Overview

What is a Food Allergy?

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.

Symptoms

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:

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis

Hives

Hives

Swelling or itching of lips, tongue, and mouth

Swelling or itching of lips, tongue, and mouth

Itching or tightness in the throat

Itching or tightness in the throat

Runny and itchy nose

Runny and itchy nose

Headache

Headache

Respiratory distress

Respiratory distress

Digestive issues

Digestive issues

Causes

What are the causes of a Food Allergy?

Factors contributing to increased risk of food allergies include:

Age

Age

Family history

Family history

Other allergies e.g. hay fever, pollen, grass, mould

Other allergies e.g. hay fever, pollen, grass, mould

Asthma

Asthma

Diagnosis

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:

Elimination diet

Elimination diet

Allergy panel (blood) IgE

Allergy panel (blood) IgE

Find a Practitioner

See a list of practitioners who are specialised in treating a Food Allergy