When you eat certain foods, you have an immunological response to the proteins found in such foods. Your immune system produces histamine, which, in turn, leads to symptoms like hives, coughing, and the occasional fit of wheezing. While this is unpleasant, it is really an intelligent response of your body trying to cope with an environmental stress. The next time you are introduced to the same foods, the immune system has remembered the food. Your immune system has less difficulty this time around creating histamine, so the cycle of allergic reactions to the proteins in these specific foods you ingest has begun. While there is presently no actual cure for food allergies, you can certainly do some things to mitigate the symptoms.
A Note About Allergy Medication and Probiotics
When it comes to mitigating the effects of allergens in foods, one way you can take the edge off of a food allergy is to take antihistamine-based medications. Antihistamines will counteract the body’s immunological response of creating histamine to create the allergic reaction. While this is a simple way to address the problem of food allergies, many antihistamine drugs are not considered necessarily healthy or all that safe.
Another way that you can help your body deal with food allergies is to take a daily probiotic. Probiotics strengthen the gut biome, and they also help in the breakdown of other proteins. By breaking proteins down, this helps the body to better manage allergic reactions, and to better use the component amino acids to build new proteins the body needs. A quality probiotic can really take the edge off of an allergic reaction.
At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, with offices in Washington, Oregon, and California, we are proud to offer a number of effective, customized treatments for food allergies ranging from patches to oral immunotherapy to and sublingual immunotherapy. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.