What are the symptoms and causes of food allergy?
Common symptoms related to food are:
Skin: , itching, rash on skin, eczema
Nose: Congestion, sneezing, runny mucus
Mouth and Throat: Tingling or itching in the mouth, swelling in the tongue, lips and throat
Chest: Shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness, coughing
Gastrointestinal (GI) tract : Nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea
Systemic: Dizziness, light-headedness and fainting
Food allergies can be caused due to ingestion of a particular food item that might contain a protein to which the person is allergic.
In children, most food allergies are caused by food items such as:
- Milk – If a child is allergic to cows’ milk, there are high chances they are allergic to other types of milk, including infants' and follow-on formulas.
In adults, most food allergies are caused by food items such as:
- Tree nuts – such as pine nuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, etc.
- Shellfish – such as lobster, crawfish, crabs, etc.