Food allergy has become one of the more common allergic disorders. Food allergy typically presents in early childhood, usually after the first exposure to the offending food. Cow’s milk, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, soybean and shellfish are the most common foods implicated after an allergic reaction occurs.
Symptoms of food allergy occur within minutes of ingestion and may include mouth itching, hives, sneezing, and coughing. Untreated this may progress to wheezing, choking, and/or loss of consciousness.
Patients with atopic dermatitis or a family history of allergies are particularly at risk for food allergy. It is not unusual to have an allergy to multiple items. At both of our Northern New Jersey offices, we carefully perform food allergy testing on each patient and identify all foods to which the patient is sensitive to. Once this is done avoidance of offending foods is very achievable and allergic reactions are rare.
For more information on Food Allergies you can visit the AAAAI website or contact one of our New Jersey food allergy doctors.