Signs you may have a food allergy
Chances are you or someone you know may be affected by a food allergy. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states, "A food allergy reaction occurs when your immune system overreacts to a food or a substance in a food, identifying it as a danger and triggering a protective response." While we may think of them as something you're born with, food allergies can develop at any age.
Dr. Gina Coscia, an allergy and immunology attending physician with Northwell Health in Long Island explains, "People react to foods in different ways. Some people can have a true allergy, and develop symptoms 30 minutes to a few hours after eating a food, or patients can also experience intolerances where it's not a true allergy, but a particular food doesn't make them feel good."
Reactions can be mild to severe (even life-threatening), and because your body may not react that same every time, most healthcare providers counsel patients to avoid those triggering foods in case they have a much worse reaction to something they'd previously had a milder response to. Allergy symptoms can impact the skin, GI tract, or even the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, so take them seriously and call your doctor if you suspect you have an allergy. These are some signs you should pay attention to.