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Which amongst the following is the most common cause of allergies in children worldwide?
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Milk is the most common cause of food allergies among most children and even adults worldwide. Like any other form of allergy, milk will also cause typical symptoms such as skin inflammation, swelling, runny nose and host of other symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. However, milk allergy should not be confused with lactose intolerance. Allergies cause typical symptoms such as swelling and skin problems, while on the other hand, intolerance will only cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting or diarrhea.
Food intolerance is an allergy to some specific types of food.
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People often confuse food allergies with food intolerance. However, these two are not the same. Food allergies are caused by the reaction of the immune system of the body to certain particles. The immune system considers these particles to be hostile and makes the body react in a manner to minimize damage. However, food intolerance is primarily due to a person s inability to digest certain foods and is rarely dangerous or fatal. Also, food intolerance never involves the immune system of the body.
Which amongst the following is a common symptom of food allergies in children?
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The first place that food allergies cause problems is the mouth. This is the area of the body that comes into contact with the allergenic particles first. Children usually develop the rashes around the mouth which may then translate into other problems such as a blocked or running nose, vomiting and or diarrhea. If your child has developed a similar reaction after eating a certain kind of food, it is best to consult the doctor to find out what exactly he or she is allergic to. You can then identify the risks and exclude those food items from the diet.
The allergies that your child will develop will remain for the rest of their lives.
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In most cases, it has been seen that food allergies in children may be temporary, especially if it is before the age of 7. It is much more difficult for allergies to be cured or to go away after the age of 7. Thus, if you ensure that your child s food allergies are treated properly before this age, there is a high possibility that they won t return later in life.
Your child can develop asthma due to food allergies.
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It has been seen in medical studies that allergies are the leading cause of asthma among children. Almost 90 percent of the children who develop asthma have suffered from allergies. Among that number, a major chunk of it is related to food. Thus, as a parent, it is important for you to understand the markers of allergies and ensure that the food groups that may trigger asthma are cut out of your child s diet