New to food allergies?
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with a food allergy or you’ve been living (possibly unawares) with one for some time now, there’s never a better time to get started managing them better than right now. Here’s what I recommend you read:
General Allergy Info
Allergies have well-known symptoms for the millions of people that suffer from them. Uncomfortable reactions keep many people indoors during pollen season, stops them from eating certain foods or prevents them from owning a pet. Allergy symptoms are basically caused by an over-production of histamine, and the treatment for seasonal allergies and some other types of allergies is an antihistamine. This may be an over-the-counter medication or one that is prescribed by a physician, (for moderate or mild allergies).
Allergies to pollen are usually in the mild or moderate range, whereas food allergies are often in the moderate to severe range. Allergies are in the severe range require immediate medication and will often require hospitalization.
Allergic reactions may start in childhood and continue on throughout adult life, or, as the child ages, they can outgrow the condition. Common allergens include pollen, mold, pet dander, dust, light and food. Insect bites can cause severe allergic reactions for some people and require the use of an Epi-Pen (device that administers epinephrine to prevent anaphylaxis).
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