If you are dealing with food allergies, you’ve seen firsthand how they can affect your life. You watch as friends and family members enjoy certain foods without concern. You, on the other hand, have to be selective when it comes to the foods that you eat, and you always have to be prepared to deal with any food allergy symptoms that may come your way.
Food allergies happen when your immune system thinks that a food that you eat is something harmful. Your body reacts by creating antibodies with the goal of neutralizing whatever it is that is causing the allergic reaction. Your body also will release histamine as well as a cocktail of other chemicals into your blood. All of these things lead to unwanted symptoms.
While people can be allergic to almost any food, there are certain foods that seem to trigger allergic reactions easier. Many adults are allergic to shellfish, nuts, and other forms of seafood. Many children are allergic to wheat, peanuts, and eggs.
Another type of food allergy is pollen food allergy syndrome. This is something that affects the way your mouth feels when you eat certain foods. This type of food allergy is more prevalent in individuals who have other types of allergies, such as hay fever. If you have this type of food allergy, when you eat certain foods or certain vegetables, your mouth has an allergic reaction. It starts to itch or it starts to tingle. For some people, the food allergy symptoms are so strong that they go into anaphylactic shock.
Basically, what’s happening is that your body is confusing some of the proteins in the foods or vegetables that you eat with similar proteins found in pollen that cause hay fever. Interestingly, if you cook the foods that you are allergic to, you may find that the reaction is not as strong. However, it all depends on the unique situation.
It is important to differentiate between food intolerance and food allergies. Some may mistakenly believe that they have a food allergy because the symptoms of some types of food intolerance mimic those of food allergies. In most cases, if you have a food intolerance, you can eat a small amount of the particular food without having a reaction. However, with an allergy, even in the smallest amount, the offending food will cause you to have an allergic reaction.
Some of the food allergy symptoms you may experience include a constriction of your airways, a drop in blood pressure, an increase in your pulse, and dizziness. If you deal with any of these symptoms after eating a certain type of food, make an appointment with us at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic right away. We have offices located in Washington, Oregon, and California. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.