Food allergies are becoming more common as the demand for allergy-friendly food has exploded.
But what if you’re allergic to anything else?
“I would be remiss to not mention the term ‘food intolerance’,” says Dr. Scott Warshaw, a Toronto allergist who has studied food allergies in patients.
Warshaws work with patients with food allergies.
“There are a lot of people who are extremely allergic to all types of foods, and their reactions are pretty extreme,” he says.
So what causes an allergic reaction?
In the vast majority of cases, the reaction is triggered by the same things, says Dr, Jennifer Hickey, an allergist and research associate at McMaster University.
They include foods containing eggs, nuts, fish, milk and dairy products, as well as foods made from foods that have been in contact with the skin or mucous membranes of someone with an allergy.
In some cases, allergy symptoms are triggered by proteins in food, which can include a substance in a food that can cause swelling, itching or burning.
There’s also an unknown trigger, but some researchers think the reaction to egg yolks is the most common cause.
Some food allergies are genetic.
But it can be hard to tell because there’s no way to tell if someone is a carrier or carrier-free.
Food allergies are treatable, so doctors can treat those patients with a variety of medications to help reduce the risk of re-symptom development.
For the most part, food allergies appear to disappear after a couple of weeks, says Warshavas.
And if you have a food allergy and your symptoms persist, you can start a food-allergy treatment plan to reduce the chance of a recurrence.
Warshaws advice to patients who are intolerant to a number of foods: Start small.
He suggests getting a variety to see if you’ll like them.
It’s best to get the food at a store that sells fresh fruits and vegetables.
You can also get it at a grocery store if you can’t afford it.
If it’s too hard, try the food of your choice.
Also, if you want to eat something that’s really good for you, ask your doctor to recommend a specific food.
It could be one of the following: nuts, seeds, beans, fish and/or dairy products like tofu, lentils, chickpeas, peas, rice, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, barley, rice milk, milk, whey protein or milk, almond milk, cheese, wheyd, soy, soy products, nuts or seeds, nuts and seeds but not peanuts, peanuts, sunflower, soybeans, or other plant-based sources.
When you have food allergies, you may have to adjust your diet.
Take the following steps: Get your medications as needed.
Take a multivitamin and vitamin E. Drink water.
Talk to your doctor if you develop symptoms of an allergy, like burning or itching, when you have to use the bathroom or if you get up early.
Don’t eat certain foods, like dairy products.
Drink lots of water.