Food allergies cause more than just annoying symptoms. Sometimes life-threatening, these sensitivities can greatly impact your lifestyle, work productivity, and school performance. Fortunately, here at Shoreline Allergy of Connecticut in Branford, Dr. Paul Alberti and Dr. Agnes Czlbulka are able to pinpoint and treat food allergies in both children and adults. Do you suspect you are sensitive to something you eat?
What exactly is an allergy?
When someone says that they have an allergy, they really mean that their body overreacts to an ordinarily innocuous substance in the environment. Animal dander, pollen, latex, smoke, and more are typical allergy triggers.
Allergic reactions vary from mild to severe to life-threatening (anaphylaxis). However, once the triggers are identified, they can be avoided and the symptoms can be suppressed through oral medications and immunotherapy (i.e. allergy shots).
Identifying food allergy symptoms
Food allergy symptoms can be quirky and sometimes so mild that the patient barely notices a reaction. Other times, reactions are severe and life-threatening (anaphylaxis), requiring fast-acting medication, such as epinephrine, or in-hospital treatment beginning in the emergency room.
Additionally, many allergies change over time, meaning that what you were allergic to as a child may not affect you as an adult.
Common food triggers include:
- Milk and milk products
- Tree nuts
- Shell fish (shrimp, crab and lobster as examples)
- Fish (pollock, salmon, tuna and tilapia as examples)
Food Allergy Research & Education states that knowing and avoiding your food triggers is important, particularly if you have severe reactions. However, simple avoidance sometimes does not suffice. Be sure to check food labels for certain ingredients and ask your favorite restaurants about any possible cross-contamination (kitchen surfaces or oils which may be used to prepare multiple dishes).
Common food allergy symptoms include:
- Swollen tongue and/or throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Changes in skin color and temperature
- Chest pain
If you get sick when consuming certain foods, you may have allergies. Find out for sure through a consultation with the allergists at Shoreline Allergy of Connecticut in Branford, CT. Here you will receive the finest care delivered by professionals who know the complexities of food allergies. Call today for an appointment: (203) 481-0003.
Allergies don’t have to dictate what you can and can’t do. Get them under control now!
From visiting a friend’s house that is overrun with pets to just trying to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a pollen-heavy day, there are so many reasons why your allergy symptoms might be acting up. Shoreline Allergy of Connecticut, your allergist in Branford, CT, can tell you some of the most common allergy symptoms and what you can do to make life with allergies a bit easier on yourself.
Pinpoint Your Triggers
The next time your allergies flare up, make note of what’s around you or what activities you were doing (e.g. vacuuming; gardening). Write down any patterns you notice and discuss them with your allergist to figure out what could be to blame for your allergies. Knowing what triggers your symptoms will help you avoid them altogether.
Make Changes to Your Home
It’s always a great idea to chat with your ear, nose and throat doctor about how to reduce your allergy symptoms from the comfort of your own home. After all, your home should be a comfortable abode not an allergy-riddled lair. If Fido has you sneezing, make sure he gets weekly baths and designate certain rooms as being pet-free (particularly bedrooms). Choose a HEPA-filter air conditioner that will filter out pollen and other outdoor allergens. Keep windows closed, particularly on windy days and make sure to keep all surfaces and furniture dusted and clean.
Consider Your Treatment Options
While you can certainly make a lot of lifestyle changes to improve your allergy symptoms, in most cases you may also require medication to help keep your allergies under control. You may find the proper relief through over-the-counter nasal sprays and other medications, while those with more moderate or serious allergy symptoms will want to turn to their ENT doctor to find out what prescription medication could control your allergies (or whether allergy shots are the best option).
Whether you have questions about managing your allergy symptoms or you want to find out what medication is right for you, give your allergist a call today if your allergies are becoming difficult to tackle on your own. Finding the right allergy relief is just a phone call away.
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