While most people are aware of serious food allergies that can cause extreme reactions like anaphylaxis, not all symptoms of food allergies are as severe. Many people may have symptoms of food allergies and not even know the food they are eating is impacting their wellbeing – it is estimated that over 50 million Americans have some type of food allergy. Mild to moderate food allergies can present in many different ways and often mimic other health concerns. Knowing the possible symptoms of food allergies can alert you to a potential health problem that can be treated to improve your wellness.
Food allergies are usually acquired in childhood, but they can also appear in adults. It is possible for a food you have eaten all your life to suddenly cause an allergic reaction, and it is also common for children to outgrow some food allergies. The most common foods that cause an allergic reaction in the body include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, wheat and soy, but many different foods can cause allergies.
Symptoms of Food Allergies
Someone with symptoms of food allergies may get symptoms immediately after eating a substance, or it could take hours or even days for the symptoms to occur. This is why mild and moderate food allergies can be difficult to identify and often are misdiagnosed as another health condition. Immediate symptoms may impact the skin, digestive system, respiratory function and cardiovascular system. Some of the more immediate symptoms (within two hours) you may experience include:
- Hives or a skin rash
- Vomiting, nausea or stomach cramps
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Trouble swallowing with a hoarse or tight throat
- Repetitive coughing
- Swelling of the tongue
- Dizziness, weak pulse and paleness of the skin
While these symptoms are noticeable, there are less dramatic symptoms that can be caused by a milder form of food intolerance or sensitivity. These symptoms include:
- Tingling in the mouth
- Joint pain
- Mental fatigue or difficulty concentrating
- Mood changes – depression, anxiety and irritability
- Skin problems – acne or eczema
Even small amounts of foods can cause a reaction if you have a food allergy or sensitivity. It may be a substance that is in many foods, making it difficult to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.
Food Allergy Testing and Treatment in Phoenix
If you have symptoms of food allergies or sensitivities, the best way to determine what is causing your symptoms is with testing. Our team at Arcadia Wellness Center can perform food allergy or sensitivity testing to find out if certain substances are causing a reaction in your body. To schedule an appointment, call our office in Phoenix.