FooD ALLERGY signs and symptoms

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FooD ALLERGY signs and symptoms

FOOD ALLERGY    symptoms  ranked from mild to severe.

MILD ALLERGY means  the symptoms you experience tend to be uncomfortable but not severe, such as:

  • wheezing
  • mucus:  throat clearing or runny nose
  • red, itchy or watery eyes
  • tingling (anywhere but usually in or around the mouth, chin, cheeks)
  • red or warm flush (anywhere but usually the face or chest)
  • physical fatigue (extending to exhaustion)
  • recurring itch
  • mental fatigue (brain fog)

MODERATE means   more persistent, more frequent, lasts longer or more intense of any above plus these:

  • hives (itchy, red elevated welts or flat red splotches)
  • constipation and/or diarrhea  (loose stool)
  • skin rash or red patches (eczema)
  • light-headed-ness, dizzy, spaced out
  • mild breathing difficulties
  • swelling of the lips or face
  • headache
  • forehead or behind the eyes pain
  • nausea, upset stomach
  • feel like or actual vomiting

SEVERE means   a reaction known as anaphylaxis. If someone develops any of these conditions, do not hesitate to seek immediate or emergency medical treatment:

  • swelling or closing of the throat
  • shortness or intense breathing troubles
  • chest tightness,
  • rapid or abnormal pulse
  • drop or elevation of blood pressure
  • heart palpitations
  • loss of consciousness
  • break out into a sweat

A specific food triggers these reactions within 24 hours of eating.   Most food allergy is caused by leaky gut.   IF you have any of these reactions, consider a specific food allergy test.  (Not usually covered by your insurance, so plan to pay out of pocket).  But it will give you a useful list of (1) Foods you can eat freely,  (2) Foods you can eat sparingly, and (3) Foods you should never eat – at least until you heal the leaky gut.  Not all tests are the same and not all treatment is effective, so call or email for details.  Get your testing done before the holidays and start a Health and Wellness Program at the New Year.