Food allergy remains one of the most persistent forms of allergic reaction.
No one knows why people have certain allergic responses to different types of food.
But it is a fact that once a person is exposed to the food allergen, the symptoms will surely follow.
The foods that adults or children react to are those foods they eat often
A Food Allergy is defined as an individual’s adverse reaction to food. Almost any food can trigger a reaction in a person who is susceptible.
Other terms for Food Allergies are “Food Intolerances and Food Sensitivities.”
For adults, the common foods that cause allergic reactions include: shellfish such as shrimp, crayfish, lobster, and crab.; peanuts, a legume ; tree nuts such as walnuts; fish; and eggs.
Children are somewhat different.
The common food allergens that cause problems in children are eggs, milk, and peanuts. Children can sometimes outgrow them. Children are more likely to outgrow allergies to milk or soy than allergies to peanuts, fish, or shrimp.
These food allergies can cause catastrophic events to happen .Reactions range from rashes, pain, to anaphylactic shock.
When trying to figure out if and what food you have a problem with, it is very important to keep an accurate diary of your daily food and drink intake.
You also need to write down in detail the symptoms that you are felling.
Without doing this, there is no hope in finding what is ailing you. Keep detailed records!
How do you find out if you have an allergy or sensitivity to a food, preservative or food coloring?
The first thing that you have to do is have a suspicion that you have a problem. There is a difference between an overt allergy and a sensitivity.
The allergy will cause overt symptoms such as hives, rashes to in some cases anaphylaxis. (Hypersensitivity especially in animals to a substance, such as foreign protein or a drug, that is caused by exposure to a foreign substance after a preliminary exposure.).
A food sensitivity will cause subtle discomforts such as a generalized uneasy feeling. Maybe an increase in your heart rate, excessive belching or flatulence or stomach distension. You may also feel fatigued.
The next thing that you have to do and maybe its the most important is to read the labels of the foods that you buy. Most food items use the same preservatives.
How to prevent?
You must become a detective!
We suggest that prior to making your first elimination that you write down exactly how you are feeling. Then eliminate that one food. This food needs to be eliminated for 4 straight days to determine if it is causing you any problems. Each day of the elimination, you need to journal how you are feeling. At the end of the forth day, compare your journal entries. If you are feeling the same at the end of day 4 as you did before the elimination, then that food is not the culprit. You need to keep trying different food one at a time for the 4 day period until you find the culprit. It could take a while.
Remember, your problems may be caused by more than one food. That is why the journal is so important. If say prior to the first food elimination you had 6 symptoms. Now after the elimination of this food, you have 3 symptoms. Then you need to eliminate that food from your diet. Don’t stop there though! You now need to eliminate another food. If you feel the same after that food is eliminated for 4 days, then try another food.
This process can take over a month to complete!