Men And Food Allergies What’s Healthy and What’s Not Part1

The Basics Common Symptoms of Food Allergies

Most Common Food Allergens
Diagnosing Food Allergy
Treatment for Food Allergies
Other Resources
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The Basics
Each year more than 50 million Americans suffer from a variety of allergic
diseases such as; atopic dermatitis and other eczemas, hives, allergies to venom of stinging insects (honeybees, wasps, and fire ants), allergic drug reactions and food allergies. According to the National

Institutes of Health, approximately 5 million Americans, (5 to 8% of children and 1 to 2% of adults) have a true food allergy.

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

Food allergy, also called food hypersensitivity,is a reaction of the body’s immune system to something in a food or an ingredient in a food usually a protein. Food allergens are not broken down by cooking or the digestive process. As a result, they enter the bloodstream and cause allergic reactions throughout the body. Food allergies can cause life-threatening reactions.

Other reactions to foods are called food intolerances or food idiosyncrasies. Food intolerance is an adverse reaction to a food substance or additive that does not involve the immune system.

These reactions are generally localized, temporary, and rarely life threatening. Lactose intolerance is an example of food intolerance.

Note: It is very important for individuals who have true food allergies to identify them and prevent allergic reactions to food because these reactions can cause serious illness and, in some cases, be fatal.

Common Symptoms of Food Allergies

Symptoms of food allergy differ greatly among individuals. They can also differ in the same person during different exposures. Allergic reactions to food can vary in severity, time of onset, and may be affected by wh