Category Archives: Food and Drink Allergies

The Top 8 Common Food Allergies We Should All Know

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It has been calculated that allergies to 8 different foods lead to about 50-90% of allergic reactions.  Here is the list of allergens that cause the most common food allergies in the United States: Milk Eggs Peanuts Tree nuts Fish Shellfish Soy Wheat Various people and organizations will list them in different orders, but usually the same 8 show up.  ... Read More »

What Is “Oral Allergy Syndrome”?

Eating fruit can trigger oral allergy syndrome

If you have allergic rhinitis (hay fever), you may notice that your mouth or throat becomes itchy when eating certain foods, usually a fresh fruit or raw vegetable but it could also be a nut or spice.  This reaction occurs because proteins found in some foods are extremely similar to proteins found in the pollen of certain plants.  What is ... Read More »

Think You Have An Iodine Allergy??

Shrimp, an example of a food that contains iodine

Allergic reactions to iodine can range from mild to quite severe but overall, they thankfully are extremely rare. It is questionable whether our bodies can be truly allergic to iodine, since we have this element in our body in trace amounts naturally. It is used, for example, in the production of our thyroid hormones.   Foods With Iodine There are ... Read More »

Apple Allergy Answers

Apples in a row

Can you have an apple allergy?  The simple answer is that true apple allergies are rare, involving less than 2% of the population, but they do happen.  The allergens in apples change when heated so the allergy is usually only to fresh fruit.  The body doesn’t recognize it as a problem when cooked. Cooked apples such as applesauce or stuffing ... Read More »

Tomato Allergy

Tomato

Thankfully, true allergy to tomatoes is rare. Some people have problems with acidic foods like tomatoes and orange juice. Tomatoes are part of the nightshade plant family, so some people will have allergies to them, along with potatoes, eggplant, and other nightshade plant fruits and vegetables. People who only have digestive upset from eating tomatoes may only have an intolerance, ... Read More »

Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy Symptoms To Watch Out For

Table with peanuts

Nut allergy symptoms can range from minor to mild to severe and life-threatening.  An allergic reaction can vary each time someone is exposed to the allergen, so even minor reactions need attention.  The next time – the reaction could be much worse. The amount of nut needed to create a reaction and thus allergy symptoms can vary significantly.  Some people ... Read More »

Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy Treatment Options

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Let’s look at this topic in terms of what lifestyle precautions need to be taken, and then a look at desensitization as a management technique. Obviously, such nut allergies can cause anaphylaxis, and thus a serious risk to life. Anyone with a potential for such severe reactions should always carry an epi-pen (containing epinephrine/adrenaline). Consider wearing a warning bracelet, to ... Read More »

Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy – An Introduction

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The world of nut allergies can get pretty curious at times.  Many nuts are misnamed or not categorized properly by definition. Peanuts are not real nuts; they are “legumes” along with peas and lentils.  Yet, you look for them in the store in the same spot as cashews and almonds.  Coconuts are a fruit but they are usually placed in ... Read More »

Banana Allergy – Do You Know The Different Forms?

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Bananas are routinely promoted as a “safe food” and will usually be given to babies as one of their first fruits.  They are easy to mash, packed with nutrients and slightly sweet.  Luckily banana allergies are rare but they do exist and the possibility should not be ignored.   The forms of banana allergy This problem can take one of ... Read More »

Egg Allergy – Quick Advice On A Common Problem

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Eggs are one of the most common allergy-causing foods.  Egg allergies many times show up in childhood and can even affect babies as young as 6 months of age.  Luckily, 70% of children outgrow this problem by age 16, many by age 5.  Allergies that develop in adults will usually never disappear.   What is Happening? When a person with an ... Read More »