Food allergies are actually very common in the United States, causing someone to visit the ER every three seconds. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to food can range from mild to severe. Severe symptoms can result in a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis.
Mild symptoms may involve diarrhea, eczema, hives, an itchy mouth or ear canal, runny nose, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, a dry cough, and redness around the eyes.
Severe symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, weak pulse, drop in blood pressure, and trouble swallowing. If you experience any of the severe symptoms alone or in conjunction with mild symptoms, you may be experiencing anaphylaxis. See a doctor immediately if this happens.
Your doctor can diagnose your food allergies by completing a thorough review of your medical history and asking questions about your symptoms. You will then be required to have tests completed to verify if you have a food allergy. These can be both blood and skin exams.
Once these results come back, your doctor may also do an oral food challenge to determine the intensity of the allergy. This test involves the gradual consumption of small amounts of trigger food to then be observed for reactions.
The best way to manage food allergies is to avoid eating trigger foods. Dr. Dadkhah will work with you to create a personalized diet plan that excludes problem foods. She will also educate you on how to examine food labels and ask questions in restaurants to determine if the food you are eating has traces of the trigger food.
If you think you have a food allergy, make an appointment with Dr. Dadkhah by calling one of our Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C. Metro area clinics.
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