Flag This Item
Uploaded by: euinvest21 on Apr 24, 2012
John Harun Mwau , Harun Mwau: Food Allergy Symptoms?
When Should I Go To the Doctor for Food Allergy Symptoms?
You eat a meal at a nice seafood restaurant and feel "wrong" afterwards. Is it an allergy or just indigestion? Your child had a snack two hours ago, took a nap, and woke up with hives on his belly. Should you call the doctor or should you give him a dose of Benadryl and wait and see?
Here are some general guidelines to help you determine which symptoms are likely to be associated with food allergies or severe food intolerances and when you need to call the doctor. In general, if you think you might be experiencing an allergic reaction, err on the side of caution: have your doctor check it out.
Call 911 or your local emergency number if:
• You experience hives or swollen lips or tongue along with difficulty breathing,
• You experience changes in consciousness after eating,
• You experience two or more of hives, swollen lips, low blood pressure (which may make you feel woozy or cause changes in heart rate when sitting upright or standing), or abdominal symptoms (vomiting, severe nausea, or diarrhea) after eating, or
• You have an asthma attack after eating that doesn't respond to your normal rescue medication, especially if you are also experiencing skin symptoms or swelling.
These symptoms can indicate a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, is a life-threatening reaction sometimes triggered by food allergens. Severe asthma attacks also require immediate attention from a medical professional if they do not respond to rescue medication.
Call your general practitioner or pediatrician as soon as possible if:
• You experience swelling of the lips or tongue after eating,
• You wheeze or have difficulty breathing after eating,
• You have itchy hives over a large area of your body that appear soon after eating,
• An infant is experiencing severe dif