergy is not to eat the food—but how do you determine your allergies, and how should you address existing conditions? 

Immediately seek emergency treatment if you are experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis. Otherwise, the best way to avoid an allergic reaction starts by simply seeking professional diagnosis. If possible, consult a doctor while the reaction is still occurring; this will make it easier for them to correctly diagnose the allergy. 

If you are afflicted by hives or skin rash, avoid exposure to direct sunlight and exercise caution with skin products until the symptoms subside.

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