Food Allergy Treatment Questions and Answers
Food Allergies are very common among children. This condition may present as itchiness and/or swelling of lips and tongue, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and cramping, or hives and eczema. At Trivita we are ready to help you and your loved ones. Contact us. We serve patients from Scottsdale AZ, Arcadia AZ, Gainey Ranch AZ, Paradise Valley AZ, and Tempe AZ.
Food allergies – and even sensitivities – are becoming an increasingly more common problem. In fact, the Food Allergy Research & Education’s website indicates an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. have some type of food allergy. While most food allergies aren’t life-threatening, they do cause unpleasant symptoms that can affect you or your child’s life.
What Are Common Types of Food Allergies?
While numerous food allergies exist, eight allergens are more common than any of the others. In fact, these eight account for approximately 80 percent of all food allergies, as noted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Milk is a very common allergy, especially for children. Although adults can have a sensitivity or allergy to milk, a majority of the time, people grow out of it by the time they reach adulthood.
Eggs are also a common allergy. Over 50 percent of children with this allergy outgrow it by the time they reach adulthood. Sometimes, people have an allergy to bass, cod, and other similar fish while others are allergic to shellfish like lobster and shrimp. Peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soybean make the list of the most common allergies as well.
What Are the Signs of an Allergic Reaction?
A food allergy occurs when your immune system responds to the proteins in a particular food. You may have a reaction when you consume only a small amount of this item. The symptoms can develop in as little as a few minutes after you eat a food. On the other hand, some individuals don’t experience a reaction until several hours after exposure.
The symptoms vary from person to person. For instance, your tongue, face, or mouth may begin to swell. You might start to have difficulty breathing or begin wheezing. It’s possible for your blood pressure to decrease. An allergy could also lead to digestive issues like heartburn, vomiting, abdominal cramping, or diarrhea.
How Can We Help Your Food Allergy?
When you come into our office, the first step to finding a food allergy treatment is to determine the source of the allergy. We begin by asking you questions about your medical history. We will inquire whether anyone else in your family has a food allergy since an allergy can be passed down from generation to generation.
If you already know what you’re allergic to, we may focus on the treatment process. However, if you don’t know, we’re often able to detect the root of your allergy through testing. For example, a skin prick test consists of our physician placing a possible allergen on your back or forearm and puncturing the skin slightly. Next, our specialist waits to see if you have a reaction. On the other hand, it’s possible to use a blood test.
Next, we combat the symptoms. This may consist of us giving you a medication to ease your symptoms. For instance, we may give you an antihistamine that reduces the prevalence of your rash. On the other hand, we may prescribe you a drug to ease your digestive upset. We’ll then provide you with education about the products that may contain what you’re allergic to. Additionally, we’ll supply you with other advice regarding avoiding your allergen.
Schedule an appointment for food allergy treatment at Trivita Clinic of Integrative Medicine today! Located at 16100 North, Greenway Hayden Loop, Suite G-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Call us.