What is a Food Allergy?
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Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body’s immune system. Allergic reactions to food can sometimes cause serious illness and even death, especially tree nuts and peanuts, the leading causes of anaphylaxis.
In adults, the foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include:
- Fish and shellfish, such as shrimp, lobster and crab
- Tree nuts, such as walnuts
In children, eggs, dairy products and peanuts are common food allergens.
People may say they are intolerant of some foods. This intolerance is not an allergy because your immune system does not cause them. Allergies develop by becoming sensitized to the food allergen. The allergen stimulates lymphocytes (a type of while blood cell) to produce the IgE antibody that is specific for the allergen. This IgE antibody is released and attaches to the surface of mast cells that in turn release the chemical histamine. Histamine causes certain reactions in the body.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Food Allergy?
All of the symptoms of food allergy occur within a few minutes to an hour of eating.
The common symptoms are:
- Itching in the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing and breathing
- Swelling of the oral mucous membranes
- Swelling of the lips and sometimes the eyes
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain (also common symptoms of food intolerance)
- Hives (urticaria)
Infants and Children with Food Allergies
As a pediatrician and now a homeopathic doctor, Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus, recommends ALL infants be breast-fed exclusively for the first four to six months of life to help protect them against developing allergies to foods. It is also important for the mother to be sure to avoid foods that are common allergens such as milk and other dairy products.
Infants who have food allergies may not show the typical symptoms listed above, but may have infantile colic, blood in the stool or poor growth. Because of the colic pain they may have poor sleeping patterns
Homeopathy Can Help Stimulate the Immune System to Heal Food Allergies
With careful case taking, homeopathy can help restore the vital energy to balance and homeostasis and throw off the tendencies to develop food allergies. Avoiding the food allergens is important, but with continued treatment with homeopathic medicine, you will one day be free of these food allergies.
Food allergies can negatively impact the quality of your life. Dr. Bedinghaus is ready to help you. Call her now at 303-986-0492 and find out more about homeopathy.