Everyone has heard horror stories about individuals who have gone to a restaurant, forgot to specify that they had a food allergy, and then ordered food to eat that eventually made them sick or took their life. Food allergies are serious and can be quite dangerous, especially when they are present in children and in older individuals. As such, there are many benefits to undergoing food allergy treatment.
Food allergy treatment methods vary. On the one hand, allergic reactions can be treated using pharmaceutical medicines to address the symptoms. Of course, the preferable way to treat allergies is to avoid the foods that cause allergies in the first place, thereby avoiding the occurrence of allergic reactions.
The pharmaceuticals that are used are going to vary depending on the symptoms that present themselves. Antihistamines are very useful in treating the majority of mild or moderate allergic reactions. These work by inhibiting the histamine receptors in your body. This prevents your body from reacting by swelling or by forming a rash.
Epinephrine, or even adrenaline, may be used when a person is dealing with a severe anaphylactic reaction. People who have a history of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions to certain foods will often carry an EpiPen with them at all times. This way, if they inadvertently eat something that is harmful, they can inject themselves and hopefully save their life.
The best way to treat true food allergies is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. This is done through a specific avoidance diet. This is a great preventative food allergy treatment. Food labels can sometimes be deceiving. Experts can do a lot to help clients understand food labels and detect what ingredients are actually in the food that they are eating. In order to accurately comply with an avoidance diet, a person must understand what foods and all foods that cause them to have an allergic reaction. Getting an accurate diagnosis of a food allergy is the first step.
The benefits of food allergy treatment cannot be overstated. When you have a food allergy, proper treatment can potentially save your life. Make an appointment at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic to learn about your options regarding food allergy treatment. Contact us today to book an appointment at one of our offices in California, Oregon or Washington!