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Food allergies have become an important topic in recent years for a multitude of reasons. Their incidence has been on the rise, affecting 30% of adults and 40% of children. People can be allergic to just about anything but there are 8 allergens which are most common.

What is an allergy? When your body is exposed to an irritant (known as an allergen), such as pollen, it launches an attack against it. Most of the time when this happens, we don't even notice it. Sometimes, if there's an overabundance of the allergen or your body is especially sensitive to it, this immune response shifts into overdrive. Your eyes water, your nosy gets stuffy, or you break out in an itchy rash. Some allergens cause life-threatening reactions, such as anaphylaxis, which leads to a sudden drop in blood pressure and a narrowing of breathing airways.

Milk, eggs, soy, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish are among the most common foods that cause allergies.

Food allergies can cause serious and even deadly reactions. So it's important to know how to recognize an allergic reaction and to be prepared if one happens.

Foods That Cause Food Allergies

Foods can also act as allergens. When someone is allergic to a food, they can't eat it at all. Some allergies are so severe that people can't even be near the irritant, as breathing it in or touching it could cause anaphylaxis. An allergy is different than a food sensitivity or intolerance. Intolerances, such as the inability to digest milk (lactose intolerance) are not typically life-threatening, although they will cause discomfort, such as bloating and diarrhea, if ingested.

Signs & Symptoms of a Food Allergy

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of a Food Allergy?

With a food allergy, the body reacts as though that particular food product is harmful. As a result, the body's immune system (which fights infection and disease) creates antibodies to fight the food allergen .

Every time the person eats (or, in some cases, handles or breathes in) the food, the body releases chemicals like histamine. This triggers allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, or cardiovascular system.

Symptoms can include:

  • wheezing
  • trouble breathing
  • coughing
  • hoarseness
  • throat tightness
  • belly pain
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
  • hives
  • red spots
  • swelling
  • a drop in blood pressure, causing lightheadedness or loss of consciousness (passing out)

8 Food Allergens

The Big 8 are the cause of 90% of recorded allergies and labeling is required by the FDA to warn consumers of their presence or possible presence in foods.

1. Food Allergen Peanut

Peanuts are actually legumes, which as a group are responsible for a large number of allergic reactions. People allergic to peanuts are not likely to be allergic to other legumes, such as lentils. Children are more likely to develop a peanut allergy if they already have an egg allergy.

2. Food Allergen Shellfish

Shellfish can also cause severe allergic reactions. Crustaceans (shrimp, lobster, crabs) are the most common, although some allergic reaction may occur with mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters). Shrimp is considered the most allergenic.

3.  Food Allergen Fish

Pollock, salmon, cod, tuna, mackerel, and snapper are among the fish which commonly trigger fish allergies. The allergen in this group is the fish muscle protein parvalbumin. These allergies are often developed during adulthood and are less likely to be outgrown.

4.  Food Allergen Milk

Milk allergy is the most common allergy in infants and young children. A milk allergy causes an immune response to the proteins in milk. All milks, including those from cows, goats, and sheep can pose a problem. Most children outgrow their milk allergy.

5.  Food Allergen Eggs

Also common in children, both the yolk and the whites of eggs can trigger a reaction, but in some cases the egg yolk is less allergenic. Eggs are not only used in foods, but also in skincare products and cosmetics which contain eggs. Most children will outgrow their egg allergy.

6.  Food Allergen Soy

Also in the legume family, soy is an allergy that kids are likely to outgrow. Here in the United States, soy is most often found in processed foods, either as soybean oil or soy protein isolate. People with soy allergies may be able to have soy lecithin without issue.

7.  Food Allergen Wheat

Wheat allergies are fairly common and typically resolve during childhood. A wheat allergy is different than Celiac disease, where gluten causes the inflammatory reaction. Celiac disease launches a different immune response than other allergens. Actual wheat allergies are uncommon in adults.

8.  Food Allergen Tree nuts

One of the most potent and common allergens, tree nut allergies affect 1.1% of the world's population. Those affected by the tree nut allergy should avoid macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, chestnuts, hazelnuts, and pine nuts. The reactions associated with tree nuts are often severe, with walnuts and cashews causing the most reactions. At least 90% of children that have a tree nut allergy will not outgrow it.

In Conclusion

Accuracy in food labeling is critical for people with allergies, but it's not as easy to be sure when dining out. Don't be afraid to ask your server or the chef what's in the dishes, including any allergens the foods may have come in contact with. It's in your best interest to enjoy your meal safely!

 

Comments

  1. There is a boy in my sons class who is seriously like the nerd of the world.. he is allergic to everything, and has asthma and like all these medical issues and i really dont believe public school is the place for a child with so many problems. Our kids cannot bring in snacks like when they have class parties and things because of this kids food allergies.. their gym class is not allowed to do certain activities that are too rough for the kids.. its just super annoying and im not the only parent who thinks so. but this boys mom is clueless.

    so my son is a very picky eater and he cannot even bring in PB&J for lunch because of this kid. technically the school cannot BAN him from bringing it so i am thinking of letting him pack it anyways.. me and some of the other parents are going to talk to the teacher about this kid and that we want him out.

    is this totally heartless?? i am prob going to do it anyway but i just want to know what other parents think bfore i start talking to a lot of them about my plan.

    my son is in 1st grade btw.
    i see what you are saying… ahh it is late my my nerves are getting the best of my judgement.

    i feel for the kid who didnt ask to be born the way he is. i just get irrated that the ADULTS do not handle the situation better. i am … overprotective?? of my son.. meaning i just want his school expierence to be the best it can be and i dont like him having to sacrifice things.
    Stackso-

    lets leave the attitude. you made it clear that u think i am terrible for my words of frustration against this kid. i appologized. i dont want sympathy i am irritated at a situation. i dont feel thats a cause for you to be so rude.
    Thank you. I understand your angle. As an adult, its something i probably should have considered more before ranting… i am guilty of being *that* parent who would knock over anyone who got in my sons way and thats probably a personal issue of my own.

    i am still trying to work out some sort of compromise or arrangement if possible so that these kids can have a more normal classroom expierence but i guess if worst comes to worse my son will learn to like ham and cheese.

  2. There is a boy in my sons class who is seriously like the nerd of the world.. he is allergic to everything, and has asthma and like all these medical issues and i really dont believe public school is the place for a child with so many problems. Our kids cannot bring in snacks like when they have class parties and things because of this kids food allergies.. their gym class is not allowed to do certain activities that are too rough for the kids.. its just super annoying and im not the only parent who thinks so. but this boys mom is clueless.

    so my son is a very picky eater and he cannot even bring in PB&J for lunch because of this kid. technically the school cannot BAN him from bringing it so i am thinking of letting him pack it anyways.. me and some of the other parents are going to talk to the teacher about this kid and that we want him out.

    is this totally heartless?? i am prob going to do it anyway but i just want to know what other parents think bfore i start talking to a lot of them about my plan.

    my son is in 1st grade btw.
    i see what you are saying… ahh it is late my my nerves are getting the best of my judgement.

    i feel for the kid who didnt ask to be born the way he is. i just get irrated that the ADULTS do not handle the situation better. i am … overprotective?? of my son.. meaning i just want his school expierence to be the best it can be and i dont like him having to sacrifice things.
    Stackso-

    lets leave the attitude. you made it clear that u think i am terrible for my words of frustration against this kid. i appologized. i dont want sympathy i am irritated at a situation. i dont feel thats a cause for you to be so rude.
    Thank you. I understand your angle. As an adult, its something i probably should have considered more before ranting… i am guilty of being *that* parent who would knock over anyone who got in my sons way and thats probably a personal issue of my own.

    i am still trying to work out some sort of compromise or arrangement if possible so that these kids can have a more normal classroom expierence but i guess if worst comes to worse my son will learn to like ham and cheese.

  3. wubbie2steps says:

    the look the kid gives when he said” we were supposed to go to zoo but we went to the hospital” is heartbreaking..He realizes how careful he must be and how difficult it can be to live with food allergies. You must always be aware of your allergy during play, movies, etc. The only relaxing safe place is home thanks to these wonderfully diligent parents.

  4. This is awesome, I am on a facebook group of parents of kids with peanut allergies and someone posted a link to this video. It is impossible for others to understand unless they live with t his daily. The fear of sending your child to school, to a playmates house, ect, is overwhelming, you want your child to lead a ‘normal’ life, but you also want to do all you can to protect them.

  5. erasercollector011 says:

    same here im allergic to LOTS of things

  6. kyle199227 says:

    im allergic to soo many thing…this video is amazing and soo true, a lot of people at my highschool dont really know how bad it really is…

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