What is food allergies and intolerances

It's not unusual to hear someone tell, "I can't eat that, I'm allergic to it." As numerous as one in five individuals own bad reactions to specific foods or classes of foods.1 And the number of adults with reported food allergies is increasing.1,2

Feeling ill after eating a certain food doesn't mean you actually own a true food allergy.3 If the offending food doesn't set off a specific immune reaction in your body, then you probably own a food intolerance, rather than a genuine allergy.

Know the terms

Many diverse terms and phrases are used to refer to unpleasant food reactions, and it can be simple to stir them up.

Knowing their definitions and differences will assist you better communicate with your health-care professional and better understand your specific health needs.

In the United States, food allergy specialists (allergists) use the following terms.4

  1. Adverse food reaction: Any unpleasant reaction that occurs after you eat a certain food or a substance in a food.
  2. Food intolerance: An adverse food reaction that doesn't involve activation of your body's immune system.
  3. Food allergy / food hypersensitivity: An adverse food reaction that involves an immediate immune response.

    According to this definition, food allergy and food hypersensitivity are the same thing.

True food allergies: Sudden and unpredictable

A true food allergy is an immune response that occurs quickly and repeatedly when you are exposed to a certain food.1 When you eat a food that you're allergic to, your body mistakenly marks it as foreign.

This triggers your immune system to release a flood of inflammatory chemicals to activate cells that cause allergy-related inflammation, including mast cells, eosinophils, and basophils.

This food hypersensitivity reaction is also known as immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food allergy, because it is the food-specific IgE that binds to the food, triggering the cascade of allergic reactions.

Why does the body identify some foods as allergens?

Largely because of a person’s genetic make-up, in addition to environmental factors that shape the immune response.

Certain proteins on a food drive the allergic reaction, although other factors can frolic a role.

Some believe that having a low level of stomach acid – which can happen if you use antacids or acid blockers – results in incomplete digestion of these proteins. This, combined with inflammation in the little intestine, can trick the immune system into thinking the protein is foreign, causing the immune system to launch a defense.

Food allergy symptoms happen quickly, generally in seconds or minutes after eating the food.

In unusual cases, it can take several hours.1,3 Symptoms can affect the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and skin, and can include:3

  1. Nausea and vomiting
  2. Wheezing
  3. Stomach pain
  4. Hives and itchy skin
  5. Cough
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Runny nose
  8. Swelling of the tongue, lips, and throat

The severity of the symptom(s) has nothing to do with the quantity of food you eat.

Even a tiny quantity of an offending food can set off an immune reaction. Also, a food that causes hives one time can cause a life-threatening symptom the next time.

Symptoms of a life-threatening food allergy reaction include:5

  1. Swelling of the tongue, lips, and throat
  2. Inability to breathe
  3. Chest tightness
  4. Low blood pressure leading to a feeble and rapid pulse
  5. Severe wheezing
  6. Fainting or passing out

More than 170 foods are linked to IgE-mediated food allergies.3 The most common ones are cow’s milk, chicken eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, and some fruits.1,6

Pollen food allergy: Hay fever meets food allergy

Do certain raw fruits or vegetables make your tongue swell or lips itch?

You could own a pollen food allergy, also called oral food allergy syndrome (OFAS). It's a type of contact allergy that affects people who are allergic to pollen, generally those who own hay fever.1,4

Pollen food allergy occurs when proteins in fruits and vegetables are cross-reactive with allergy-triggering pollen proteins. If you own this type of allergy, then eating a raw fruit or vegetable with these pollen proteins will trigger mild symptoms in the lining of your mouth and throat, although they can lead to a severe reaction in rare cases.4,6

Which fruit or veggie affects you will depend on what type of pollen triggers your seasonal allergy symptoms.1

Pollen allergy Associated food allergies

Birch tree Apple, pear, cherry, carrot, kiwi, raw potato

Ragweed Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, banana

Mugwort Celery

Heating or cooking the food will destroy most of the allergy-causing substances in OFAS.1

Possible food allergies

Food allergy science is constantly evolving and being studied.

One debated topic is whether immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies are to blame for hidden food allergies. The body can produce IgG antibodies to specific foods even under normal circumstances. Some individuals own noticed they are more sensitive to the inflammatory processes caused by these substances, although their role in food allergies is controversial.

Food intolerance: When digestion goes awry

A food intolerance is not the same thing as a food allergy.

If you own a food intolerance, then your body has trouble digesting or breaking below a certain food or chemical in a food. An overactive immune system response isn't to blame.1,7 Instead, your body lacks a protein needed to properly digest a food, or there is a problem with how your gut processes the food, or your symptoms are triggered by specific substances in food. Sometimes the cause of a food intolerance is unknown.4

Most adverse food reactions are due to food intolerances.

Symptoms often only involve stomach problems, such as stomach pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea, although more systemic symptoms, including migraines and other body aches and pains are not uncommon.

Unlike with a true food allergy, with a food intolerance, symptom severity is directly related to the quantity of the food you eat.

For example, if ice cream upsets your digestion, then the more you eat, the worse you will feel.1

Several types of food intolerances are common

Lactose intolerance (lactase deficiency)

Individuals with this condition do not own the lactase enzyme needed to digest lactose, a natural sugar in milk, ice cream, and other dairy products. Symptoms include stomach cramps, gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Lactose intolerance is not the same as a milk allergy (an allergy to certain milk proteins such as casein).3

Carbohydrate intolerance

Some individuals who own irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) own more stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, and gas when they eat foods containing one or more types of carbohydrates called FODMAPs – fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.

FODMAP carbs include fructose, lactose, sorbitol, fructans, and galactooligosaccharides. Fructans are found in high amounts in foods that contain gluten, which causes the mistaken belief that this stomach distress is due to a gluten sensitivity.8 This article provides information about a low FODMAP diet.

Alcohol dehydrogenase deficiency

Feeling flushed can happen to anyone after a few alcoholic drinks, because alcohol's effect on blood vessels can cause facial redness. But if the flushing is severe, then you could be missing an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) or your ADH might not be working as it should. ADH is needed to break below alcohol you drink or alcohol made in the body.

This type of food intolerance is more common in those of Asian descent.1,9

Gluten intolerance

Gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, rye, and barley. There has been much focus recently on gluten and how gluten affects health. Concerns about gluten's ill effects own prompted numerous stores and manufacturers to label gluten-free items so they are easier to see. Current sale of gluten-free products is $2.6 billion.9,10

Gluten intolerance is not the same as celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which gluten can cause serious, even life-threatening complications.4,5Celiac disease causes damage to the wall of the little intestine; whereas, gluten intolerance does not.

To differentiate between the two conditions, some practitioners refer to gluten intolerance as non-celiac gluten sensitivity.4,11

Gluten intolerance can cause major stomach discomfort, including bloating, cramping, gassiness, diarrhea, and constipation.

Some individuals who are gluten intolerant also report having skin rashes, headaches, fatigue, mood disturbances, and muscle cramps after eating gluten.

Biogenic amines: Histamine, tyramine

Foods wealthy in substances called biogenic amines, nitrogen-containing compounds, might be the culprit behind several food intolerances.1,3 Amine levels naturally rise when a food ripens or spoils.

One type of amine that might be linked to food intolerance is tyramine, found in aged cheeses. It triggers migraines in people who own a food intolerance to the substance.1

Histamine is another biogenic amine.

Some individuals feel bloated and own stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, flushing, itching, and other symptoms after eating histamine-containing foods love strawberries, certain citrus fruits, shellfish, fermented foods, smoked meats, aged cheese, and some alcoholic beverages (red wine in particular). There is ongoing debate over the role of histamine from foods causing these symptoms.

Stale or spoiled fish and shellfish can own extremely high levels of histamine, which can cause symptoms of food poisoning within hours of eating. The symptoms include vomiting, headache, flushing, hives, and wheezing, and occasionally can mimic a bad allergic reaction.

An imbalance in intestinal bacteria (gut microbiota) also might contribute to higher histamine levels in the body.12,13

The food allergy / food intolerance disease connection

Understanding and treating food allergies and food intolerances is critical to excellent overall health.4,14 Food allergies can make asthma and eczema worse. Some conditions that can be triggered by or made worse by food intolerances include:

  1. Anaphylaxis. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anaphylaxis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351468. [Accessed May 17, 2019.]
  2. DeGeeter C, Guandalini S. Food sensitivities: fact versus fiction.

    Gastroenterol Clin North Am 2018;47:895-908.

  3. Arthritis, including ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis14
  4. Mood disorders, including anxiety and depression15
  5. Sleep issues
  6. Irritable bowel disease
  7. Gluten intolerance definition. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions-dictionary/gluten-intolerance. [Accessed April 11, 2019.]
  8. Niu Q, Wei W, Huang Z, et al. Association between food allergy and ankylosing spondylitis: an observational study. Medicine (Baltimore) 2019;98:e14421.
  9. Gaby A.

    Food allergy and intolerance. In: Rakel D, ed. Integrative Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier; 2018:310-318.

  10. Vertigo
  11. Fazio S. Approach to flushing in adults. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search. [Accessed April 28, 2019]
  12. Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and food allergy: how are they different? American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/celiac-disease. [Accessed April 11, 2019]
  13. Iweala O, Choudhary S, Commins S.

    Food allergy. Curr Gastroenterol Rep2018;20:17.

  14. Acker W, Plasek J, Blumenthal K, et al. Prevalence of food allergies and intolerances documented in electronic health records.

    What is food allergies and intolerances

    J Allergy Clin Immunol 2017;140:1587-1591.

  15. Commins S. Food allergy and food intolerance in adults: an overview. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search.

    What is food allergies and intolerances

    [Accessed April 2, 2019]

  16. Schnedl W, Lackner S, Enko D, et al. Evaluation of symptoms and symptom combinations in histamine intolerance. Intest Res 2019 Mar 7. In press.
  17. Schink M, Konturek P, Tietz E, et al. Microbial patterns in patients with histamine intolerance. J Physiol Pharmacol 2018 Aug;69(4):579-593.
  18. Migraines and other headaches
  19. Divekar R (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. May 28, 2019.
  20. Samson H. Food allergies. In: Feldman M, ed. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Management. 10th ed.

    Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2016:148-157.

  21. Feng C. Beyond avoidance: the psychosocial impact of food allergies. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol 2018 Sep 1. [In press]

More research is needed to establish a definitive link between certain chronic diseases and foods. Diagnosing a food allergy or food intolerance is challenging and might require finish elimination of a suspected food or class of foods.1

If you often feel ill after eating or own a chronic health condition or family history of any type of allergies, then enquire your health-care professional if you should be tested for food allergies.

Keeping a detailed diary of when and what you eat, and any symptoms you own, is helpful.4

Avoiding foods that trigger your symptoms will assist you feel better. It’s always best to discuss your symptoms, diet, and health history with your health-care professional before trying an elimination diet and food reintroduction challenge.4


References

  • Acker W, Plasek J, Blumenthal K, et al. Prevalence of food allergies and intolerances documented in electronic health records. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2017;140:1587-1591.
  • Gaby A.

    Food allergy and intolerance. In: Rakel D, ed. Integrative Medicine. 4th ed.

    What is food allergies and intolerances

    Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier; 2018:310-318.

  • Anaphylaxis. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anaphylaxis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351468. [Accessed May 17, 2019.]
  • Samson H. Food allergies. In: Feldman M, ed. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Management. 10th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2016:148-157.
  • Commins S. Food allergy and food intolerance in adults: an overview.

    https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search. [Accessed April 2, 2019]

  • Iweala O, Choudhary S, Commins S. Food allergy. Curr Gastroenterol Rep2018;20:17.
  • Schnedl W, Lackner S, Enko D, et al. Evaluation of symptoms and symptom combinations in histamine intolerance. Intest Res 2019 Mar 7. In press.
  • Has bloody diarrhoea
  • Schink M, Konturek P, Tietz E, et al. Microbial patterns in patients with histamine intolerance. J Physiol Pharmacol 2018 Aug;69(4):579-593.
  • Divekar R (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. May 28, 2019.
  • Niu Q, Wei W, Huang Z, et al. Association between food allergy and ankylosing spondylitis: an observational study.

    Medicine (Baltimore) 2019;98:e14421.

  • Develops swelling in the head and neck
  • Fazio S. Approach to flushing in adults. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search. [Accessed April 28, 2019]
  • Feng C. Beyond avoidance: the psychosocial impact of food allergies. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol 2018 Sep 1. [In press]
  • Gluten intolerance definition. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions-dictionary/gluten-intolerance. [Accessed April 11, 2019.]
  • Has trouble breathing or turns blue
  • Has generalized hives (smooth red swellings that itch, burn, or sting)
  • DeGeeter C, Guandalini S.

    Food sensitivities: fact versus fiction. Gastroenterol Clin North Am 2018;47:895-908.

  • Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and food allergy: how are they different? American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/celiac-disease. [Accessed April 11, 2019]
  • Is extremely pale or weak

For Immediate Release Contact: Jo Ann Faber at (847) 427-1200 [email protected]

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., July 24, 2009 Food allergy knowledge in the general public is poor concerning the difference between food allergy and food intolerance, the absence of a cure, and current treatments according to a report published this month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

"The public s food allergy knowledge and awareness is critical to the safety of children with food allergy, especially since 76 percent of food allergy-related deaths follow consumption of foods exterior of the home.

Food allergy is a growing health concern, affecting an estimated 6 percent to 8 percent of children in the United States," said Ruchi S. Gupta, M.D., of the Mary Ann & J. Wilburn Smith Children Health Research Program at Children s Memorial Research Middle in Chicago.

In a national sample of 2,148 adults who completed the validated Web-based Chicago Food Allergy Research Survey for the General Public, Dr. Gupta and colleagues found "the public s knowledge was strongest regarding symptoms and severity of food allergy, with almost 95 percent of participants recognizing food allergy as a potentially fatal condition."

Among the misconceptions, investigators reported that "almost half of participants erroneously believed that a cure exists for food allergy, and more than two thirds stated that a daily medicine could be taken to prevent a food allergy reaction.

They also tended to overlook the necessity of strict allergen avoidance: more than 40 percent of participants indicated that other means exist to prevent life-threatening reactions."

Authors noted that almost 85 percent of respondents agreed that schools should own plans to hold food-allergic children safe.

"Although there was agreement that schools need better policies to manage food allergies, most parents were not in favor of implementation of specific school policies, such as banning peanut products and having special tables for food-allergic children," Dr. Gupta said.

Investigators conclude that "increased food allergy knowledge among the general public is needed, especially regarding the distinction between food allergy and food intolerance, current treatments available for food allergy, the absence of a cure, and the lack of preventative medications."

"Although food allergy is a commonplace term, this study confirms the prevailing misconceptions among the public regarding manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment," said Sami L.

Bahna, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor of pediatrics & medicine, chief of Allergy & Immunology Section at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Middle in Shreveport, La., and president-elect of ACAAI. "Appropriate diagnosis is the cornerstone for appropriate management. Also, exclusion of food allergy would direct the search to other causes of the patient s illness. At present the treatment is basically strict avoidance of the causative foods. Research is underway for effective and safe immunotherapy."

To the author s knowledge, "this study is the first to provide detailed information about the general public s food allergy knowledge and to characterize the general public s attitudes and beliefs toward food allergy and food allergy policy."

About Food Allergy

Current treatment of food allergy includes identification and strict avoidance of the offending food, and recognition of systems that can lead to anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reactions, affecting multiple organ systems. Symptoms can include chest tightness, wheezing, nausea, vomiting, cramping, hives, and swelling of the lips and joints. The most dangerous symptoms are breathing difficulties, throat swelling, chest wheezing, dizziness, low blood pressure, shock and loss of consciousness, every of which can be fatal. Patients with severe reactions should own continued access to self-istered epinephrine injections.

The most common food allergens in infants and young children are cow s milk, hen s egg, peanut (a legume), tree nuts (walnut, hazelnut, Brazil nut, and pecan), soybeans and wheat.

Although sensitivity to most allergens is lost in tardy childhood, allergy to peanut, tree nut and seafood is likely to continue throughout the patient s life. Only approximately 20 percent of children with peanut allergy lose their sensitivity. The most common foods causing allergy in adults are peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustaceans, mollusks, fruits and vegetables.

Patient information on allergic diseases including food allergy is available by visiting the ACAAI Web site at AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org.

About ACAAI

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) is a professional medical organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill., that promotes excellence in the practice of the subspecialty of allergy and immunology.

The College, comprising more than 5,000 allergists-immunologists and related health care professionals, fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research.

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Citation: Gupta RS,et al. Food allergy knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs in the United States. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2009;103:43-50.

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is online at www.annallergy.org.

What´s the difference between food intolerance and food allergy?

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Food allergies are on the rise, so it’s natural to wonder about the potential harm to your kid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey, the prevalence of food allergies in children under 18 increased from 3.4 percent to 5.1 percent between 1997 and 2011.

Food Allergy Research & Education estimates that two children in every classroom own a food allergy.

While reactions to food can be serious, it’s significant to know the facts and what you can do to reduce your child’s risk. Food allergies are highest in infants and toddlers and are much less common in adults than children due mostly to the differences in the immune response of infants and children as compared to adults. Children often outgrow allergies to milk, egg, wheat and soy.

Promising treatments for food allergies are in the works. Ongoing studies indicate it may be possible to «desensitize» children, even those with severe reactions.

Tips for Reducing a Child’s Risk of Developing Food Allergies

Take special care with feeding practices during your child’s first years, especially if a biological parent or sibling has been diagnosed with an allergic disease.

While following these feeding tips cannot guarantee a kid will not develop a food allergy, it may assist reduce the risk.

Exclusive breast-feeding for six months decreases the incidence of atopic dermatitis, cow’s milk allergy and wheezing in early life when compared with feeding infants cow’s milk-based formula. The use of soy-based baby formula does not appear to frolic a role in allergy prevention.

Delaying the introduction of solid foods beyond 4 to 6 months of age does not appear to provide significant protection from developing food allergies.

At this time, there is insufficient evidence to recommend further dietary interventions such as avoiding specific foods (including fish, eggs or peanuts) during pregnancy, or breast-feeding beyond 4 to 6 months of age to protect against the development of food allergies.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend introducing peanut-containing foods as early as 4 to 6 months to prevent peanut allergy.

If at any time your baby reacts badly to a food, such as suddenly developing a skin condition, wheezing, vomiting or excessive diarrhea, or if you own any reason to suspect a food allergy, call your pediatrician immediately.

What Is a Food Allergy?

A food allergy reaction happens when the immune system attacks a food protein that it mistakes as a threat to the body. Symptoms may include itching or swelling of the mouth, throat, face or skin; trouble breathing; and stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. A severe food allergy can be life threatening.

To confirm a food allergy and avoid unnecessary dietary restrictions, a diagnosis should be made by a doctor. You should not diagnose yourself or your kid with a food allergy.

The only way to prevent a food allergy reaction is to completely avoid the food and any product that may contain it as an ingredient.

Food intolerance does not trigger the immune system and is not life threatening or the same as a food allergy, although it may share similar symptoms. For example, a kid with a milk allergy must avoid every milk products, while a kid who is lactose intolerant (lacking the enzyme to break below natural sugars in milk), but not allergic, may be capable to eat little amounts of dairy.

Common Allergens

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that five percent of children in the U.S.

own a food allergy. The most common food allergies in children are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. These foods, along with fish and shellfish, account for 90 percent of every food allergy reactions (among children and adults). While your kid may outgrow milk, egg or soy allergies, food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish tend to be lifelong.

Keeping Your Kid Healthy and Safe

Once your pediatrician or allergist has tested and confirmed food allergies, you need to be diligent about avoiding the food(s). Always read food labels and if you are unsure of an ingredient, call the manufacturer for details.

Educate family, caregivers and teachers about your child’s allergies. Some people don’t know how serious food allergies can be and may not understand even tiny amounts of a food can be a problem.

What is food allergies and intolerances

In addition, be certain to teach children about the allergy. Children can study to take responsibility for avoiding the foods that cause problems.

Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist to develop a healthful eating pattern while avoiding allergens. It may seem easier to eliminate an entire food group for a specific allergy (e.g., avoiding every grains due to wheat allergy), but it’s significant to discover substitutes (in this case, other grains) that your children will accept, so they can continue to get every the nutrients they need to grow.

When eating away from home, pack back-up foods with you, read restaurant websites and glance up nearby grocery stores before you go.

As a family, experiment with alternative ingredients and recipes for favorite dishes so your kid doesn’t feel left out.

You can assist your kid feel safe and empowered by finding age-appropriate ways to teach how to discuss and manage allergies, educating and providing action plans to caregivers, and getting social and mental health support for your whole family.

For more information on food allergies, visit Food Allergy Research & Education at foodallergy.org.

Food Allergies

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What are the symptoms of a food allergy?

Diarrhoea and vomiting are the most common symptoms.

Skin rashes, itching, runny nose, wheezing, tightness in the throat, and swelling of the lips, tongue, or mouth may also occur.

Symptoms may appear within a few minutes or take as endless as 48 hours to appear.

As a general law, if symptoms are triggered by an allergy, your kid won’t own a fever.

If I am allergic to a food, will my kid be allergic, too?

If a parent or sibling is allergic to a food, your kid may be more likely to develop an allergy. However, you may increase the chances of preventing a food allergy if you eliminate the offending food from your toddler’s diet.

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies happen when the body’s immune system reacts to a protein in a specific food.

When exposed to the food, the body produces antibodies to the protein. Once enough antibodies build up, an exposure to the food will trigger allergic symptoms.

Can food allergies be prevented?

Delaying the introduction of highly allergenic foods may assist.

What is food allergies and intolerances

If a kid has a family history of allergies, it is best not to introduce cow’s milk, soy, wheat, corn, and citrus until after the first birthday.

How is an allergy diagnosed?

Generally, the suspect food is eliminated from the diet for 2 weeks to see if symptoms lessen.

If the cause of symptoms is not clear, skin or blood tests may be performed.

What is food intolerance?

Food intolerance is an abnormal but non-allergic reaction to a food. With food intolerance, a person generally does not make enough of a certain enzyme needed to digest some part of a food.

How prevalent are food allergies?

True food allergies are fairly rare.

However, about one-third of children may own an adverse reaction to a food, which may be mistaken for a food allergy.

Will my kid own her food allergy or intolerance for life?

It depends. About half of every children who develop a food allergy before age 3 eventually outgrow it, generally by about age 7 years.

Children who develop an allergy after age 3 years are less likely to outgrow it.

Allergies to nuts and shellfish are more likely to persist for life.

Also, intolerances such as wheat sensitivity in celiac disease are lifelong conditions.

What is the difference between an adverse reaction to a food and a true food allergy?

With a food allergy, the body’s immune system mistakenly tries to defend against certain food proteins as if they were invading germs.

With an adverse reaction to a food, although symptoms may be similar to those of an allergy, the immune system is not involved.

In either case, it is generally recommended that the problem food be eliminated from the diet.

What are the most common food allergies and food intolerances?

The food allergies most common among young children are those to cow’s milk, soy, egg whites, wheat, and citrus.

Any food has the potential to trigger an allergy, though.

Lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance are 2 of the most common types of food intolerances. Children can also own intolerance to food additives, such as monosodium glutamate, nitrates, nitrites, sulphites, and dyes.

How dangerous is a food allergy?

Allergic reactions can be serious. Seek medical assistance immediately if your child

  1. Develops swelling in the head and neck
  2. Has generalized hives (smooth red swellings that itch, burn, or sting)
  3. Has trouble breathing or turns blue
  4. Has bloody diarrhoea
  5. Is extremely pale or weak

Even if your kid does not show any of these severe symptoms, you should consult your health care professional soon if you suspect that your kid has an allergy.

How can I tell whether my kid had outgrown her food allergy?

If you desire to test, a food challenge should only be performed under your doctor’s supervision in his office.

Never attempt a food challenge yourself at home.

For Immediate Release Contact: Jo Ann Faber at (847) 427-1200 [email protected]

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., July 24, 2009 Food allergy knowledge in the general public is poor concerning the difference between food allergy and food intolerance, the absence of a cure, and current treatments according to a report published this month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

"The public s food allergy knowledge and awareness is critical to the safety of children with food allergy, especially since 76 percent of food allergy-related deaths follow consumption of foods exterior of the home.

Food allergy is a growing health concern, affecting an estimated 6 percent to 8 percent of children in the United States," said Ruchi S. Gupta, M.D., of the Mary Ann & J. Wilburn Smith Children Health Research Program at Children s Memorial Research Middle in Chicago.

In a national sample of 2,148 adults who completed the validated Web-based Chicago Food Allergy Research Survey for the General Public, Dr. Gupta and colleagues found "the public s knowledge was strongest regarding symptoms and severity of food allergy, with almost 95 percent of participants recognizing food allergy as a potentially fatal condition."

Among the misconceptions, investigators reported that "almost half of participants erroneously believed that a cure exists for food allergy, and more than two thirds stated that a daily medicine could be taken to prevent a food allergy reaction.

They also tended to overlook the necessity of strict allergen avoidance: more than 40 percent of participants indicated that other means exist to prevent life-threatening reactions."

Authors noted that almost 85 percent of respondents agreed that schools should own plans to hold food-allergic children safe.

"Although there was agreement that schools need better policies to manage food allergies, most parents were not in favor of implementation of specific school policies, such as banning peanut products and having special tables for food-allergic children," Dr. Gupta said.

Investigators conclude that "increased food allergy knowledge among the general public is needed, especially regarding the distinction between food allergy and food intolerance, current treatments available for food allergy, the absence of a cure, and the lack of preventative medications."

"Although food allergy is a commonplace term, this study confirms the prevailing misconceptions among the public regarding manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment," said Sami L.

Bahna, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor of pediatrics & medicine, chief of Allergy & Immunology Section at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Middle in Shreveport, La., and president-elect of ACAAI. "Appropriate diagnosis is the cornerstone for appropriate management. Also, exclusion of food allergy would direct the search to other causes of the patient s illness. At present the treatment is basically strict avoidance of the causative foods. Research is underway for effective and safe immunotherapy."

To the author s knowledge, "this study is the first to provide detailed information about the general public s food allergy knowledge and to characterize the general public s attitudes and beliefs toward food allergy and food allergy policy."

About Food Allergy

Current treatment of food allergy includes identification and strict avoidance of the offending food, and recognition of systems that can lead to anaphylaxis.

What is food allergies and intolerances

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reactions, affecting multiple organ systems. Symptoms can include chest tightness, wheezing, nausea, vomiting, cramping, hives, and swelling of the lips and joints. The most dangerous symptoms are breathing difficulties, throat swelling, chest wheezing, dizziness, low blood pressure, shock and loss of consciousness, every of which can be fatal. Patients with severe reactions should own continued access to self-istered epinephrine injections.

The most common food allergens in infants and young children are cow s milk, hen s egg, peanut (a legume), tree nuts (walnut, hazelnut, Brazil nut, and pecan), soybeans and wheat.

Although sensitivity to most allergens is lost in tardy childhood, allergy to peanut, tree nut and seafood is likely to continue throughout the patient s life. Only approximately 20 percent of children with peanut allergy lose their sensitivity. The most common foods causing allergy in adults are peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustaceans, mollusks, fruits and vegetables.

Patient information on allergic diseases including food allergy is available by visiting the ACAAI Web site at AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org.

About ACAAI

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) is a professional medical organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill., that promotes excellence in the practice of the subspecialty of allergy and immunology.

The College, comprising more than 5,000 allergists-immunologists and related health care professionals, fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research.

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Citation: Gupta RS,et al. Food allergy knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs in the United States.

What is food allergies and intolerances

Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2009;103:43-50.

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is online at www.annallergy.org.

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Food allergies are on the rise, so it’s natural to wonder about the potential harm to your kid.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey, the prevalence of food allergies in children under 18 increased from 3.4 percent to 5.1 percent between 1997 and 2011. Food Allergy Research & Education estimates that two children in every classroom own a food allergy.

While reactions to food can be serious, it’s significant to know the facts and what you can do to reduce your child’s risk. Food allergies are highest in infants and toddlers and are much less common in adults than children due mostly to the differences in the immune response of infants and children as compared to adults.

Children often outgrow allergies to milk, egg, wheat and soy.

Promising treatments for food allergies are in the works. Ongoing studies indicate it may be possible to «desensitize» children, even those with severe reactions.

Tips for Reducing a Child’s Risk of Developing Food Allergies

Take special care with feeding practices during your child’s first years, especially if a biological parent or sibling has been diagnosed with an allergic disease. While following these feeding tips cannot guarantee a kid will not develop a food allergy, it may assist reduce the risk.

Exclusive breast-feeding for six months decreases the incidence of atopic dermatitis, cow’s milk allergy and wheezing in early life when compared with feeding infants cow’s milk-based formula.

The use of soy-based baby formula does not appear to frolic a role in allergy prevention.

Delaying the introduction of solid foods beyond 4 to 6 months of age does not appear to provide significant protection from developing food allergies.

At this time, there is insufficient evidence to recommend further dietary interventions such as avoiding specific foods (including fish, eggs or peanuts) during pregnancy, or breast-feeding beyond 4 to 6 months of age to protect against the development of food allergies.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend introducing peanut-containing foods as early as 4 to 6 months to prevent peanut allergy.

If at any time your baby reacts badly to a food, such as suddenly developing a skin condition, wheezing, vomiting or excessive diarrhea, or if you own any reason to suspect a food allergy, call your pediatrician immediately.

What Is a Food Allergy?

A food allergy reaction happens when the immune system attacks a food protein that it mistakes as a threat to the body. Symptoms may include itching or swelling of the mouth, throat, face or skin; trouble breathing; and stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. A severe food allergy can be life threatening.

To confirm a food allergy and avoid unnecessary dietary restrictions, a diagnosis should be made by a doctor.

You should not diagnose yourself or your kid with a food allergy. The only way to prevent a food allergy reaction is to completely avoid the food and any product that may contain it as an ingredient.

Food intolerance does not trigger the immune system and is not life threatening or the same as a food allergy, although it may share similar symptoms. For example, a kid with a milk allergy must avoid every milk products, while a kid who is lactose intolerant (lacking the enzyme to break below natural sugars in milk), but not allergic, may be capable to eat little amounts of dairy.

Common Allergens

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that five percent of children in the U.S.

own a food allergy. The most common food allergies in children are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. These foods, along with fish and shellfish, account for 90 percent of every food allergy reactions (among children and adults). While your kid may outgrow milk, egg or soy allergies, food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish tend to be lifelong.

Keeping Your Kid Healthy and Safe

Once your pediatrician or allergist has tested and confirmed food allergies, you need to be diligent about avoiding the food(s).

Always read food labels and if you are unsure of an ingredient, call the manufacturer for details. Educate family, caregivers and teachers about your child’s allergies. Some people don’t know how serious food allergies can be and may not understand even tiny amounts of a food can be a problem. In addition, be certain to teach children about the allergy. Children can study to take responsibility for avoiding the foods that cause problems.

Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist to develop a healthful eating pattern while avoiding allergens.

It may seem easier to eliminate an entire food group for a specific allergy (e.g., avoiding every grains due to wheat allergy), but it’s significant to discover substitutes (in this case, other grains) that your children will accept, so they can continue to get every the nutrients they need to grow.

When eating away from home, pack back-up foods with you, read restaurant websites and glance up nearby grocery stores before you go.

As a family, experiment with alternative ingredients and recipes for favorite dishes so your kid doesn’t feel left out.

You can assist your kid feel safe and empowered by finding age-appropriate ways to teach how to discuss and manage allergies, educating and providing action plans to caregivers, and getting social and mental health support for your whole family.

For more information on food allergies, visit Food Allergy Research & Education at foodallergy.org.

Food Allergies

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What are the symptoms of a food allergy?

Diarrhoea and vomiting are the most common symptoms.

Skin rashes, itching, runny nose, wheezing, tightness in the throat, and swelling of the lips, tongue, or mouth may also occur.

Symptoms may appear within a few minutes or take as endless as 48 hours to appear.

As a general law, if symptoms are triggered by an allergy, your kid won’t own a fever.

If I am allergic to a food, will my kid be allergic, too?

If a parent or sibling is allergic to a food, your kid may be more likely to develop an allergy. However, you may increase the chances of preventing a food allergy if you eliminate the offending food from your toddler’s diet.

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies happen when the body’s immune system reacts to a protein in a specific food.

When exposed to the food, the body produces antibodies to the protein. Once enough antibodies build up, an exposure to the food will trigger allergic symptoms.

Can food allergies be prevented?

Delaying the introduction of highly allergenic foods may assist. If a kid has a family history of allergies, it is best not to introduce cow’s milk, soy, wheat, corn, and citrus until after the first birthday.

How is an allergy diagnosed?

Generally, the suspect food is eliminated from the diet for 2 weeks to see if symptoms lessen.

If the cause of symptoms is not clear, skin or blood tests may be performed.

What is food intolerance?

Food intolerance is an abnormal but non-allergic reaction to a food.

With food intolerance, a person generally does not make enough of a certain enzyme needed to digest some part of a food.

How prevalent are food allergies?

True food allergies are fairly rare. However, about one-third of children may own an adverse reaction to a food, which may be mistaken for a food allergy.

Will my kid own her food allergy or intolerance for life?

It depends.

What is food allergies and intolerances

About half of every children who develop a food allergy before age 3 eventually outgrow it, generally by about age 7 years.

Children who develop an allergy after age 3 years are less likely to outgrow it.

Allergies to nuts and shellfish are more likely to persist for life. Also, intolerances such as wheat sensitivity in celiac disease are lifelong conditions.

What is the difference between an adverse reaction to a food and a true food allergy?

With a food allergy, the body’s immune system mistakenly tries to defend against certain food proteins as if they were invading germs.

With an adverse reaction to a food, although symptoms may be similar to those of an allergy, the immune system is not involved.

In either case, it is generally recommended that the problem food be eliminated from the diet.

What are the most common food allergies and food intolerances?

The food allergies most common among young children are those to cow’s milk, soy, egg whites, wheat, and citrus.

Any food has the potential to trigger an allergy, though.

Lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance are 2 of the most common types of food intolerances. Children can also own intolerance to food additives, such as monosodium glutamate, nitrates, nitrites, sulphites, and dyes.

How dangerous is a food allergy?

Allergic reactions can be serious. Seek medical assistance immediately if your child

  1. Develops swelling in the head and neck
  2. Has generalized hives (smooth red swellings that itch, burn, or sting)
  3. Has trouble breathing or turns blue
  4. Has bloody diarrhoea
  5. Is extremely pale or weak

Even if your kid does not show any of these severe symptoms, you should consult your health care professional soon if you suspect that your kid has an allergy.

How can I tell whether my kid had outgrown her food allergy?

If you desire to test, a food challenge should only be performed under your doctor’s supervision in his office.

Never attempt a food challenge yourself at home.


Allergy and Intolerance

What are they and what to do if you suspect your kid has one

The prevalence of allergies has increased greatly over the final two decades, although experts are still trying to discover exactly why

  1. Children are more at risk of developing an allergy if they own a parent or shut relative that has asthma, eczema, hay fever or food allergy
  2. Cows’ milk protein allergy is the most common food allergy in children, as cow’s milk is the major food that a bottle-fed kid is given.

Many mums worry about their children reacting to the foods they give them or developing an allergy.

Allergy and intolerance are two distinct conditions and should not be confused.

Recommendations for children considered at higher risk of developing food allergy

Children with a family history of allergy are at a higher risk of developing a food allergy, and there are certain recommendations that include:

  1. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life
  2. Weaning foods to be introduced one at a time with a period of at least one day between new foods so that symptoms can be monitored

Food Allergy

  1. The most common symptoms of a food allergy are irritation of the skin and eyes, swellings around the eyes, mouth and tongue, sneezing and blocked or runny noses, shortness of breath and coughing, abdominal pains, diarrhoea and vomiting
  2. A food allergy involves the immune system and often causes an immediate reaction after consumption of the food allergen (something in the food that causes an allergic reaction)
  3. Around 5-8 % of children will develop a true food allergy and up to 90% of children will grow out of these allergies, often by five years of age.

    They may however go on to develop other allergy related conditions, such as asthma, eczema, hay fever or rhinitis, later in life

  4. The foods that most commonly cause food allergies are; eggs, cows’ milk, nuts, wheat, fish, shellfish, peanuts and soya

Allergy or intolerance to cows’ milk

  1. If cows’ milk is causing symptoms in your kid, it is significant to determine whether it is the protein or the lactose (a milk sugar) which is causing the problem, as this will determine the type of dietary restrictions they will need
  2. Children can react to cows’ milk, baby formula based on cows’ milk, or even breast milk if cows’ milk or dairy products own been consumed by the mother
  3. Symptoms of the two can be similar and include eczema or rashes, diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps.

    Lactose intolerance will not produce hives or breathing difficulties

  4. A lactose intolerance will not show up in conventional allergy testing love a skin prick test or blood test

Food Intolerance

  1. A food intolerance is often a more delayed reaction, generally occurring hours or even days after eating certain foods
  2. Food intolerance is any adverse response that happens each time a food is eaten
  3. Lactose intolerance is an example, where there is a lack of or a reduced quantity of the enzyme which is needed for lactose digestion
  4. Food intolerance symptoms often involve the digestive tract and include pain and colic, bloating, wind, diarrhoea and sometimes vomiting

If you suspect your kid has a food allergy or intolerance

It is really significant that if you suspect that your kid has had an adverse reaction to a food, you should seek professional medical advice.

If an allergy or intolerance is diagnosed you will then be given assist to formulate a suitable diet for your kid which ensures that their diet continues to meet their nutritional needs.


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