Food Allergy

What is Food Allergy?

Some people inherit a tendency to react to the world around them, the pollens, the weeds and trees, the animals, the plants, and even the foods they eat. We have discussed, under Allergies in this listing, how allergies come about, and we refer you to that discussion for this information, because food allergies develop in much the same way. You may respond to food allergy with your skin (hives, swelling, or a rash), with your nose and sinuses (watery nasal drainage, tearing, or stopping up), with your gastrointestinal tract (cramping, diarrhea, or constipation), with your musculoskeletal system (joint pain and stiffness), or with your head (a headache, depression, agitation, sleepiness, sleeplessness, or irritability). The results vary, but the cause stays the same— something you eat or drink makes you respond in this fashion. Food Allergy

Some food allergies are very straightforward: You eat a strawberry, you break out in hives. Simple to deduce. But more often, the problem takes time to unravel, because most of the foods we eat contain multiple ingredients—any of which could be the culprit. Recommendation: Avoid the culprit. You may want to enlist the aid of an allergy specialist to do some testing to help you narrow down the possibilities so that you can undertake a food-elimination trial. To do this, you must systematically take each potential allergy-causing food and totally eliminate it and anything made with it from your diet for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks. During this time, your symptoms should disappear.
If they do not, that food is probably not your culprit. If they do, however, you must prove the connection by eating a significant quantity of that food substance and seeing your symptoms reappear. If they do, you've found at least one cause, but since there could be others, your search should continue until all possible culprits have passed or failed the test.

What helps Food Allergy?

• For other nutritional remedies that may help this kind of allergy and others, refer to Allergies.

Food Allergy Herbal remedies

• See entry under Allergies.

What makes Food Allergy worse?

• See Allergies.

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