Food allergies occur most often in infants and children, but can appear at any age. Foods you have eaten for years can suddenly cause allergies. An allergy can start within minutes of eating a food, or may not start for hours. Reactions can be mild, such as a runny nose or itching, or very severe, such as swelling of throat, difficulty breathing, or a drop in blood pressure.
The most common symptoms of food allergies are:
- Skin rashes: hives or eczema
- Intestinal problems: vomiting, nausea, cramps, diarrhea
- Runny, stuffy nose and sneezing
- Swelling of lips, tongue or throat
- Asthma, cough or wheezing
- Anaphylaxis (two or more of above or shock)
The foods most likely to cause allergies are:
- Tree nuts
- Fish and shellfish
Not all reactions to foods are food allergies, and instead fall into a larger category of adverse food reactions. The most common non-allergic reaction is lactose intolerance, an enzyme deficiency that makes digesting cow’s milk difficult. Allergy and Asthma Associates of North Jersey PA, through history, skin testing, and possible challenge, can help determine the cause of your problems and develop a treatment plan.
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