Food Allergies

Food allergyI’m sure you know at least one person who is allergic to some kind of food.

I know somebody who can’t even be near eggs, yet alone eat them.

And somebody else who is allergic to anything related to peanuts, so he has to be extra careful when eating out.

However, although food allergies are so common – a recent statistic shows that three out of 100 people living in America are affected by such conditions – it is actually difficult to establish a proper diagnostic in these cases.

It seems that the medical world finds it difficult to put forward a generally valid test for determining food allergies. Nor can they tell what exactly a food allergy is!

Food intolerance

But, what we need to know is that food allergies are different from food intolerances. The latter are some sort of hypersensitivities to some types of foods, due to the fact that the body can’t synthesize certain food compounds.

Accidentally ingesting foods to which you are intolerant will not normally put your life in danger.

Food allergy

On the other hand, a food allergy can have deadly effects. Many deceased due to food allergies because they were incorrectly informed about the contents of their meals or exactly which food they were allergic to.

You can fight against allergic conditions in some of the following ways:

  • pregnant ladies, you should keep off peanuts during pregnancy; it’s been proven that babies whose mothers ate peanuts while pregnant are more prone to developing peanut allergy;
  • ask your doctor if the allergy treatment you follow contains aluminum – it may actually trigger the development of subsequent allergies;
  • if your condition is critical, you can choose to carry with you self-injectable epinephrine; this substance can reduce the effects of food allergies if administered as soon as possible from the moment the dangerous food was ingested;
  • get a second opinion when diagnosed with a certain allergy – you might be sensitive to a completely different substance than the one initially established.

With a view to the above, National Institutes of Health, as well as the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology have published at the end of last year some guidelines on which everybody agrees they should be followed when approaching and treating food allergies.



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