What you need to know about food allergies

May 12th, 2014

This week is the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week according to FARE-Food Allergy Research & Education network. In 1998, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now FARE, created Food Allergy Awareness Week to educate the public about food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition.

According to FARE, mild symptoms to an allergic reaction to food may include one or more of the following:
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Redness of the skin or around the eyes
  • Itchy mouth or ear canal
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Nasal congestion or a runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Slight, dry cough
  • Odd taste in mouth
  • Uterine contractions
Severe symptoms may include one or more of the following:
  • Obstructive swelling of the lips, tongue and/or throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Turning blue
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Chest pain
  • A weak or “thread” pulse
  • Sense of “impending doom”
Allergist/Immunologist, Dr. Jeffrey Lehman gives some tips on how to manage your food allergies:
  • Complete avoidance of specific food trigger
  • Ensure nutritional needs are being met
  • Educating yourself those around you
  • Anaphylaxis emergency action plan if applicable
  • Dietary elimination
For more information or to make an appointment with our Allergist/Immunologist Jeffrey Lehman, MD, please call 618.549.5361. To make an appointment with Allergist/Immunologist Ronald Mings, MD, please call 618.549.9385.

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