John Harun Mwau -Symptoms of classic food allergy
Symptoms of classic food allergy usually begin within two hours of eating a trigger food. Symptoms of food sensitivities, such aslactose intolerance or celiac disease, may be delayed up to 12 hours.
Food allergies may cause symptoms in your skin, stomach, airways, eyes, or entire body. Some of the signs of food allergy are:
Food allergies can cause rashes, such as:
• Hives: Raised red welts that move around the body
• Eczema: A scaly, itchy rash that may blister or peel
Your doctor may suggest treating skin reactions with an oral antihistamine (such asdiphenhydramine) or topical agents like steroid creams, calamine lotion, or oatmeal baths. Many hives all over your body or swelling all over your body are serious conditions in need of emergency medical care.
Food allergies may cause stomach or intestinal symptoms, such as:
• Nausea: Upset stomach, feeling that you may throw up
• Abdominal pain: Pain in your stomach or abdominal area
• Vomiting: Throwing up
• Diarrhea: Loose, watery stool, more than three times a day
Chronic stomachache may be a sign that you have a food allergy, or it may be a sign that you have lactose intolerance, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or something else. Antihistamines do not help these syndromes.
If your symptoms are primarily GI-related, you should seek out a gastroenterologist to help you pinpoint the problem and find solutions.
Food allergies can affect the lungs, throat, and ability to breathe. If you have asthma and food allergies, you are at a higher risk for having a severe allergic reaction that involves trouble breathing.
• Wheezing: A high-pitched sound that is made when trying to breathe through swollen breathing tubes
• Allergic rhinitis: Runny nose
• Angioedema: Swelling of lips, tongue, or face
Your doctor may suggest that mild
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