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How Common Are Food Allergies?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, up to 6% of children and 4% of adults have some type of food allergy. While this may not seem like much, the number of people dealing with allergies and intolerances has been on the rise.

Here’s more about food allergies, including triggers and symptoms, so that you can stay as healthy as possible when living with food allergies, especially when eating out.

What Are the Main Symptoms of a Food Allergy?

Around 50 million people living in the United States are living with some kind of food allergy. Depending on the severity of a person’s food allergy, there are a number of symptoms he or she can present with, such as vomiting, hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, trouble swallowing, weak pulse, dizziness and/or repetitive cough.

Because a person can experience anaphylaxis shock due to a food allergy, it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you or a loved one have been exposed to an allergen.

Most Common Food Allergens

  • Eggs

  • Milk

  • Peanuts

  • Tree nuts

  • Fish

  • Shellfish

  • Wheat

  • Soy

How Are Food Allergies Diagnosed?

If you believe you may have a food allergy, your doctor will carefully review your medical history and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Based on what’s found, your doctor may then recommend you undergo a skin test, blood test or both in order to diagnose any potential food allergies you may have.

Once a food allergy has been diagnosed, you can better learn ways to manage your allergy so that you are able to regain your quality of life without the worry.

Managing Food Allergies

  • Carefully read food labels.

  • Ensure foods are prepared safely away from allergens.

  • Recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

  • Have an emergency plan in place.

  • Learn how to use an auto-injector.

Do you think you might be experiencing food allergies? Stop by for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary.