The Important Information You Should Know About Food Allergies


What you know about allergies, whether you suffer from them or not, is probably very limited. Sure, we all know the typical warning signs: stuffy nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, etc. But, the information that surrounds allergies should be a little more extensive than that, for the safety of yourself and those around you.

Here are some major pieces of information that you need to know about allergies this season; keep yourself informed, and keep yourself protected.

Allergy Tests
The realization that you are allergic to something usually comes from being around it or ingesting it, and having adverse reactions to it. Typically, to solidify just what your allergy triggers are, a physician will put you through a series of allergy tests. Now, as helpful as these tests are, all too many people put their trust into the results with 100 percent wholeheartedness. However, a positive skin or blood test does not always necessarily mean you’re allergic to that particular thing. In fact, it is being encouraged more and more for parents to expose their children at a younger age to the more common allergy triggers, so that the child’s body can adapt and build up a tolerance.

Arguably the most common allergy trigger, more people, parents of young children especially, need to become aware of the warning signs for peanut allergies. According to studies, the amount of children living with peanut allergies has almost tripled over the last decade.

The newest allergy claim is gluten. It seems to have popped up over night, but more restaurants are using gluten-free ingredients to cope with the many customers that claim to be severely allergic to gluten. With this said, in actuality, those that suffer reactions to consuming gluten actually have a food sensitivity, and not an allergy. Those with a gluten sensitivity usually have a hard time properly digesting gluten and often even suffer from celiac disease. So, for future reference, a food allergy is the body’s reaction to the protein within an ingredient. 

Outgrowing Allergies
Allergies don’t have to be a lifelong affliction, as it has been found that close to 30 percent of those with childhood allergies outgrow them by the time they are toddlers. Typically, the earlier a child’s first reaction is to a certain food, the likelihood of outgrowing the allergy increases exponentially. Outgrowing allergies favors boys over girls, as boys are more likely to outgrew them than girls, according to recent findings.


Story Link

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture