Imagine going out to a restaurant with a friend or spouse. You’ve ordered your meal and are having a delightful conversation. When the appetizer arrives, you take a small bite and return to the conversation. Within minutes, your mouth begins to itch or tingle. Even though the food wasn’t spicy, you start sweating. You feel dizzy, lightheaded, and experience painful cramps in your abdomen. What started out as a pleasant evening, quickly turns into a trip to the emergency room.
Understand Your Allergy
A food allergic reaction involves the immune system. Your immune system controls how your body defends itself. For instance, if you have an allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system identifies cow’s milk as being harmful. Your immune system overreacts by producing allergic antibodies. The antibodies ultimately result in causing the allergic reaction. Food allergies exist in about 8 percent of children and around 3 percent of adults. The most common food allergies are:
If you have a reaction to one of these foods you may experience hives, itchiness, swelling of the skin, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. In severe cases, symptoms may also include difficulty breathing and anaphylactic shock. Beginning with a correct and accurate diagnosis of food allergy, one of the allergists at Oak Brook Allergists will develop and maintain a plan to help ensure as healthy and normal of a lifestyle as possible for you and/or your child