Food troubling swallowing, and swelling of the tongue;

Food allergies affect a
large portion of the world, more than 50 million Americans have some sort of
allergy to something. It is estimated that food allergies affect about four to
six percent of children while in adults it’s about four percent. Food allergies
are generally found in children and infants, but they could also appear at any
age. There is the potential for you to develop an allergy for something that
you otherwise have eaten before. A food allergy is a medical condition in which
the body’s exposure to a certain food causes a harmful response from the immune
system. It has been reported that over 170 different types of foods have caused
food allergies. Though there is generally eight foods that typically
responsible for these reactions, they are cow’s milk, eggs, fish, crustacean
shellfish, tree nuts, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. The symptoms to a food allergy
can range anywhere from mild to severely life threatening. Some symptoms that
may come from a food allergy, be it anywhere from ingestion or skin contact,
the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, or the cardiovascular tract,
may be vomiting/ stomach cramps, hives, wheezing, consistent cough, tight
hoarse throat; troubling swallowing, and swelling of the tongue; this could
potentially affect the person’s ability to speak or breathe, a weak pulse,
dizziness or feeling of fainting. Then there is the most dangerous and life threatening
reaction, anaphylaxis, it’s a potential life-threatening reaction that could
send the body into shock and if not treated immediately can cause the person to
go into a coma or die. To treat this, it is important to immediately dial 911
first and if the person having the allergy has an EpiPen this contains
epinephrine which can help by opening the airway making it easier to breath,
and it narrows the blood vessels to combat low blood pressure. For a lower and milder
reactions you could use an antihistamine to help relieve your symptoms.

    For prevention, it is always best to know
what you are allergic to and this could be done in multiple ways with the help
from an allergist. For example, there is the skin prick test which requires the
allergist to place different types of common allergens on, typically, your back
arm. They proceed to scratch the area with the allergen with a needle or problem,
allowing the allergen to slightly sink into the surface of skin. Skin prick
test are inexpensive, and produce quick results in the form of a wheal. There
is also blood testing which uses immunoglobulin E antibodies to find what
triggers allergies, the results generally take a few days for it to be ready but
produce very accurate results. It is always good to know what you are eating
and what is in your food, be sure to read all labels carefully, and if you have
had a bad reaction before it is best to carry an epinephrine pen that can be
prescribed by your doctor, carefully plan your meals and be aware when eating at
restaurants. There is no cure to allergies and can only be contained by
planning and always being aware of what and where you go out to eat.