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Food Allergies: The Most Common Causes, Signs, And Symptoms

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by Forklift & Palate on June 11, 2019

There's nothing worse than having an allergic reaction during or after eating something. No matter how severe or mild the reaction may be, the experience is generally frightening and unpleasant. The good news is that detecting food allergy signs and symptoms is easier than you might think.

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To protect your health and well-being, knowing how to identify the signs of food allergies is crucial.

The Why Behind Food Allergy Signs and Symptoms

Allergic reactions from food are triggered when your body wrongly recognizes certain proteins as harmful.

There are two kinds of food allergies:

1. IgE: This kind of reaction takes place when your body releases antibodies against the food proteins you're consuming.

2. Non-IgE: Non-IgE allergies occur when the body doesn't release antibodies, but other parts of your immune system step up to fight the perceived threat.

Both are equally as dangerous and have similar signs and symptoms.

Signs of Food Allergies

Sometimes the symptoms of food allergies take a few hours to detect. Other times, the signs are instant. But for the most part, food allergy signs and symptoms are consistent. Here are some of the most common issues food allergies may cause:

  • Swollen Tongue or Face: If you feel your tongue swelling up or someone alerts you that parts of your face are swelling after you ate something, you likely have an allergy to that food.
  • Labored Breathing: Having trouble breathing is one of the more serious signs of food allergies. If you feel your throat closing, it's important to call 911 immediately.
  • Vomiting: You may start throwing up when you consume foods you're allergic to.
  • Diarrhea: This is a common symptom of either a food allergy or sensitivity. If you experience this often after eating certain foods, you could be allergic to them.
  • Hives: Hives appear as itchy red dots all over your body. They are a dead give away of all kinds of allergic reactions.
  • Itchy Rashes: If you feel like your skin is on fire or feel itchy all over after eating a certain food, you are most likely having an allergic reaction.
  • Sweating: If you start sweating suddenly, it could be an early sign of an allergic reaction.

Most Common Food Allergies

Just about any food can trigger an allergic reaction, but the most common include:

  • Cow's milk
  • Eggs
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Banana

At Forklift & Palate, we can prepare dishes specifically for those suffering from food allergies. We take our customers' health and well-being very seriously. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian have a food allergy or need other dietary modifications, we can accommodate. Check out our menus and stop in today!