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Food Allergies affect more than 50 million people at any given time. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 5-percent of children and 4-percent of adults are affected by food allergies.

It’s easy to confuse a food allergy with a much more common reaction known as food intolerance. While bothersome, food intolerance is a less serious condition that does not involve the immune system.

Milk: An allergic reaction usually occurs minutes to hours after consuming milk. Signs and symptoms of milk allergy range from mild to severe and can include gas, wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems.

Eggs: Egg allergy can occur as early as infancy. Most children outgrow their egg allergy before adolescence.

Peanuts: A peanut allergy can cause a wide variety of symptoms. These incude; wheezing, coughing, swelling, vomiting, and trouble breathing, diarrhea or an upset stomach, hives and itchy, watery eyes.

Tree nuts: Tree nut allergies include almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios. Food Allergy Research & Education indicates that these allergies are some of the most common among both adults and children.

Fish: Such as bass, cod, flounder.

Shellfish: Such as crab, lobster, shrimp.

Soy: Soy, a product of soybeans and is a common food allergy.

Wheat: Symptoms of an allergic reaction to wheat include swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth, skin rashes, nasal congestion, headaches, vomiting, intestinal cramping, diarrhea. Wheat is an ingredient in many processed foods so make sure to read labels if you have a wheat allergy or sensitivity.

Contact me today to learn more about food allergies.