How to Recognize and Treat Food Allergies

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Food allergies can occur with an array of different foods. Some, such as peanuts, are more commonly known to cause allergies than others.

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Allergic reactions to ingredients in these foods can be mild to severe, with symptoms that range from swelling of the face to digestive issues, cardiac arrest or difficulty breathing.

Each person who experiences an allergic reaction will have their own set of signs and symptoms, although for most people they are quite similar.

Knowing when an allergic reaction has occurred it important. Whether it is yourself or someone close to you suffering from an allergic reaction, you will easily be able to identify the problem and provide at-home treatment or seek emergency help.

Actual symptoms of an allergic reaction to a food ill vary based upon the type of food and the severity of the reaction. Mild allergic reaction symptoms include irritated skin, bloating, hives, rash and fever.

Face swelling, runny nose and itchy eyes are also possible symptoms that can be experienced during an allergic reaction.

A person who suffers a more severe allergic reaction may experience these symptoms and may also have lightheadedness, respiratory distress, nausea and vomiting, and swelling that restricts the airways. This can lead to cardiac arrest and worse.

The good news is most allergic reactions are mild and can be treated at home with antihistamines or a decongestant. These medications are available for purchase over-the-counter with a range of liquids, creams and pills available to choose from.

Pain relievers can be used to relieve itching and other discomforts associated with an allergic reaction. If symptoms do not disappear quickly it is probably a good idea to contact your doctor. If you suspect a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1 immediately.

After an allergic reaction to a food occurs, complete a list of foods that you consumed that day. Look at the ingredients in those foods to help narrow down your actual food allergy.

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You might also want to talk to your doctor about the problem. He may be able to provide you with additional tools and resources that will help determine the cause of your allergy.

While it is essential to understand what to do in case of an allergic reaction, preventative measures should always be taken to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

In the case of an allergic reaction to food, it is identifying the cause that serves as the best method of prevention.

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