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Food allergies in adults
As a percentage it is not many adults that are allergic to food – this is because the most common allergic reactions to food are outgrown when they were children. Food allergy is not to be confused with food intolerance as food allergy is the reaction of the body to individual protein contents of the food. The difference between diagnosing a food allergy versus food intolerance is the time limit that the reaction sets in after consuming the food. The allergic reaction will kick in about twenty minutes after eating pr drinking the food where as the reaction related to food intolerance will only be felt about an hour to two hours later. Some of the symptoms are swelling of glands, breathlessness, pain in the abdomen or lightheadedness etc you must immediately rush to the hospital as there is a chance that this might be a life threatening situation.
You can be responsible and take preventive action by carrying an anti-histamine tablet that is prescribed by your doctor and/ or a syringe containing epinephrine. Practice before so you know you can inject your self accurately if so needed. If you have discovered that you are allergic to one type of nut then you can proactively get your allergist to check whether you have reactions to any of the other nuts in the same family tree as the likelihood of this will be high.
|Submitted on March 23, 2011|