Food Allergy is a condition in which the body’s immune system reacts to an otherwise harmless allergen found in food. Food allergies are commonly caused by consumption of dry fruits and nuts, citrus fruits or refined flour or eggs or milk. Symptoms are:
• Vomiting or stomach cramps
• Shortness of breath
• Repetitive cough
• Rashes on skin
• Weak pulse
HOW IS FOOD ALLERGY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of food allergies depends on specific symptoms. Immunologists or allergy specialists may order for the prick test, in which the suspected allergen is injected into skin and the reaction of the immune system is determined. The doctor may ask you questions about the food consumed in the past few hours or day, the quantity and the time of consumption. A thorough investigation of your symptoms, frequency of occurrence and severity are also considered
HOW IS FOOD ALLERGY TREATED?
Treatment of food allergies includes complete eradication of the food from the diet. Along with this, anti-allergens are given to the patient to minimise the adverse reactions of the allergies. Detoxifying diets are also suggested to reduce the impact of the allergy.
DID YOU KNOW?
For mild allergies, antihistamines may be prescribed. For severe allergies, you will need constant and regular medical supervision.