A food allergy is an allergic reaction that occurs when your body thinks a certain food (or an ingredient of a food) presents a danger and responds in a variety of ways trying to “fight” that danger.
More commonly food allergies occur in babies and children, but people of all ages can have food allergies. You can even develop a food allergy after never having a problem with that food in the past. While food allergies can run in families, there’s no way to predict if your children will inherit your food allergy, or if you’ll have a child with a food allergy even with no prior family history.
The most common triggers of food allergies in children are milk, eggs and peanuts. While a child may grow out of their milk or egg allergy, peanut allergies are less likely to go away. Children and adults can be allergic to most any food, but the ones that make up 90% of all food allergies are caused by milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.
Symptoms can come on within moments of eating the offending food, but also may take a few hours before they show up. Vomiting, hives, trouble breathing or swallowing, dizziness, weak pulse, paleness (blue coloring of skin), and shock are all potential reactions. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening response called anaphylactic shock (swelling of the throat and airways causing difficulty breathing), please call 911 and seek IMMEDIATE medical attention.
At Bluegrass Allergy Care we can help you identify which foods cause your symptoms and how to effectively manage your allergy. We specialize in diagnosing allergy symptoms in young children who may not be able to verbalize or explain their discomfort.