A food allergy is defined as any adverse response to food. Food allergies are more common in young children than adults, with almost one in twenty children being diagnosed with having food allergies. However food allergies are becoming increasingly more common in adults. The body’s allergic reaction to food can range from upset stomach, weight problems or skin rashes to dramatic life-threatening anaphylaxis and asthma.
A food allergy develops when the body recognizes one or more proteins found in a particular food as foreign and mounts a strong immune response against that protein. The reason why some people have food allergies is not fully understood.
Research has found associations between diet and food allergies. The length of infant breastfeeding, amounts of healthy intestinal bacteria, and levels of vitamin D are all factors in food allergy development. Research is also being conducted around the timing of food introduction to infants and toddlers, and diet during pregnancy.
The immune system’s response can be systemic; causing hives (itchy rash), asthma and anaphylaxis, or it can be local, causing abdominal symptoms. Whereas allergies to milk and eggs tend to disappear as children reach their teenage years, allergies to nuts and shellfish tend to be permanent.
Learning a loved one has food allergies can add significant stress to families, especially if a young child is in school or day care. The first step in managing food allergies is proper diagnosis, followed by developing a toolkit for living safely and eating healthy with food allergies.
Proper diagnosis of food allergies is the most important step in combatting food allergies. If you believe that either you or any family member (children or adult) suffers from a food allergy, please come to our office for full evaluation.
Our physicians use the newest diagnostic modalities and procedures to fully work-up any possible food allergy, including component testing and food patch testing. Hudson Allergy will be helping to lead the newest treatments including food desensitization as they become available. If you fear you have a food allergy, schedule an appointment to understand what you are allergic to and how to eat safely.Search More
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