Posts for: July, 2019
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.