Food Allergies

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What is food allergy? 

  • Food allergy is an inappropriate immune response to an otherwise harmless food.
  • True food allergy involves several types of immunological responses.
  • Food allergens are usually proteins.
What are the symptoms of food allergies? 
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Pruritic rashes
  • Angioedema
  • Asthma/rhinitis
  • Vomiting
  • Hives
  • Laryngeal edema
  • Anaphylaxis
What are common food allergens?
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Crustaceans
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Soya
  • Celery
  • Mustard
  • Lupin
  • Molluscs
  • Food additives: sulfites and sulfur dioxide at levels above 10 mg per kg or per liter.
How to deal with Food Allergy?

  • People who have food allergy need a total avoidance of the offending foods.
  • Read food ingredient list.
  • Eliminate cross-contamination during cooking and preparation.

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