Reporting: Rabbit Zielke
The growth in food allergies in the western world is alarming. At times, allergies and reactions to food can trigger asthma. With most food allergies, avoidance is the only treatment. Dr. Curt Chaffin from the Allergy Asthma Group joined us in the studio to discuss food allergies and reactions.
Some common symptoms of allergies include itchy, watery, swollen eyes or post nasal drip. You could suffer from congestion, sneezing, coughing, or a runny nose. Some people may experience headaches, ear congestion or frequent ear infections, or possibly frequent sinus infections when exposed to allergens. Less common symptoms can include fatigue, snoring or other sleep disturbances or a loss of taste or smell. While many of these symptoms may also occur with illness or other conditions, allergic reactions usually occur soon after exposure to airborne particles or food.
Allergic reactions can affect quality of life and in some cases become life threatening. When coupled with asthma, a simple reaction to pollen or food can be very frightening. If you or someone you know is having an adverse reaction to food, contact your doctor or allergy specialist.
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