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

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Dr. Richard Lavi
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Lavi
Dr. Richard Lavi
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In brief: Depends...

Often depends upon the reactions you have and if it is a one time occurrence or many negative responses to certain foods and beverages.
May need to consider an allergist.

In brief: Depends...

Often depends upon the reactions you have and if it is a one time occurrence or many negative responses to certain foods and beverages.
May need to consider an allergist.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Richard Wachs
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Get tested

Food allergies are sometimes difficult to differentiate from adverse reactions.
History can be very helpful, but testing is recommended. I recommend a thorough history, physical and possible testing by a board certified allergist.

In brief: Get tested

Food allergies are sometimes difficult to differentiate from adverse reactions.
History can be very helpful, but testing is recommended. I recommend a thorough history, physical and possible testing by a board certified allergist.
Dr. Richard Wachs
Dr. Richard Wachs
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