To start things off right, let’s find out what a food allergy is, exactly. When your immune system reacts to particular substances, it can cause a range of unwanted symptoms and that is what we call an allergy. Commonly, you can see people being allergic to wheat, nuts or fish. So, what are exactly the tell-tale signs and how can you find out if you are allergic?
After mere minutes pass from you touching or eating a certain type of food, you can already find out if you are allergic or not. There are certain foods which are now kind of linked with allergies. For adults, you can find plenty of cases with people being allergic to fruits (apples or peaches, for example), fish, shellfish or peanuts. Children can be allergic to peanuts, milk, fish or eggs.
So far, we don’t exactly know what causes a food allergy to occur but the fact remains that it is important to know the warning signs. That’s because, in severe cases you can suffer from an anaphylactic shock, an allergic reaction which can threaten your life as it affects your whole body.
Here are the signs:
- Finding it harder to breathe
- Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
- Blocked, itchy or a runny nose
- Your lips, mouth, throat and tongue become itchy or swollen
- Your eyes become itchy, red, sore or swollen
- You are feeling bloated
- You wheeze, cough, breathe noisily or you experience shortness of breath
- You see hives or a rash on your skin.
However, these symptoms can also occur when you suffer from other conditions or illnesses, so the best thing you could do is visit your doctor and ask for treatment and advice.
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