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I need help! how do i know if i have food allergies or food poisoning?

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Dr. Linda Green
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
See a doctor: Both problems can be serious. Food poisoning occurs when food is spoiled or contaminated with bacteria and presents as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes fever. Food allergies can have similar symptoms but may also include hives itching, breathing problems. Both can be serious or even life threatening. See a doctor immediately or even go to ER.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

I think I have food allergies! how do I know?

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Dr. Richard Lavi
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Classic symptoms.: An estimated 2-3% of the american population has true food allergy. Ingesting a food that you are allergic to will result in symptoms within minutes to a few hours. Hives, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, wheezing and even a drop in blood pressure are more classic symptoms and signs of these immediate reactions. Food allergy can be outgrown and oral desensitzation treatments are coming.

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