Wednesday, December 17, 2014


In the US alone, approximately 12 million individuals suffer from food allergy - many of them kids. Hundreds of foods can cause allergies but there are eight that account for 90 percent of all food allergies. These common offending foods are what doctors call “The Big Eight.”


Have diarrhea or indigestion? Consider yourself lucky. For people who are allergic to certain types of food, one small mistake can mean an entire day of swollen tissues, vomiting, abdominal cramps, painful blisters, difficulty breathing, and in worse cases, coma and death.

Discover what they are below.

1. Eggs - are the leading cause of eczema (a type of skin allergy) attacks in babies and children. The primary trigger is the protein in egg white, although allergies to yolk is not uncommon.

Although most of these kids outgrow their egg sensitivity by age five (70 percent of all affected kids outgrow them by age 16), it’s important to note that severe egg allergies can present with hives, difficulty of breathing and sometimes even shock.

So whether you are allergic to egg whites or egg yolk, it’s better to skip eggs altogether as well as food items made with eggs like baked products, salad dressings, and desserts like ice cream and cake.

2. Fish - Unlike soy and milk, fish allergies remain for life for affected individuals, many of which are adults.

At least two percent of Americans are allergic to fish. Symptoms can range from itching and dermatitis to difficulty in breathing.

Fish can also be found in dressings and sauces including Worcestershire and barbecue sauce.

3. Milk - is one of the top causes of allergies in children, although many become desensitized by age three.  It is also the leading cause of food allergies from undeclared or unknown causes.

This is because milk is integrated into almost every dish and food product in the market that it’s almost impossible to distinguish what food has it and what doesn’t.

Cow’s milk is the leading cause of milk allergies, but milk from other farm animals like goat and sheep can also lead to reactions.  Allergic reactions include hives, vomiting and other digestive problems within minutes to hours of consumption.

4. Peanuts - While some peanut allergy symptoms run mild (runny nose and rashes), reactions can also be as frightening as airway obstruction and collapse.

In fact, this tiny legume is one of the top causes of severe allergic reactions both in kids and adults, and even residual amounts can send one off straight to the ER.

People who are extremely allergic can develop life-threatening symptoms simply with a sniff of peanut dust or by being touched by someone who held peanuts.

5. Shellfish - are responsible for some of the scariest allergic reactions worldwide, right up there with peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and egg. 

Crustaceans (crabs and shrimps) and mollusks (mussels, clams and similar seafood) can be just as harmful when consumed by an allergic individual.

6. Soy - allergies usually affect infants and toddlers though many of them outgrow it by the time they turn two.

Soy-based food and food products including miso, soy sauce, soy milk and some baked goodies must be avoided by affected person, or they’ll experience debility, a stuffy nose, mouth sores, eye inflammation and rashes.

7. Tree nuts - are the main cause of anaphylactic reactions among all food allergies. Nearly two million individuals are allergic to tree nuts in the US alone.

They include almonds, pistachios, Brazilian nuts, walnuts, cashews and hazelnuts, and are used either as garnish or a main ingredient in rice, dressings, honey, burgers, barbecue sauce, pasta and pancakes.

8. Wheat - A staple on the breakfast table, wheat can be found in a variety of foods including breads, cereals and pizza.

Wheat flour is also used to make catsup and ice cream. Wheat is a smorgasbord of proteins, including gluten, which is the primary offender in gluten sensitivity, otherwise known as Celiac’s disease.

Allergies to wheat may bring a variety of symptoms, from dermatitis to swollen airways and anaphylaxis, so be sure to always check the label when shopping for food.

Source: http://www.allaboutallergies.ph/articles/top-8-causes-of-food-allergies

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