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Food Allergies and Intolerances

Everything You Need To Know About Food Allergies

According to research by FARE, around “1 in every 13 children in the United States under age 18 have food allergies”, bringing the total amount of people affected in the US to around 15 million....

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Food intolerance or Food Allergy? The Most Common Health Issues That Mimic Common Allergies

Unlike a food allergy, food intolerance is an inability to process a certain type of food. Most people often confuse the two, but food intolerance and food allergy have key differences that distinguish one from the other.

Some factors to consider are:

  • Length of time before symptoms start. 
  • Amount of food taken. 
  • Stark difference in the variety of foods causing the reaction...
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Don’t be Fooled! Know the Differences Between Food Allergies and Food Intolerance 

With an intolerance most symptoms tend to affect the digestive system with stomach cramps, irritable bowels, and going to the toilet a lot…or not at all! 

Food Intolerance Symptoms:

  • Stomach bloating 
  • Minor to severe headaches 
  • Cough and nasal congestion 
  • ...
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The Most Common Food Allergies To Be On The Lookout For

Food allergies are no laughing matter and they’re most definitely not just temporary inconveniences. In severe cases, a food allergy can lead to anaphylaxis, which could be life-threatening. An allergic reaction can occur within minutes to several hours following the ingestion of the problem food. Symptoms vary not just in types but also in severity....

Some factors to consider are:

  • Length of time before symptoms start. 
  • Amount of food taken. 
  • Stark difference in the variety of foods causing the reaction.
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My Son Has Allergies: I Got Him Tested For A Food Allergy On A Whim And It Saved His Life

Unlike a food allergy, food intolerance is an inability to process a certain type of food. Most people often confuse the two, but food intolerance and food allergy have key differences that distinguish one from the other.

Some factors to consider are:

  • Length of time before symptoms start. 
  • Amount of food taken. 
  • Stark difference in the variety of foods causing the reaction.
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of an Allergic Reaction

Symptoms

Symptoms

Allergy Symptoms In Kids: Know If Your Child is Having An Allergic Reaction

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Some factors to consider are:

  • Length of time before symptoms start. 
  • Amount of food taken. 
  • Stark difference in the variety of foods causing the reaction.
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The signs and symptoms of a food allergy can vary from individual to individual, with some children experiencing mild manifestations (such as itching around the mouth), whereas a select few may have severe symptoms that may cause death. These clinical features may occur either immediately or after a few hours of ingesting an offending food item. 

Treatments for Allergies

Food Allergies in Children: An Overview

An allergy is defined as an excessive reaction of the immune system to an offending agent such as a food item or drug. Any child who upon ingesting, inhaling or touching a certain food item develops skin rashes (or hives), swelling of the lips or face...

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Advice to protecting your child with food allergies: 

  • Consult a dietician to know which foods can help maintain a healthy diet for your child. 
  • The child should always wear an alert bracelet listing all his food allergies. Children should always carry the epinephrine shot with themselves. 
  • Inform the child’s teachers, coaches, friends, and babysitters of the food allergy your child is suffering from. Make sure all these caregivers are aware of the clinical symptoms of an allergic reaction. 
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Epinephrine, EpiPen: The What’s And How’s

EpiPens or Epinephrine injections are prescription medicines that are used in treating serious and life-threatening allergic reactions caused by foods, insect bites, medications, and other allergens. This drug works by relaxing the muscles in the air passages and tightening the blood vessels...

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Antihistamine – What Is It And Why Does It Work?

Antihistamines are a type of medicine that are specially used to treat allergy symptoms, from hay fever, bites from bugs and insects, conjunctivitis and food allergies. However, not every single allergy symptom can be relieved with oral antihistamines. Sometimes, creams or epinephrine are needed... 

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Know When to Use an Antihistamine or an EpiPen for Allergies – Understanding The Severity of an Allergy

Having an allergy can be inconvenient; you have to police what you eat and always have the right medication on you just in case the worst happens. It’s a common misconception that allergies are curable. In fact, the opposite is actually the case... 

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You Don’t Need A Prescription To  Be Medicated: A Guide To The Most Effective Over The Counter Allergy Medicine

You never know when an allergy might occur for you to react fast. Therefore, it is vital to have at least one type of antihistamine with you or nearby...

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Allergic Reactions 

A Guide To Reading Food Labels: Teach Yourself And Your Kids How To Read Food Allergy Labels

According to research by FARE, around “1 in every 13 children in the United States under age 18 have food allergies”, bringing the total amount of people affected in the US to around 15 million....

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Can Infants Have Allergies: What Foods Make Them React, And Why Do They React Like That 

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The presence of certain ingredient (allergen) in our food leads our body to detect it as a foreign material and subsequently reacts to it. An infant allergic to any food allergen means that their immune system is more sensitive to that allergen than the general population....

Don’t  Be Afraid To Tell Restaurants About Your Child’s Food Allergies

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One of the major issues that the parents face is of traveling and eating out when their child suffers from a food allergy. Continue reading to acquaint yourself with the steps you should take to protect your child from allergic reactions while eating out...

A Guide for Adults on Kids Allergies

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Food allergies are serious and potentially life-threatening medical conditions that affect many people around the world. Learn about the most common forms of allergies in kids and substitutes that will keep them healthy and allergy-safe. 

My  Daughter Has Bad Allergies And This Is How I Prepare, Cook, And Store Food Safely

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Cooking at home can become a nightmare if you’re cooking for one specific person, and then the rest of your family on the side. That’s why it’s so important to prepare safe and clean food, free of any cross-contamination of...

Dairy Allergy?  Here Are The Best Substitutes So Your Child’s Diet Doesn’t Have To Suffer

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If you’re reading this now, chances are you or a loved one (most probably your child) are suffering from symptoms of lactose allergy. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss in great detail the foods you can use as substitutes for ...

Worried  About A Food Allergy Diet? Here’s Some Great Lunchbox Ideas For Your Wheat Allergic Child

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While a wheat allergy is most common in kids between the ages 2-5, and most grow out of it, some carry it with them into adulthood. It’s important to know what foods your child can and can’t eat, and what easy and tasty food ...

Teaching Kids about Food Allergies in Children

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Food allergies are serious and potentially life-threatening medical conditions that affect many people around the world. 

The most common food allergies in children

  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Peanut
  • Fish 
  • Which should be avoided?...

Why  You Should Teach Your Child’s Friends How To Deal With Their Severe Allergies

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There is a scale of allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe, and it’s important to know the severity of your child’s allergy so you know best how to treat it. That’s why you should also teach your kids friends how to deal with their ...

My  Daughter Has Allergies And Having A Plan Of Action Ready Saved Her When She Had An Allergic Reaction

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I pull over to the side of the road with my heart in my throat. I tell her to stay calm. I get out her EpiPen, tell her I’m going to inject her. I put the injector on her upper thigh and push it down. I push the car seat back so my daughter can ...

Why  Wash Hands? Why Washing Your Hands Is A Natural Treatment For Allergies

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Are you on the lookout for natural allergy relief? Recent studies showed that hand hygiene plays a pivotal role in preventing the dissemination of resistance to antibiotics and decreasing ...

Other Common Allergies & Travel Advice

It’s Not Just Food Your Child Can Be Allergic To: Allergies In Small Children That You Don’t Know About

If you think that food can be the only source of allergy to your children, you have to think again! In fact, many types of foods may be considered as some allergens, but not all types of allergens. The truth is that we live in a world that is overwhelmed by allergens, other than ...

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How to Travel with Food Allergies

I have a kid who is allergic to nuts. I found out a few minutes after the poor guy helped himself to a tiny morsel. Let’s just say it wasn’t a pretty sight. Luckily, the crisis was soon averted thanks to a nearby clinic not two miles away from home. Before long, my son was diagnosed with egg allergy.

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Anaphylaxis, Know These Symptoms to Save a Child’s Life

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Early symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • The swelling of tongue, lips and throat. Suffocation can occur as a result since air is blocked from breathing into the lungs
  • Hoarseness and wheezing 
  • Hives or a rash  

Other symptoms are:

  • Faintness due to the drop in blood pressure 
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea 

Advanced symptoms of anaphylaxis are:

  • Collapse of respiratory function 
  • Stridor or a sound produced by attempting to breathe when your upper airways are obstructed. 
  • Loss of consciousness, agitation, confusion and anxiety 
  • Collapse in circulatory function and low blood pressure

Anaphylaxis, Know These Symptoms to Save a Child’s Life

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