Are you one of the millions of Americans living with a food allergy? Food allergies affect children, teens, and adults, and they can cause a range of symptoms from abdominal cramping to life-threatening breathing issues. To learn more about food allergies and find out if you or your child might have one, turn to the allergists at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas. Request a consultation by phone or book online today.
A food allergy is a negative reaction that your body has when you eat a specific food. You have a food allergy if your immune system mistakenly attacks otherwise harmless substances in food. When your immune system attacks, you experience symptoms of a food allergy.
It’s possible to have an allergy to any type of food, but some foods are more likely to cause allergies than others. These foods include:
Food allergies are commonly confused with food intolerances, but they are two different conditions. If you have a food intolerance, you can generally eat a small amount of the food without experiencing any negative symptoms. But if you have a food allergy, a very small amount of the food can cause an allergic reaction.
Some people have mild food allergies, while others have severe allergies that can be life-threatening. The severity of the food allergy and differences between individual people can influence food allergy symptoms, but some common symptoms include:
Extreme food allergies can cause a condition called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency medical care.
Food allergies generally produce symptoms within a few minutes of eating the food. If you think you might have a food allergy, the Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates team can diagnose it with allergy testing.
When a food allergy is identified, the team works with you to develop a treatment plan. You should avoid the food and take steps to ensure the food you eat at home and at restaurants doesn’t contain traces of it.
For people with mild food allergies, antihistamine medications can be effective in treating symptoms. People with more severe allergies should carry injectable epinephrine to use in case of an allergic reaction.
If you suspect a food allergy, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates. Get comprehensive food allergy care by scheduling online or on the phone.