TRIGGER Food Allergy Facts

  • There is NO CURE for Food Allergies.
  • There is NO MEDICATION available to prevent reactions.
  • At this time avoidance of food is the ONLY way to prevent a reaction.
  • A Food Allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly treats a food protein as something dangerous. This can lead to a series of reactions as the body defends itself from the perceived danger.
  • The specific cause of Food Allergies is yet to be determined. There are many theories, including the ‘Cleanliness’ hypothesis-which supposes that children, particularly those in more developed countries, are growing up in an environment that is so clean or free from ‘germs’ that their bodies do not properly develop their Immune systems. Research is still ongoing on this issue.
  • Although nearly any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction. Experts have identified over 150 foods that can cause allergic reactions, but the list of foods that cause over 90% of all emergency situations involve just 8 specific food items, including; milk, eggs, fish.
  • The most severe reaction to a food allergy is referred to as ‘Anaphylaxis.’ Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening, multi-system allergic reaction.During this type of reaction several things happen to the victim, including:
    • A dangerous drop in blood pressure
    • A constriction of the airways in the lungs
    • Suffocation by swelling of the throat
  • Symptoms of Food Allergies:
    Symptoms usually appear anywhere from just a few minutes to up to two hours depending on the severity of the allergy, the size of the victim and other related issues.
    Symptoms can include various degrees of the following:

    • Hives
    • Flushed skin or rash
    • Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
    • Face, tongue, or lip swelling
    • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Coughing or wheezing
    • Dizziness and/or light headedness
    • Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Loss of consciousness
  • Diagnosis; A skin prick test or a blood test is commonly the first step to determine if an allergy exists.
  • Food intolerance occurs when the body has a chemical reaction to eating a particular food or drink.
  • The symptoms of a food allergy or simple intolerance are often similar, but food intolerances do not cause severe reactions such as anaphylaxis.
  • Many children outgrow selected food allergies; however, allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish usually last a lifetime.
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