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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Allergies to Food and Common Symptoms of Allergic Reactions

Allergies to FoodReactions to Food

Almost any food can provoke an allergic reaction. The following is a list of eight foods that account for 90% of allergic reactions.

Food types
Main foods

Hidden sources
Milk and milk products
Dairy products such as milk, cheeses, yogurt, cream, ice cream, cream soups and certain baked goods and desserts.
Deli meats cut on same slicer as cheese, some canned tuna, non-dairy products and prepared meats.
Eggs (especially egg whites)
Cakes, mousses, ice cream, sherbets and other desserts, mayonnaise, salad dressings, French toast, waffles and pan cakes.
Toppings on specially desserts, some egg substitutes, processed cooked pasta (e.g. in soup)
Soy and soy products
Soy and soy beans, tofu, textured vegetable protein, hydrolyzed protein, miso, soy sauce, tamari, tempeh, natural and artificial flavors, vegetable broth, vegetable starch
Major ingredient in processed foods.
Wheat and wheat products
Cereals, bread or bread related products, dry soup mixes, cakes, pasta, gravies, dumplings, products containing flour, beer and ale.
Some hot dogs, ice cream, imitation crab and imitation meats.
Peanuts
Peanuts and peanut oil, peanut butter, peanut flour, baked goods and candy with nuts, natural flavoring. Wise to avoid all nuts.
Many candies, sunflower seeds, African, Chinese, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese food
Tree nuts
Candy and baked goods with pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazel nuts and pistachios, oil from nuts.
Natural and artificial flavors, barbeque sauce, some cereals, crackers and ice cream.
Fish
Fish, canned, smoked or pickled fish, fish liver oils, caviar, foods containing fish such as bisques, broths and stews.
Caesar salad dressings and imitation crab.
Shellfish
Crustaceans such as shrimp, crab, lobster and crayfish, mollusks such as clams, oysters and scallops and seafood dishes
Caesar salad dressings and imitation crab

Common Symptoms of Allergies

There are many symptoms of food allergies including nausea, vomiting ,diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, headaches, skin rashes or hives, itching, shortness of breath (including asthma attacks) and in severe cases, widespread swelling of the skin and mucous membranes. Swelling in the mouth or throat is potentially fatal because it can block the airways to the lungs. In the most severe cases, anaphylactic shock may develop. So, what should you do?
  • Read labels religiously.
  • Use extreme caution when eating in restaurants or as a guest in someone’s home. Don’t be afraid to ask about a recipe’s ingredient.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Carry an epinephrine self – injector (Epi-pen) in case of accidental exposure.

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