come in different forms and most commonly are found in reactions
to dust or spring pollen, cat
dander, or in common foods that result in milk allergies
or wheat allergies.
Indoors, mold allergies are another enemy to those especially sensitive to the microscopic organisms that thrive in bathrooms, basements or any warm and humid environment.
some symptoms can be as light as a mild rash, they can be
as severe as chronic asthma or even anaphylaxis - the sudden,
severe and potentially fatal, allergic reaction to certain
medications, or foods like peanuts or shellfish.
Food allergies and their symptoms
If you think you or your child may be sufffering from a food allergy, get tested. Usually, a simple skin prick test or blood test will confirm allergy sensitivies to common foods such as:
Peanuts - Mild-to-severe allergic reactions to peanuts include itchy skin and runny nose to swelling of the throat (leading to dangerous constriction of airways) and loss of consciousness.
Eggs - More commonly seen in children, egg allergy symptoms commonly include skin inflammation or hives to more severe asthma-like reactions such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
Fish or Shellfish - Reactions may include stomach ache, swollen lips (or swelling in other parts of the body), dizziness, wheezing or trouble breathing which, in more severe cases, may lead to rapid pulse, shock, and unconsciousness.
Milk - Gastrointestinal upset is the most common symptom of milk allergy although symptoms may range from itchy skin or hives to more severe anaphylactic shock. Not to be confused with lactose intolerance, milk allergy (like most other food allergies) is an immune response that the body confuses with an invader and releases histamines to ward it off. Lactose intolerance is result of the inability of the digestive system to produce enough of the enzyme needed to break down sugar in milk.
Wheat - The most common symptoms of wheat allergy are chronic stomach cramps or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Wheat is one of the more complicated food allergies to control since the ingredient is found in everything from breads, cereals, pastas, and crackers to its use as a thickener in sauces and even ice cream.
Allergy & Anaphlaxis Network - Learn more about allergies & reactions to all types of
food with suggested reading, related links, FAQ, special allergy
alerts, the latest news and research studies, and a separate
section just for Kids
Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention
- Check out a comprehensive guide from WebMD with detailed information
on allergies to drugs, latex, plants & insect stings,
and foods such as wheat, milk, eggs peanuts, shellfish, and
more, plus related glossary, FAQ, links, resources & suggested
Help! I'm Allergic to the Cat! - Here's a good fact sheet on the subject describing
causes & symptoms, how to avoid or reduce cat allergens
in the home. Downloadable brochure Also available in PDF format,
from the Humane Society of the United States
Pollen.com - Allergy weather forecast
- Find U.S. pollen counts & allergy alerts nationwide, or searchable
by zip code for local area information, plus a related FAQ,
resource library and related guides to recognizing and living
with plant allergies.
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.