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Importance in diet
Common allergic symptoms include:
Most severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis – a life-threatening reaction in some people. This could cause difficulty in breathing, fall in blood pressure level, rapid pulse, dizziness or fainting. If untreated with epinephrine (adrenaline), this allergic reaction could lead to unconsciousness or death.
The majority of food allergies are triggered by certain proteins in the following foods:
Risk factors that can cause food allergies include- your age (children are more susceptible), genetics (genetic changes and family history), asthma diagnosis.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Symptoms of an allergy are usually self-diagnosed. You need to visit your healthcare provider for a specific diagnosis and treatment. It can be confirmed after carefully observing your symptoms and running some blood tests or skin prick test. They will discuss certain elimination diet plans that can be tried and then prepare a chart with list of foods for you to eat and avoid.
Yes, food allergies do have a genetic component. Chances of your child to have a food allergy increases if an immediate family member (parent or sibling) already has a food allergy.
A sudden change (mutation) in the FLG (flaggrin) gene causes tree nuts allergy (hazelnut, groundnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, etc.)
Yes, food allergies can be developed at any age. However, adult-onset of a food allergy or any allergy is quite uncommon.
Currently, there are no permanent cure for food allergies. However, with the help of medicines and awareness they can be treated. Recent studies and advances show that by using genetic testing, food allergies can be treated with personalised medicine.
The best way to avoid food allergies is to take allergen-free diet. Other ways include, to carefully read the ingredients labels or to inquire or inform the restaurant waiter to avoid using ingredients that cause your allergy while eating away from home. As preventive measure you can carry your allergy treating medicines when on the go.
Food allergy causes an immune system reaction, with mild to severe symptoms. In contrast, food intolerance symptoms are less serious and often limited to digestive problems.
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