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Food Allergies

Food allergies can occur in all age groups and has been rapidly increasing in the population. 
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ASAP Illinois Food Allergies

What are Food Allergies?

Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms such as digestive problems, hives , trouble breathing, or swollen airways. In some people, a food allergy can cause severe symptoms or even a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.

How do I know if I have Food Allergies?

For some people, an allergic reaction to a particular food may be uncomfortable but not severe. For other people, an allergic food reaction can be frightening and even life-threatening. Food allergy symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to three hours after eating the offending food.

The most common food allergy signs and symptoms include:
Tingling or itching in the mouth
Hives, itching or eczema
Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat or other parts of the body
Wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting

Why I should see an allergist for food allergies?

It is important to see an allergist to help determine what food is causing the allergy, how to avoid the food, and when the food can be safely introduced. An allergist can also help formulate an action plan in case of accidental exposure to the food. 

Common ways to treat Food Allergies

Once food allergy has developed, the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid that food.

Read labels and know what you're eating and drinking 
Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace that will let other people know that you have a food allergy in case you have a reaction and you're unable to communicate.
Carry an epinepherine auto injector (Epi Pen) at all times in case of accidental exposure.
Communicate allergies clearly with staff at resturants. Writing allergies down and giving it to the chef can be very helpful

See an Allergist to start feeling better today

Dr. Rachna Shah and Dr. Karina Gobin are experts in the treatment of allergic disease in both children and adults. They are serving the Oak Park, River Forest, Melrose Park, Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, and Addison areas. Both practice cutting-edge, evidenced based medicine.
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