Allergies are an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a protein. These proteins (also called allergens) may come from foods, pollens, house dust, animal hair or moulds. Severe food allergy may be life threatening leading to anaphylaxis.
What is a Food Allergy?
What are the signs of a Food Allergy?
The symptoms of a food allergy vary depending on the severity. Some of the symptoms may include:
Swelling or itching of lips, tongue, and mouth
Itching or tightness in the throat
Runny and itchy nose
What are the causes of a Food Allergy?
Factors contributing to increased risk of food allergies include:
Other allergies e.g. hay fever, pollen, grass, mould
How do I know if I have Food Allergy?
No single test is enough for a diagnosis of food allergies. Your practitioner might recommend the following to support treatment:
Allergy panel (blood) IgE