Allergy Doctor Dallas TX – Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body’s immune system. There are other types of allergies besides food allergy, especially if you live in the Dallas, TX area, but we’ll talk about food allergy for now.
In adults, the foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts, such as walnuts. Problem foods for children can include eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat.
The allergic reaction may be mild. In rare cases it can cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Symptoms of food allergy include
Itching or swelling in your mouth
Vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramps and pain
Hives or eczema
Tightening of the throat and trouble breathing
Drop in blood pressure
Your allergy doctor may use a detailed history, elimination diet, and skin and blood tests to diagnose a food allergy. You can find the best allergist based on recommendations or any other criteria you feel comfortable with. If the individual who has an allergy is a child you need to make sure that the doctor you choose has a pediatric specialization.
When you have food allergies, you must be prepared to treat an accidental exposure. Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace, and carry an auto-injector device containing epinephrine (adrenaline).
You can only prevent the symptoms of food allergy by avoiding the food. After you and your health care provider have identified the foods to which you are sensitive, you must remove them from your diet.
If you’re not sure if you’re allergic to certain types of food or if you have any other type of allergy, you need to see an immunologist right away. Some allergies could be deadly.