Posts for tag: Food Allergies
Just as people can be allergic to pollen, soaps, pet dander, or other substances, we can also have allergies to foods, ranging from minor to severe.
While some food allergies may be easily diagnosed, such as those to peanuts or shellfish, which can result in visible facial swelling and potentially dangerous swelling of the throat, others are harder to pinpoint, causing symptoms such as bloating, abdominal distress, or eczema.
Dr. Alan E. Sheen, with offices in Metairie and Covington, LA can help you determine the source of your food allergies and develop a diet that suits your needs.
What are the types of food allergies?
Food allergies can be either fixed or cyclic, with the former both more obvious and more dangerous. Common fixed food allergies include nuts and fish, and they can cause severe reactions such as difficulty breathing or intense swelling.
Cyclic food allergies are less rare but can be hard to diagnose unless your diet is very limited, to begin with. Dairy, wheat, soy, and eggs are common food allergens. Allergic reactions may intensify if you consume larger or more frequent amounts of the trigger food, and some cyclic food allergies can be outgrown.
How do you diagnose food allergies?
Your doctor at our Metairie or Covington office can use a blood test to determine if your food allergy is fixed and if so you will need to avoid the trigger foods and may need an Epipen or other medication for quick intervention if you accidentally consume the food.
For cyclic food allergies, your doctor at our Metairie or Covington office may ask you to keep a journal of everything you eat, and will then guide you through a food elimination process, in which you pull potential trigger foods from your diet and slowly add them back in, one at a time, to see if it causes a reaction. This can be a long process, and eventually, you can try eating small amounts of the foods again on occasion
If food allergies are causing you discomfort, call our Metairie office at 504-456-1999 or our Covington office at 985-246-6077 today.
Noticing unpleasant symptoms whenever you eat a certain food? You could be allergic!
If you are a professed foodie then you may not even want to entertain the possibility that you might have a food allergy; however, a whopping 15 million Americans have food allergies. So, if you are noticing that a certain food is suddenly causing some gastrointestinal distress, you may just want to visit our Metairie, LA, allergy specialist, Dr. Alan Sheen for answers.
What are the different kinds of food allergies?
According to Food Allergy Research & Education, there are about 170 foods that have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Of course, the most common food allergies include:
- Tree nuts
Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe. Severe food allergies can result in throat tightening or trouble breathing. If you experience these symptoms it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention.
What are the warning signs of a food allergy?
The most common causes of a food allergy include:
- Itching mouth/tingling lips
- Facial swelling (this can include the lips and throat)
- Trouble breathing
- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
- Dizziness or fainting
Symptoms usually develop within a few minutes of consuming the problematic food; however, symptoms can appear up to 2 hours after. If you are experiencing symptoms it’s a good idea to call our Metairie, LA, allergy doctor to determine if your symptoms are due to a food allergy.
How do you treat a food allergy?
While it might be obvious, the most common treatment for a food allergy is to just stay away from the offending food. This is a surefire way to prevent symptoms from manifesting. Of course, sometimes other treatment options can be helpful. For example, if you have lactose intolerance you may benefit from taking medication before consuming dairy products. Certain over-the-counter or prescription medications are designed for those with lactose intolerance to make it easier to consume these foods without issues.
Those who have a severe allergic reaction to certain foods may be given an EpiPen, an injection of epinephrine. This device should only be used during severe, emergency situations and this is an injection you will give yourself.
If you are living in Metairie, LA, and suspect that you might have a food allergy it’s important that you call our very own Dr. Sheen to schedule a consultation. Let’s help you figure out what’s going on and how to stop it from happening so you can go back to enjoying your daily meals.