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Did you know that people may be allergic to any one of a number of foods? It's true, and this applies to both children and adults. If you experience odd symptoms such as itching, upset stomach, trouble breathing or swallowing, see Dr. Ludwig Edward Khoury of Allergy Care in Utica and Watertown, NY. He knows food allergies and can help you deal with them.
Why do people have allergies?
Allergies are the immune system's over-reaction to ordinary substances touched, inhaled or ingested. The body produces histamines, a natural chemical which, in excessive amounts, causes symptoms such as:
- Stomach ache
- Trouble swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Nasal congestion
- Watery eyes
- Hives or other rashes
When someone contacts an allergen (something he or she is overly sensitive to), the body is on high alert. Allergy symptoms may be mild, moderate, severe or life-threatening (anaphylactic). The severest reactions require immediate medical attention.
What are common allergens?
Common allergens are dust, mold, animal dander, pollen, tobacco and wood smoke, latex, insect bites, drugs (such as penicillin) and more. Food allergies are wide-ranging and may include:
Unfortunately, people often struggle with identifying what foods cause their symptoms because of something called cross-reactivity. For instance, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that if you are allergic to certain kinds of plant pollen, you also may react to fruits and vegetables such as bananas, celery and carrots.
What you can do about food allergies
The first line of defense is avoidance. If you know you develop symptoms after ingesting, say, peanut butter, do not eat it. Be sure to avoid all sources of peanuts, paying strict attention to food labels.
Also, see Dr. Khoury at Allergy Care. He'll do a physical examination, ask you about your symptoms (and when and how often they occur), and order tests as needed. Allergy testing helps your doctor know how best to control your symptoms.
Allergy testing may take the form of skin prick tests, which introduce a tiny amount of an allergen under the skin, challenge tests (the allergen is ingested) and lab work. Lab work is called RAST testing which looks for the presence of certain antibodies in the blood.
Finally, your allergist will devise a treatment plan to include medications, lifestyle changes and more to decrease your allergic reactions. This plan will tell what you should do in the event of a severe, or anaphylactic, reaction.
Find out more
Lead a healthier, happier life. Control those food allergies with expert care and advice from Dr. Ludwig Edward Khoury at Allergy Care. Call today for a consultation. In Watertown, phone (315) 782-6200, and in Utica, call (315) 624-7911.
Food allergies can be a source of pain and discomfort for the individuals affected by them. Food allergies can affect both children and adults. An allergist can test you or your children for specific food allergies. Once the allergies have been identified, possible treatment options can be reviewed. At Allergy Care, Dr. Ludwig Khoury is your allergist for treating food allergies in the Utica and Watertown areas.
A variety of foods can produce allergic reactions in people. Some of the foods people are commonly allergic to include fish, shellfish, peanuts, walnuts, and almonds. Other foods associated with allergies include eggs, dairy, corn, and wheat. A broad range of symptoms can result from food allergies. One of the most severe symptoms that can occur is anaphylaxis, which is a condition that makes it difficult to breathe, while also sending the body into shock. Other symptoms associated with food allergies include:
- Runny nose or nasal congestion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty breathing
There are several options for treating food allergies. An allergist can develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Antihistamines can be helpful for minimizing the symptoms of food allergies. For patients with potentially life-threatening food allergies, EpiPens are a critical component of their treatment plan and are used to stop the onset of anaphylaxis. Another treatment option is desensitization. Desensitization works by exposing a patient to small amounts of the allergen to help that person build up a tolerance to it.
Another component of treating food allergies is managing them by taking precautions to prevent allergic reactions. For instance, it is important to take precautions when handling or cooking certain foods. For some individuals, simply touching foods they are allergic to is enough to produce an allergic reaction. Wearing gloves when preparing food is a good way to safeguard against an allergic reaction. It is also helpful to read food labels to ensure the ingredients list does not contain any foods that could produce an allergic reaction.
An allergist can help identify your exact food allergies and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. For the treatment of food allergies in Watertown or Utica, NY, schedule an appointment with Dr. Khoury by calling Allergy Care at (315) 624-7911 for Utica or at (315) 782-6200 for Watertown.
Food Allergies: Find out If the Symptoms You Are Experiencing Could Be Caused by Something You’re Eating.
If you are professed foodie, the last thing you want to think about is that something you are eating could be affecting your health. Of course, there are millions of people in the country dealing with food allergies, from babies to adults. So, what are the most common food allergies and what symptoms warrant a trip to our Utica, NY, allergist Dr. Ludwig Khoury?
Common Food Allergies
Even though just about any food can cause an allergic reaction, there are eight different kinds of foods that most commonly cause allergy symptoms. These foods are:
- Tree nuts
In some cases, certain seeds (e.g. sesame) can also cause an allergic reaction.
Symptoms of a Food Allergy
Symptoms can manifest in different ways, usually affecting the skin, intestinal tract, or cardiovascular system. Common symptoms include,
- Stomach cramps
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble breathing or swallowing (Severe)
- Swelling of the tongue
- Anaphylaxis (this is a life-threatening reaction that affects breathing and sends the body into shock; this requires immediate medical attention)
Symptoms of a food allergy will appear within two hours of consuming the food; however, most symptoms will generally show up within a matter of minutes. Delayed symptoms are rare but are more often seen in children.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that just because you are experiencing these symptoms after eating certain foods doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an allergy. If you notice these same symptoms recurring, then it’s a good idea to keep a food journal to pinpoint if there is a specific food that is causing these symptoms.
If you discover that there is a specific, food then it is pertinent to consult with our allergy specialist in Utica, NY, to both figure out if it’s truly an allergy and how to best avoid it in the future.
Contact Us Today!
If you suspect that you may have a food allergy, the next step is to have your symptoms checked out by Dr. Khoury, a specialist in diagnosing and treating a variety of allergies. Call Allergy Care today at either our Watertown, NY, location ((315) 782-6200) or our Utica, NY, office ((315)6224-7911) to schedule a consultation!
An allergic reaction can be a scary situation, especially when it comes unexpectedly while eating. However, knowing what an allergic reaction looks like and what to do during one can help you avoid discomfort or, in severe cases, even save your life. Find out what to do when you have a food allergy reaction with Dr. Ludwig Khoury at Allergy Care in Watertown and Utica, NY.
Signs and Symptoms of a Food Allergy
The symptoms of an allergic reaction to food almost always happen immediately after consuming the allergen. Even tiny amounts of allergens can cause reactions. Often, the first sign of a food allergy is a tingling or itching sensation in the mouth. Patients may also experience hives or itching skin, wheezing or nasal congestion, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or other parts of the body, abdominal pain or indigestion, dizziness, lightheadedness, or even fainting. In the most severe cases, anaphylactic shock can constrict the airways, causing the patient to be unable to breathe. Anaphylactic shock is often accompanied by a feeling as though you have a lump in the throat, rapid pulse, dizziness, loss of consciousness, or a severe drop in blood pressure.
What do I do during an allergic reaction?
It is important to seek emergency care immediately if you experience anaphylactic shock. This is a serious situation which could result in death. If you experience anaphylaxis, remain calm and ask someone to call 911.
Allergy Treatments in Watertown and Utica
A dietician can help patients find a good diet for them after a food allergy diagnosis. Treating food allergies normally begins with a full elimination diet. During this diet, the patient avoids all consumption of the allergen and, in severe cases, all contact at all, including inhalation or physical contact by touch. In an emergency, antihistamines can help control a reaction or an epinephrine auto-injector can keep the blood pressure up and treat severe reactions.
For more information on allergic reactions and their treatments, please contact Dr. Khoury at Allergy Care in Watertown and Utica, NY. Call (315) 782-6200 to schedule your appointment at the Watertown location and (315) 624-7911 to schedule your appointment at the Utica location today!