The 5 Most Common Food Allergies

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The 5 Most Common Food Allergies

It hasn’t been until just recently that people have started to realize the wide variety of items that can cause allergic reactions in both adults and children. Over time, allergies can either develop or go away. A hundred years ago, an allergy to gluten was seen as an unknown illness and people weren’t able to understand or know how to treat the symptoms that appeared. Now we know that allergies can be the cause of migraines, stomach aches, muscle spasms, hives, acne and a variety of other ailments. Food allergies don’t always send you to the doctor, which makes them harder to catch. Your body could just have a sensitivity to it that causes pain to flare up. To help you to better understand the different allergies, here are the 7 most common and their symptoms.

1. Dairy

Milk allergies are more common in children. The allergy appears as swollen lips, hives, and stomach pains. The child will usually outgrow the allergy but not always. Some adults might still see symptoms of the allergy and, if so, they should try to avoid dairy. Other times, the person will outgrow the allergy and instead will grow intolerant of the lactose in milk. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea or gastroesophageal reflux. It’s important to note that it is not an allergy but an intolerance. That means that individuals are unable to digest lactose (which is the sugar in milk).

2. Eggs

Eggs are also common for children to be allergic to. About 68% of children will outgrow the allergy, some still hold onto it far into adulthood. Having an egg allergy cause moderate to severe digestion problems and stomach aches or skin reaction such as hives. In rare cases, the reaction could result in respiratory problems and anaphylaxis. If you or your child have a minor reaction to eggs, keep in mind that it’s possible to be allergic to just part of the egg. For example, you can be allergic to just the egg white but not the egg yolk and vice versa. Watch yourself or your child carefully when experimenting with allergies since a bad reaction can be fatal. Even while experimenting you want to keep your cellular nutrition in mind and ensure that you’re tracking your safety and the safety of your family.

3. Tree Nuts and Peanuts

Tree nut allergies affect 1% of the population. When other allergies manifest themselves in children, it’s likely that the child will outgrow it. However, it is highly unlikely that an individual will outgrow an allergy to tree nut allergy. It’s shown that less than 10% of people outgrow a tree nut allergy. This is one of the allergies that have more severe reactions and is often linked to anaphylaxis. Because of that, if you know that you have a tree nut allergy, you need to visit a doctor to determine how severe the allergy is.

4. Shellfish

Shellfish are more common of an allergy than a person might originally think. A person who has the allergy has it because their body attacks the proteins found in crustaceans and mollusk. This includes shrimp, prawns, crayfish, lobster, squid, and scallops. If you have an allergy to shellfish, then a seafood restaurant wouldn’t be your ideal place to visit. The problem with a lot of seafood is that the foods regularly cross contaminate. It’s rare to find seafood that hasn’t been in contact with other types of crustaceans. Even the vapors of cooking shellfish can trigger a person who has an allergy to it.

5. Wheat

Wheat allergies are also more common among children, and it is commonly outgrown. Having an allergy to wheat is different from having celiacs disease or gluten sensitivity. Allergies almost always relate to the protein that is found in the food — the allergy results in digestive distress, hives, vomiting, rashes, migraines, swelling and, in severe cases, anaphylaxis.

Allergies are something that you need to pay attention to since they can be potentially fatal. There are many places where you can go to get your children, and yourself tested for potential allergies.