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Beware: Food allergies can be very dangerous

 Beware: Food allergies can be very dangerous

the kinds that can be life-threatening are known as an anaphylactic reaction, in which the person’s entire body shuts down. It starts with a rash in many cases, but can go into a respiratory distress that leads to total collapse of the circulatory and respiratory system. many of these patients will not survive this catastrophic event.

That simple food known as a nut — particularly the peanut — is the leading cause of food allergies. in some, just a minute amount of peanut or peanut oil can trigger a catastrophic reaction.

Other foods that are common causes of food allergies are shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, wheat and soybeans.

It is not unusual for food allergies to start during infancy. They are commonly found in children whose parents are allergic; that is, parents who suffer from hay fever, asthma or certain food allergies. Children with food allergies tend to be allergic to peanuts, mild, eggs, and soybeans.

BIG DIFFERENCE

There is a significant difference between a true allergy and an intolerance. Most people experiening a problem have a food intolerance. Food intolerances do not involve the immune system. instead, they involve a reaction in the digestive system. An example of this is that many people have an intolerance to dairy products. the actual product in the dairy that cause the condition is lactose, which is a milk sugar. Persons with intolerance to this particular sugar get a load of lactose in the form of a glass of milk or ice cream, and develop digestive systems such as diarrhea, abdominal pain or gas. a person who is allergic to protein in milk would have an immune system reaction that could consist of an itchy rash, shortness of breath, wheeze, cough, respiratory distress, and vascular collapse.

Some families will blame food allergies if they see that their child is hyperactive or depressed or demonstrate excessive tiredness. these are not food allergies. there are other things causing this kind of condition. Parents who think their child is having this type of symptoms should see their doctor for a complete evaluation.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

The most common symptoms in infants who develop food allergy can be a rash, such as an eczema or bumps that look like mosquito bites. in some children, they will have diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. By the time most children reach the age of 10, they will find that many of these allergies will go away. Unfortunately, there are some food allergies that will never go away and.

In adults, food allergies usually manifest themselves in rashes, hives, itchiness in the mouth or throat, and on occasion, runny nose and asthma. It is known that as a person ages, they will have a runny nose when they eat. this is not an allergy. If there is any question, though, check with your family doctor.

People who believe they are allergic to certain foods should eliminate them from their diet. It is a good idea that anyone who does have a severe food allergy such as to peanuts, should keep a special kit in their possession at all times. the kit can be obtained from your doctor.

Dr. Gordon J. Rafool is a specialist in family practice and geriatrics at Gessler Clinic, Winter Haven.

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