Do you experience uncomfortable symptoms after eating certain types of food? Food allergies are an immune system reaction to particular types of foods. Some of the most common food allergies can include several different types of foods including nuts, dairy, eggs, shellfish, wheat (gluten), and soy. Food allergies can produce several different symptoms and range in severity, from minor irritations to life threatening conditions. If you experience any of the following symptoms after eating different kinds of food, you may have food allergies, and it is important to see an allergy specialist at Mountain West ENT in Bountiful or Layton.
Symptoms of Food Allergies
People experience different symptoms based on the severity of their food allergies. While some people only experience minor irritations, others can be life threatening and cause anaphylaxis. Typically, symptoms of food allergies will surface a few minutes after ingestion, but can continue for several hours
Common symptoms of a food allergy include:
- Itching or tingling in the mouth
- Nasal congestion
- Trouble breathing or wheezing
- Hives, itching, or eczema across the body
- Swelling on the tongue, throat, face, and lips
- Dizziness or fainting
- Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
The most serious allergic reaction that one can experience from a food allergy is anaphylaxis. While experiencing anaphylaxis, a person can endure severe symptoms including a swollen throat, dramatic drops in blood pressure, rapid pulse, constricted airways, shock, and loss of consciousness. When anaphylaxis is not treated immediately, it can result in a coma or death.
How Do You Treat Food Allergies?
To remedy minor allergic reactions, people can use over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl. People prone to more serious reactions and anaphylactic episodes should see an ENT specialist at Mountain West ENT in Bountiful and Layton, who may prescribe an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen) to have on hand at all times in case a reaction occurs. After consuming a problem food and exhibiting symptoms, it is vital to use the epinephrine autoinjector immediately and then make an immediate visit to your doctor’s office or an emergency room.
If you suspect that you have food allergies, it is important to work with an experienced Davis County ENT specialist. Contact our Bountiful or Layton office to schedule an appointment with a member of our team!
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