Food Allergies

Friday, August 24, 2012

A food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your bodys immune system. Allergic reactions to food can sometimes cause serious illness and death. Dr. Edward Hill discusses food allergies in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Food allergies occur when your body has a bad reaction to something youve eaten. This is not food poisoning.

Foods that commonly cause allergies vary slightly by age. Children and infants are more likely to be allergic to eggs, milk, peanuts, soy products, tree nuts and wheat. Adults are more likely to be allergic to fish, peanuts, shellfish and tree nuts.

If you have food allergies as a child, theres a good chance youll outgrow most of them by the time you become an adult. But, you can develop food allergies at any point in your lifetime.

Allergy symptoms usually happen within a few minutes to hours of eating food youre allergic to. You may get an itching or tingling feeling in your mouth, or you may develop hives or a skin rash. A really severe allergy could cause anaphylaxis. This is a life-threatening condition and often requires emergency care.

There is no cure for food allergies. Some medicines may help if you have a mild reaction, but symptoms usually go away by themselves.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.