If you have a food allergy, you may suffer from frequent gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, like cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. But food allergies aren’t just an inconvenience or a nuisance — in certain situations, they can be life-threatening. At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, we can provide patients with the medical advice and treatments they need to overcome their food allergies.
With multiple locations in Washington, Oregon, and California, Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic has been able to help countless patients improve their asthma and allergies; why not you, too? Contact our practice today for more information, or to schedule a consultation appointment.
What is a Food Allergy?
Individuals with food allergies experience an immune system response after consuming the food they are allergic to. Even small amounts of this food can trigger an allergic reaction, and the allergic reaction is experienced every time it is consumed.
While any food can trigger an allergic reaction, the most common food allergies that patients can suffer from include:
- Tree nuts
- Sesame seeds
What are the Associated GI Symptoms?
Once you have ingested food you are allergic to, symptoms begin to develop any time within a few minutes to a few hours. These symptoms range from mild to severe, depending on factors like your individual biological makeup, the amount of food ingested, the length of time since your last exposure, and the tissue receptors affected.
While an allergic reaction to food can affect several different parts of the body, including the cardiovascular system and respiratory tract, gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are the most common. These include:
- Abdominal Cramps
Hives, itching, and eczema are other common symptoms of a food allergy. In severe cases, multiple body systems may be affected, causing the affected individual to go into anaphylactic shock.
What Treatments are Available for Food Allergies?
At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, our allergists use the latest techniques to diagnose and treat a broad range of food allergies and other immunological conditions. During your initial consultation appointment, we will conduct a series of tests to evaluate your specific allergy and ask you questions about past symptoms. Based on these evaluations, we will work with you to determine which treatment option is right for you. We offer a number of different options, including patches, oral immunotherapy, and sublingual immunotherapy.
Looking for a place to receive specialized, professional, and reliable allergy treatments? Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic provides comprehensive allergy and asthma care to patients across multiple locations in Oregon, California, and Washington. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.