Food allergy symptoms for Atlanta patients.

Are You Experiencing Symptoms Caused by a Food Allergy?

Food allergies are an unfortunate reality for many children and adults across Atlanta. While food allergy treatments can provide welcome relief from allergic reactions, many people never actually obtain a diagnosis for their condition. Identifying the symptoms of a food allergy is the first stage in treating the problem, but what signs should you look for?

What Are the Common Food Allergy Symptoms?

While estimates vary, it has been reported that around 3.6% of Americans experience the symptoms of food allergies. However, this figure does not tell the whole story, as symptoms can range from mild to severe (and even life-threatening) for each individual. Also, there is no fixed level of food consumption that can trigger an allergic reaction, therefore requiring careful precautions and a professional diagnosis to ensure safety.

Here are the most common symptoms of an IgE-mediated food allergy.

  • Skin rash and hives
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Itching in the mouth and lips
  • Swelling of the lips or tongue
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Itchy eyes
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Lightheadedness

Anaphylaxis Is a Severe Reaction to a Food Allergy

In rare cases, an individual may have a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. An allergic reaction of this type can be life-threatening, requiring immediate action. Some common food allergens associated with anaphylaxis are peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish, though any food has the potential to cause a severe allergic reaction.

Carrying an EpiPen® or other auto-injector can provide immediate relief through the injection of adrenaline. Here are the symptoms of anaphylaxis.

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Extreme breathing issues
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Fainting

Non-IgE-Mediated Food Allergies

Non-IgE-mediated food allergies are a different type of allergic reaction involving the immune system. This type of allergic reaction will result in many of the same symptoms as an IgE-mediated allergy, but will often take up to 48 hours to occur. In these cases, be conscious of stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting – without the skin hives commonly associated with food allergies.

How Can You Treat a Food Allergy?

Due to the unpredictability of food allergies, it is important to remove all allergens from your diet until your allergy doctor has provided a diagnosis. Many people choose to observe a strict diet that avoids the causes or triggers of their allergies (including trace elements of a substance). However, as important nutrients may be lost, this approach can lead to the deterioration of a diet.

An alternative approach is to use oral immunotherapy treatment. An individual is given gradually increasing amounts of an allergen until their immune system becomes desensitized. The food can then become part of a diet without fear of an allergic reaction.

Start Treating Your Food Allergy Today

If you have identified the symptoms of a food allergy, you should get a professional diagnosis from an experienced allergist. Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center has locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek, and can ensure you get the best treatment for your allergies. Call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment online.

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