Is it Food Poisoning or Food Allergies How to tell the Difference?
Those suffering from food allergies may experience symptoms ranging from digestive upset to anaphylactic shock. While hives, swelling of the throat and mouth, and other extreme symptoms are easy to spot, it may be difficult to diagnose a less serious allergy without extensive allergy testing. Food allergies symptoms are varied and it’s important to seek out proper treatment to prevent severe symptoms.
Food allergy symptoms send an American to the hospital every 3 minutes. Typically, symptoms appear within minutes to hours after eating the food. Affected systems include the skin, digestive system, breathing, and even the cardiovascular system. Symptoms can worsen quickly, so if you suspect an allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately. Some symptoms to watch for include:
- Eczema- a dry, itchy rash
- Itching, especially around the mouth, face and ears
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain and diarrhea
- Sneezing, nasal congestion, a dry cough
- Swelling of the mouth and throat
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, turning blue
- Drop in blood pressure, often accompanied by a feeling of weakness or faintness
- Loss of consciousness
- Chest pain
- A week, “thread” pulse
- And odd taste, sometimes described as metallic.
If you suffer any symptoms of food allergies, even if they seem mild, it’s important to seek professional allergy testing. Other disorders may mimic allergies, so it’s important to rule out other possibilities before engaging in unnecessary dietary restrictions which may lead to malnutrition, especially in children. Allergy testing includes a skin prick test, blood test, an oral food challenge, and a trial elimination diet. Your doctor may recommend a combination of tests to rule out various allergens and ensure you’re properly diagnosed.
Although following a gluten-free diet has been a popular fad in recent years, there is no evidence that otherwise healthy individuals benefit from restricting gluten in their diets. There are two separate diagnoses related to gluten allergy symptoms: Celiac disease and wheat allergy. The symptoms of wheat allergy are similar to other food allergies: bloating, gas, nausea, nausea, digestive upset, trouble breathing and swelling and itching of the mouth and throat. It is commonly found in children, and usually is outgrown by the time the child is 12.
Celiac disease is a condition in which the body responds unnaturally to gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Celiac is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the villa, the tiny structures in the small intestine responsible for absorbing nutrients from food. If you suspect any type of food allergy, it’s important to seek testing right away, so that you can begin a treatment plan.