Have you ever experienced a runny nose, itching, or diarrhea after eating a particular food? Well, if this is the case then you might be allergic to that particular food. While some allergies are there with you since birth, some of them develop as you grow. It can be because of your weak immune system or how your body reacts to that food item. Here are a few common food allergies and ways to identify them:
The most common food allergy which affects most of the people around the globe is milk. The ones who are allergic to milk are known as lactose intolerant. This allergy is usually seen in toddlers and automatically subsides as they grow. Some people continue being intolerant and some can develop it in adulthood. Those who are lactose intolerant must not eat foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, and butter. If you cannot let go of cow milk from your diet, you can switch to almond or cashew milk, which are the best substitutes for lactose-intolerant people. If you experience vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea after the consumption of any dairy product, then you must get yourself checked for the allergy.
Another common allergy seen in people is egg allergy. Those who have this experience symptoms like skin rashes, stomach aches, and breathing issues, right after eating eggs. If you are egg intolerant, then the first thing you need to do is eliminate eggs from your diet. You must test whether you can eat products (such as cake, mayonnaise etc.) or not. Many people who are egg intolerant are not egg-products intolerant. An anonymous study found from their sample size that around 70% of children with an egg allergy were able to tolerate biscuits or cakes containing eggs, without showing symptoms.
As Indians, we have been habitual of eating wheat chapatis since our childhood. Still, you must check with yourself regarding its symptoms to make sure you are not wheat intolerant. Like other allergies, wheat allergy can cause problems like digestive issues, rashes/hives, nausea/vomiting, and swelling. If you find yourself gluten sensitive, then you must instantly boycott all gluten-based products. You can find wheat substitutes to replace wheat in your diet that includes bajra, sooji, rice, besan, oats, and quinoa. A wheat allergy is probably the easiest of all. It is done through a skin prick testing and diagnosis is done instantly.
People who have nut allergy might be intolerant towards nuts, such as Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts. If you have a nut allergy then you must avoid raw nuts, nut butter, and nut oil. Symptoms of nut allergy could be rashes, tingling sensation in the throat, swelling of the lips, and nausea. Severe nut allergies can trigger Anaphylaxis and can even cause death. It basically leads to the throat swelling and interrupts the breathing pattern. Thus, people with nut allergies are always advised to carry an epi-pen with them. An epi-pen is a life-saving device for those who suffer from allergies. This device lets the allergic person inject himself with a shot of adrenaline if he observes an allergic reaction.
Those who suffer from soy allergy can be easily triggered by food items such as, soy sauce, soy milk, and soya bean products. Soy allergy symptoms can range from an itchy mouth and runny nose to skin redness and breathing difficulties. Allergies, if not paid attention, can turn life-threatening in serious cases. Thus, it is always advised to report such symptoms to your doctor and get yourself checked for it.
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