Millions of people around the world suffer with some sort of food allergies, in fact recent statistics state that around for every 50 people there are, 1 has a food allergy. In this article we are going to look at some of the most common food allergies, what they mean, how they affect you and what you can actually do.
Up to 90% of those affected by an allergy are allergic to nuts, eggs, milk, shellfish or wheat. An allergy can be very stressful as it limits your life and can make you stand out from a group of friends. You could come out in rashes, become sick, have headaches or even be hospitalised in a worse-case scenario.
A peanut allergy means could mean you are unable to eat almost any type of nut. It is one of the worse allergies to have as it can be brought up by as little as one thousandth of a tiny peanut. This means you have to avoid any food containing nuts at all costs.
Those affected will face many things if they were to consume a nut. The most common effects are swelling, slight suffocation from the throat swelling, vomiting and breathing problems. None of which are particularly nice.
The only thing you can really do if faced with a peanut allergy is to avoid nuts all together. This does not only contain singular nuts, you should avoid any type of food that contains nuts whether it is a popular restaurant dish or your best friend’s favourite bar of chocolate. This allergy is extremely serious and every year people die from it.
Milk allergies don’t necessarily only point towards milk although they are based around milk proteins. If you or someone you know has this problem they should avoid most dairy products at all costs including cheese and cream.
The symptoms sufferers face is similar to that of a peanut allergy although there are some worse symptoms as well. When milk is consumed a sufferer may expect to go into shock, receive extreme abdominal pains and severe diarrhoea.
The person carrying the allergy should avoid dairy products at all costs (as previously mentioned this includes cream, cheese, butter, yoghurt and ice cream) to avoid a reaction. Doctors may prescribe tablets that can help reduce the chances of a reaction although they will still advise that you avoid the products all together.
Egg allergies are most commonly found in children rather than adults. It usually is based on the immune system not accepting either part of the egg causing a painful reaction inside the body. More often than not the only way to avoid to problem is to cut egg out of the diet completely. Some people will find out they are only allergic to part of the egg and may still be able to consume egg whites if they wish, although any yolk that gets mistakenly added will kick off the reaction.
If an allergic reaction occurs because of eggs the sufferer is likely to start vomiting along with possible diarrhoea. With this particular allergy this is considered one of the nicer symptoms as a worse-case scenario is anaphylaxis which will require immediate attention meaning the reactor must be rushed to hospital.
There is no cure in development or available to stop egg allergies. For this reason most sufferers simply avoid egg s or any food containing eggs. There are other foods developed so that you can still enjoy your favourite snacks such as cake with an egg replacement, which means that suffering with an egg allergy is not so bad after all.