Food Allergy Symptoms

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Food Allergy Symptoms

By Catherine Mason

It’s estimated that 15 million people in the U.S. have food allergies, so knowing food allergy symptoms can help determine if you should take action.

Food allergies have been a popular topic in recent years. We see “gluten-free” and nut allergy warning more and more on everything from restaurant menus to food wrappers. But is this a trendy new diet or could you actually have food allergies? While this topic certainly is trending, it’s anything but trendy.  Keeping in mind that food allergies can be lined up along a spectrum of severity (from sensitivity to anaphylactic responses), I would hazard to guess that the actual numbers may be significantly higher.  

You Might Have Allergies If ….

So, should you or someone you love be tested for food allergies? Only you and your qualified health professional should make that decision. Let’s explore some of the more common symptoms associated with the most prevalent food allergies.

Food Allergy Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

Milk

  • Nausea
  • Gas, abdominal cramps, bloating
  • Diarrhea, constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Earaches, ear infections
  • Sinus headaches, sinus infections
  • Asthma or asthma-like symptoms

Soy

  • Nausea
  • Gas, abdominal cramps, bloating
  • Diarrhea, constipation
  • Headaches
  • Hormonal imbalances (i.e., thyroid or metabolic issues, infrequent or heavy menstrual periods, etc.)

Eggs

  • Hives
  • Wheezing, trouble breathing
  • Abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
  • Watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose
  • Headache

Gluten (including wheat, rye, barley and, sometimes, oats)

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Gas, abdominal cramps, bloating
  • Diarrhea, constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Severe headaches, including migraines
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Asthma or asthma-like symptoms

Peanuts, Tree Nuts

  • Swelling and/or constriction (usually of the throat, lips or mouth)
  • Wheezing, difficulty breathing
  • Itchy skin, rash, welts, hives
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Anaphylaxis

Fish & Shellfish

Symptoms for this allergy are usually, but not always, limited to the mouth and throat:

  • Swelling and/or constriction (usually of the throat, lips or mouth)
  • Wheezing, difficulty breathing
  • Itchy skin, rash, welts, hives – usually around the mouth
  • Anaphylaxis

 Do You Have Food Allergies?

As you can see, there are food allergy symptoms that occur across all types of allergies. The bottom line is that an allergy to anything creates a response in our bodies, as our immune systems works to protect us. If you even suspect that you or someone you love might have a sensitivity, intolerance or allergy to food, I encourage you to get tested by a qualified health professional. I personally have several food allergies, and was not diagnosed correctly until I was well into my 30’s, despite being tested by several Medical Doctors. My diagnosis was made by a Naturopathic Doctor, and it changed my life for the better.
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Food Allergy Myths by Catherine MasonCatherine Mason is a writer, former educator, and someone who has multiple food allergies. As Tribe Leader & Chief Wellness Coach at www.mydietribe.com, she helps people identify, assimilate and maintain sustainable health and wellness practices in their everyday lives, with a focus on physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and financial wellness. Catherine may be contacted at catherine@mydietribe.com, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@mydietribe).

 

What symptoms or patterns have you noticed after eating certain foods? Do you treat your symptoms (with antacids or other medications), or have you addressed the root cause? Share here, and let’s learn together. 

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Catherine Mason is a writer, former educator, and someone who has multiple food allergies. As Tribe Leader & Chief Wellness Coach at www.mydietribe.com, she helps people identify, assimilate and maintain sustainable health and wellness practices in their everyday lives, with a focus on physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and financial wellness. Catherine may be contacted at catherine@mydietribe.com, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@mydietribe).

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