Treating Common Food Allergies & Discomfort
Food allergies affect over 10 million people in the United States, from infants to adults. A food allergy occurs when the body recognizes a substance it sees as harmful and then responds with an aggressive attack—known as an allergic reaction. Although some reactions can be mild and easily controlled, others are much more severe. Common food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, soy, eggs, wheat, fish, milk, and other dairy products. Food allergies specifically affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are quite uncomfortable, and treating them is crucial.
Anaphylaxis is a dangerous reaction to a GI food allergy and is characterized by certain symptoms including:
- Low blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain
Knowing the specific foods that trigger allergic reactions in your body is beneficial because ignorance can sometimes be severe or even fatal. If you are suffering from a food allergy but are unsure of where to go for help, talk to our experienced doctors at Annapolis Allergy & Asthma.