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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is a food allergy?

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Dr. Paul Carter
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
Reaction to a food.: People can become allergic to many substances including certain foods. Some foods are more likely, such as milk, egg, wheat, soybean, shellfish, peanut, or nuts. Reactions can range from rash and itching to anaphylactic shock.
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Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
The body is confused: One way of looking at this is to remember the job of the immune system is to "fight off" foreign substances. With a food allergy, the body mistakenly thinks peanut or milk etc are foreign and reacts to try to protect the body.
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Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Immunologic response: A food allergy is a specific immunologic response that your body has to a food that can lead to various symptoms. This is different from a food intolerance, such as excess gas, nausea or diarrhea.
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Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 46 years experience
If you don't look...: If you suspect specific foods that trigger itching, hives, throat swelling, intestinal cramping, diarrhea, dumping syndrome.And loss of consiousness by dropping you blood pressure you have a food allergy. This situation is very common and it would help to have allergy skin testing to figure out which ones they are.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the most common food allergy?

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Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 39 years experience
There are 8: Between 50% and 90% of all severe allergic reactions to foods are caused by only eight foods. The most common food allergies are: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have food allergy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Suspect / test: There are a variety of blood tests your physician can obtain on blood that can provide evidence for or against a food allergy. Allergists also employ skin tests which provide a different but helpful set of information.
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Yes - please see an allergist...
Mar 31, 2014
A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there any cures for food allergies?

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Dr. Chad Rudnick
Pediatrics 11 years experience
Food allergies: some food allergies are often outgrown as a child ages. Others are lifelong allergies. Evaluation and close follow up is needed for children with food allergies. Avoidance of the foods involved should be practiced until otherwise determined by an physician specializing in allergy
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are some symptoms of food allergies?

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Dr. Jonathan Field
Specializes in Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
Food allergy symptom: Food allergy symptoms can be as basic as itching in the mouth or tongue as well as severe as anaphylaxis (a whole body allergic reaction) other symptoms may be more subtle and delayed such as eczema
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A member asked:

What are the most common food allergies?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Milk, eggs: For young children the most common food allergies are milk and eggs. Soy and wheat are also common. As children get older, peanuts and tree nuts become more common and are often more severe. And as they become older still, fish, shellfish and seeds become common as well.
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