Food allergy symptoms can sometimes present themselves with no prior warning. This is why patients turn to Columbia Asthma and Allergy Clinic to help them deal with allergies to common foods. Since everyone has to eat to stay alive, it is best to determine what food allergies are giving the patient trouble, and from there the doctor will work on a plan to address the allergic reactions and bring them under control. Here are some things to expect when you visit our clinic.
Visiting the Clinic
When a new patient visits our center, they begin a journey towards discovering which kinds of allergic substances or environmental factors are causing them to exhibit their food allergy symptoms. Food-based allergies are often the most common causes of allergic reactions patients experience. This can be a problem for a lot of people because food allergy symptoms are often caused by foods they enjoy eating. It can sometimes even be difficult to figure out what food-based allergies they possess because a person may exhibit symptoms of allergies long after they finish eating food they are allergic to and will still not know the culprit.
How Serious Are Food Allergies?
Food allergy symptoms range in degrees of seriousness from causing mild allergic reactions to rendering a person dead. For example, a reaction to corn may be as benign as to cause a corn craving in a child. A peanut allergy, on the other hand, may send a person straight into anaphylactic shock and threaten their life. The severity of food-based allergies typically depends on what food the patient is exhibiting allergic reactions to when they have eaten.
Identifying What Foods Cause the Patient’s Allergic Reactions
When a patient comes into our clinic with food allergy symptoms, it is necessary to determine precisely which food allergies they have before treatment can be advised. In order to get to an accurate solution, we first provide the patient with comprehensive tests to gain insight into which types of food allergies are causing the problem. Once it is known what the allergic factor happens to be, then a treatment option can be recommended to the patient.
The most obvious way for a patient to deal with food-based allergies is to eliminate the foods from their diet that are causing their body to react negatively. If the particular food that provokes an allergic reaction is not present in a patient’s diet, then the patient should experience no allergic reactions. Fortunately, medical science has advanced further than this, and beating allergies with oral immunotherapy is a more direct option. With oral immunotherapy, the patient is given incrementally increasing amounts of the food in question with the hope that their body will eventually be desensitized to it. If successful, allergy-immunotherapy can sometimes help a patient enjoy their favorite foods without having to put up with the allergic repercussions. In general, this method can take some time to achieve results, but it is also often highly effective.
If you are exhibiting food allergy symptoms and are interested in oral immunotherapy, the experts at Columbia Asthma and Allergy Clinic can develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Contact any of our California, Oregon or Washington offices today to schedule your first appointment!