Relief Allergy & Sinus Institute

Food Allergies

Classic food allergies are caused by your body’s overreactive immune response to food proteins, and they exist in up to 4 percent of adults and 6-8 percent of children.

The most common food allergies in children are due to:
  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Tree Nuts
The most common food allergies in adults are due to:
  • Shellfish (crab, shrimp and lobster)
  • Tree Nuts (cashew, pistachio, almond, walnut and pecan)

Food allergies can cause life-threatening allergic reactions.

Symptoms of Food Allergies:
  • Symptoms of food allergies that can occur within minutes to a couple hours after eating:
    • Skin: Hives, itching, flushing or swelling
    • Lungs: Difficulty breathing, coughing, chest tightness or wheezing
    • Throat: Hoarseness, difficulty speaking or choking sensation
    • Mouth, nose and eyes: Runny nose and nasal congestion; sneezing; tongue swelling; and eye itching, swelling or redness
    • Heart and circulation: Weakness, dizziness, fainting, irregular heart rate or low blood pressure
    • Digestive system: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain
Diagnoses of Food Allergies:
  • Detailed History – our providers will take a detailed history to understand the symptoms, onset and causality of the foods associated with reaction
  • Skin Testing – a small extract of the suspected food is placed on your skin and then pricked through the skin to determine if a reaction occurs
  • Blood Testing – Blood tests measure the presence of IgE antibodies to specific foods.
  • Avoidance – detailed discussion on avoiding the foods that are causing your symptoms as well as proper reading of labels
  • Prevention – recent research has shown that early introduction of high allergenic foods in early infancy can help prevent food allergies
  • Oral Immunotherapy – slowly introducing the allergenic food and increasing it over time may help individuals increase their threshold that triggers a reaction

If you would like to learn more about how Relief Allergy & Sinus Institute can help you get your food allergies under control, request an appointment today online or call (630) 513-1691.