Allergies Fast Facts

September 20, 2008

Do you know what happens when someone has an allergic reaction?

It is their immune system responding to something – food, horse hair, chemicals in the air or whatever – that the body believes is harmful.

Although an individual could potentially be allergic to any food there are eight food groups that account for 90% of all food-allergy reactions:

o Milk.

o Egg.

o Peanut.

o Tree nut (walnut, cashew, etc.).

o Fish.

o Shellfish.

o Soy.

o Wheat and gluten.

At this point in time there is no known cure for food allergies or intolerances. Careful management focussed on either the complete abstinence from or carefully managed and restricted consumption of the offending foods is essential. Sometimes the problem may be related to the degree of exposure, both at an instance and over time, to a particular food and in others it may relate to combinations of food and food chemicals ingested. There may be issues with amines, salicylates, fructose mal-absorption, lactose intolerance, sulphur dioxide, MSG.

Are you or any of your loved ones allergic to a food substance?

Did you Know that eight food groups account for 90% of all food-allergy reactions?

Symptoms of food allergies range and, if you note any of the more moderate symptoms, prudence suggests you seek medical advice urgently as matters can, on some occasions, deteriorate quickly. Symptoms may include: headaches and migraines, tiredness, irritability, unexplained aches and pains in muscles and joints, psychiatric disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, aggravation of autism symptoms,

o a tingling sensation in the mouth
o swelling of the tongue and throat
o rash
o eczema
o hives and swelling
o vomiting
o headaches
o migraine
o muscular aches and pains
o joint pains
o abdominal cramps
o diarrhoea
o irritable bowel syndrome
o wheezing
o difficulty breathing
o anaphylaxis
o tiredness,
o lethargy,
o irritability
o chronic fatigue syndrome
o drop in blood pressure
o loss of consciousness
o and (very rarely) death

We trust this information is helpful and we welcome your questions or comments so that we can share them with all our readers. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question regarding this or any other post.

Warm regards.

Paul Smith

www.glutenfreehealth.net

www.glutenfreehealth.com.au

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