Identifying Food Allergies

If you’re one of the millions of people who are affected by food allergies, you must be constantly vigilante of what you eat, or even what your food unknowingly comes into contact with. If you have a shell-fish allergy and your food has been prepared on the same grill as the allergen the ramifications to your health could be serious.

Knowing exactly what you’re allergic to is key to your health – and this requires a food allergy test from your doctor utilizing Food Elisa Kits. Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening. There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens — and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food — are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.

Major Food Allergens:
There are more than 160 foods which can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies. The eight most common allergenic foods, which account for 90% of food allergic reactions, are the food sources from which many other ingredients are derived. Those foods are:
Milk, Eggs, Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp), Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans), Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans.

Symptoms:
Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food they are allergic to.

Allergic reactions can include:
Hives
Flushed skin or rash
Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
Face, tongue, or lip swelling
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Abdominal cramps
Coughing or wheezing
Dizziness and/or lightheadedness
Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
Difficulty breathing
Loss of consciousness

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