Food Allergy Risk Factors

Food allergies can impact the quality of your life. When food allergies are not known, you won’t know how to address the symptoms you’re having. Learning more about food allergy risk factors can help you prepare to help a loved one with a food allergy.

Some common food allergies are peanuts, wheat, eggs, fish and milk. These and other food allergies are common in children and adults. An allergic reaction may occur within an hour or more of exposure to the allergen and it may cause a number of symptoms. Some common food allergy symptoms are wheezing, swelling, feeling itchy, vomiting or having abdominal pain.food alergies words

Occasionally, an allergic reaction may be severe enough to result in Anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is an emergency life threatening condition that can develop rapidly. It affects several body systems including the nervous system and the respiratory system. The most extreme anaphylaxis cases cause loss of consciousness or death.

Food Allergy Risk Factors

  • family history of asthma or allergies
  • A past food allergy
  • Age – children are more likely to have food allergies
  • Asthma

Factors that may increase your risk of an anaphylactic reaction:

  • having hives or skin symptoms
  • waiting to treat your food allergy symptoms with epinephrine
  • being a teenager or younger
  • history of asthma

Check Yourself for Food Allergies

If you notice symptoms that seem like food allergies, you should conduct testing. There are several different types of food allergies. It is necessary to rule out certain conditions and narrow down the possible allergies you have. Allergy testing at ARCpoint Labs of Overland Park offers affordable, reliable and confidential testing solutions for individuals across the Kansas City metro. Allergy testing at ARCpoint Labs is simple. Contact ARCpoint Labs of Overland Park to learn more about our affordable food allergy testing services.

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