Food allergies are a common reason why people visit an allergy doctor.
This type of allergy can prevent you from eating and enjoying your favorite
foods, but seeking treatment may provide you with relief from your symptoms.
Read on to learn the answers to common questions about
What are the symptoms of a food allergy?
The symptoms of a food allergy typically occur just after ingestion or
within 2 hours, can range from mild to severe, and can affect the gastrointestinal
tract, the skin, the respiratory tract, and the cardiovascular system.
Some of the most common symptoms of a food allergy include hives, stomach
cramps, vomiting, wheezing, coughing, trouble swallowing, dizziness, and
a hoarse throat. More severe symptoms include shock, circulatory collapse,
swelling of the tongue, a weak pulse, and anaphylaxis.
What are some common types of food allergies?
The average person’s food allergies fall into one of the following
categories: egg, corn, fish, shellfish, meat, milk, tree nut, peanut,
soy, wheat, and food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES). Usually
affecting infants and young children, FPIES is a type of gastrointestinal
How common are food allergies?
In the United States, it’s estimated that about 50 million people
have an allergy of some kind. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimate that food allergies affect 4% of adults and 6% of children. Although
they can develop at any age, food allergies are seen most often in babies
How can I address my food allergy?
If you are diagnosed with a food allergy, the best way to manage your symptoms
is to avoid the aggravating food altogether. To do this, consistently
read food labels and be wary of cross-contamination. Food allergies sometimes
fade away over time, and allergists recommend immunotherapy for some patients.
Do you need treatment for food allergies in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King
of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville?
If so, then look no further than Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠. To
schedule your appointment
with one of our allergy doctors, please call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2 or visit www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.