Do I Have A Food Allergy? The Common Symptoms

March 12, 2015
Do I Have A Food Allergy? The Common Symptoms

How can we differentiate between a sore stomach and a full-blown food allergy?

It’s important to keep track of your symptoms, and keep a food diary for a reference of what is setting off your symptoms.

Keep in mind that symptoms can vary from each individual, and the only way to find out if you have a food allergy is with a blood test.

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Food allergy symptoms can vary for babies, children, and even adults, but if you are suffering from more than one of these at any given time, then it’s time to get a blood test by your doctor.

Moderate allergies

  • Swelling

This can be anything from the swelling of the eyes, nose, mouth, and entire face after eating a particular food or drink.

  • Stomach pain

While we all suffer from stomach pain, that gut-wrenching pain in your stomach is sometimes a sign that things aren’t right. Take it easy, drink lots of liquids, and stay away from heavy meals which can only make you feel worse.

  • Hives

Little hives or raised bumps on the stomach (or anywhere on the body) should be noted. They often start off as itchy bumps and that are usually about half the size of a pea. Swelling will usually decrease after a few hours.

Severe symptoms

If you experience any of of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately since they can bring on anaphylaxis.

  • Difficulty breathing

Any type of breathing issues through both the mouth and nose are one of the first signs of an extreme allergic reaction. Administer the medication that you have been prescribed (if any), and seek medication attention as soon as possible.

  • Swelling of the tongue

Most individuals will identify a swollen tongue as the number one sign of a food allergy. Sit down, have some water and get some rest until you can make your way to a doctor or emergency room.

Commonly accompanied with a strong cough and asthma symptoms such as a shortness of breath.

What you can do: a simple blood test

A blood test by your general practitioner can easily determine any types of food you might be allergic to. It’s completely worth trying if you suffer from the mild symptoms, and the doctor will put you on a trial diet plan to see if anything changes.

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