Do you suffer from skin irritations such as itchiness, rashes and hives, but have no idea what is causing them after eating something?
Unbeknownst to many, the underlying causes of allergies differ from individual to individual. The three most common allergies are contact allergy, food allergy and drug allergy.
A food allergy is what happens when consuming certain foods trigger the body’s immune system, leading to allergic reactions that range from mild rash to severe life threatening conditions.
When this happens, the immune system erroneously treats the proteins in these foods as threats to the body, releasing chemicals that induce symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Consuming allergens causes food allergies to develop. Symptoms of food allergies can start immediately after eating, or it can take several hours to days to show.
Seafood allergy is one of the most common allergies in adults in Singapore as well as Asia. Other common food allergens include:
The symptoms of food allergy vary from each individual and can affect different parts of the body.These are some common symptoms:
For some people, food allergies can also trigger a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This requires urgent medical attention and should be recognised as soon as possible.
The symptoms for anaphylaxis include,
Some people can also develop exercise-induced food allergies. This is when symptoms of a food allergy, typically anaphylaxis, manifests after consuming a certain food followed by exercising.
While anyone can develop a food allergy at any age, there are some factors that put you at a higher risk.
There are a number of factors and tests to diagnose food allergies. It may be diagnosed based on your symptoms alone, or your dermatologist may suggest tests to determine the source (or sources) of your allergy.
Treatment options for food allergies in Singapore vary, as it depends on how severe your reactions are. Once the food allergy has been identified, you should avoid it to prevent further allergic reactions. It is important to check food labels and be aware of the ingredients in each meal.
These are some common treatment options for food allergy:
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