What Are the Signs of a Food Allergy?
Food allergies are a growing concern for Atlanta parents, with cases growing to unprecedented new levels. While you or your child will likely experience only a mild reaction, food allergies always have the potential to cause anaphylaxis. In fact, around 200,000 Americans require medical assistance each year after experiencing allergic reactions to food. In such a time-sensitive situation, understanding the symptoms could be critical.
What Are the Symptoms of a Food Allergy?
Symptoms of food allergies usually occur in the seconds or minutes after consuming food. The signs of an allergic reaction will vary, but pay attention to the following symptoms.
- Swelling – Swelling is commonly experienced in the mouth, throat, lips and across the face.
- Itching – An itching sensation inside the mouth or on the face.
- Swallowing issues – Difficulty swallowing, and a congested feeling in your throat.
- Shortness of breath – Wheezing and difficulty getting air into the lungs.
- Lightheadedness – Balance issues, feeling dizzy and close to fainting.
- Nausea – Feeling close to vomiting for a prolonged period.
- Stomach pains – This could feel like bloating or it might lead to diarrhea.
- Skin rash – The rash could be a raised and itchy type called hives, or a change in skin color and texture.
- Runny nose – A runny nose, watery eyes and itchy nose.
What Are the Symptoms of Anaphylaxis Caused by a Food Allergy?
A severe allergic reaction to food could cause anaphylaxis. This condition is potentially life-threatening and requires an adrenaline auto-injector such as an EpiPen®. Some of the symptoms of anaphylaxis are as follows.
- Fast heartbeat
- Losing consciousness
- Severe breathing issues
The onset of anaphylaxis can be rapid and requires immediate treatment. Calling emergency services can prevent the worst consequences of an extreme allergic reaction.
What Foods Cause Allergies?
- Tree nuts
Are You Concerned About a Food Allergy?
If you or your child experience any symptoms of a food allergy, you should get a diagnosis from an experienced allergist. Food allergy testing can determine if you have an allergy – or another condition such as food intolerance. After testing and analysis of your medical history, your allergist can create a treatment plan that may include oral immunotherapy, food avoidance and medication.
Start Treating Your Food Allergies Today
Food allergies are unpredictable and can be dangerous. If you believe you or your child has a food allergy, make an appointment to see Dr. Chacko. The Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center has locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call us at 678-668-4688 or request an appointment online.