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3 Things to Know About Food Allergies

Posted: May 10, 2019

Food allergies affect over 30 million Americans, adults and children. According to the Center for Disease Control, such allergies in children alone have increased in the last two decades. Depending on a person’s allergy, reactions may range from mild skin irritations to stomach cramps and vomiting to anaphylaxis, which is potentially fatal. Allergies may trigger within minutes of eating the wrong food or develop hours later.

Food Allergy Awareness Week, which begins Monday, serves to bring attention to food allergies, their causes, and means of prevention. For people involved in weight management and weight loss, it is important to know how food allergies can affect your progress. The experts at Bon Secours offer guidance and support through a patient’s weight loss journey, and we are available to answer your questions. You can contact us online or by phone at all of our locations in Hampton Roads.

Food Allergies: The Facts

Who is at risk? Food allergies affect people of all ages. Allergies may be inherited, or develop later in life due to lifestyle or environmental changes or as a result of illness. People allergic to other things like pet dander, medications, and pollen may have an increased risk of a food allergy.

Which foods cause allergies? Any food presents an allergy risk, but according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology the top foods are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. These foods account for the majority of allergic reactions in the U.S.

Is there a cure? At present, food allergies cannot be cured. It is possible, however, for a child to outgrow an allergy or become more tolerant to a specific food. Where treatment is concerned, it’s important to test for allergies where possible and avoid contact with the foods that cause problems. Regardless of the severity of your allergy, it’s important to consult with your physician.

Do you have questions about how a food allergy can impact your weight. Contact us today.

Additional Sources:

Food Allergy Research & Education, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team

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