Building off of the food intolerance post, now I’ll be talking about food allergies.
What are they? Food allergies occur when the body’s immune system mistakes the ingredient as harmful and creates antibodies to fight the food. The antibodies create a variety of symptoms (discussed below).
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of food allergies are skin rashes, hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, itchy skin, shortness of breath chest pain, anaphylaxis and sudden drop in blood pressure.
Only 4 percent of American adults and 5 percent of children are affected by food allergies.
The most common food allergies are to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, soy and wheat.
Food allergies can be life threatening. If you think you have food allergies, see a doctor to get tested.