What is a Food Allergy?

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More than 32 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with food allergies and this number continues to rise at epidemic rates. Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. Even a tiny amount of the reaction-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms such as hives, swelling, vomiting, or trouble breathing. This happens because the immune system overreacts to the proteins in that food. While a person can be allergic to any food, the top nine most common allergens are milk, egg, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, tree nuts and sesame.

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Common Symptoms of Food Allergies

Symptoms may vary with different types of food allergy reactions — ranging from mild reactions including rashes and hives to life-threatening anaphylaxis. Learn more about the common signs and symptoms of food allergy reactions.


Is it a true food allergy or something else?

Navigating the differences between food allergies and food intolerances can be confusing. They can have similar symptoms. Ruling out whether you have a true food allergy, a non-IgE mediated food allergy such as Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome or Eosinophilic Esophagitis, an autoimmune condition such as Celiac disease, or chronic idiopathic hives, can help you better understand treatment and care options. Sometimes food sensitivities can be confusing to interpret as well. Learn more about the difference between a true food allergy and other food related conditions including food intolerance.

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Latitude Food Allergy Care is here to help provide proper diagnosis, treatment and guidance of food allergies for you.

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