Food Allergies

and Chemical Sensitivities

Food allergies incorporate the immune system as it is the general and comprehensive indication for the various bodily systems that takes a move to react and fight against disease and toxins which include the leukocytes (the white blood cells), the skin and the mucus membranes that act as an impediment against germs, the bone marrow, as well as the spleen that produce fighting cells called the antibodies.

The symptom of food allergy covers skin reaction such as – rashes, swelling as well as irritation. Anaphylaxis - which causes breathing difficulty, gasping, giddiness, and may even cause death. However, in case of an emergency, epinephrine pills are advisable to be carried along with.
Those suffering from food allergies ought to restrict from items such as milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

When the body is exposed to an allergen or the immune trigger, Immunoglobulin IgE connects with a foreign intruder and releases a number of chemicals to attack. The most prominent chemical, Histamine is responsible for allergic symptoms disposed off during this reaction. Some of the medicines that are helpful in treating allergies are called ‘antihistamines’ as they treat the released chemicals. The histamine prompts the tissue swelling as well as can induce end number of local and advanced symptoms which include rashes, rhinitis and vomiting.

It is to be specifically noted that an allergy is an accurate and definite reaction of the immune system. The obnoxious reaction to which there is no involvement of IgE is known as food sensitivity, which occurs preferably in the immune system rather than the digestive system. The symptoms following food sensitivity are generally less serious as they are often limited to digestive problems. For those suffering from food sensitivity would be able to consume distasteful food in fewer amounts without any difficulty whereby the reaction could also be prevented..

Food sensitivity is caused due to absence of enzymes required for the food to get digested. An example would be lactose intolerance which can lead to an irritable bowel disorder that causes cramping, constipation and diarrhea, etc. Sensitivity to food ingredients can lead to asthma attacks and even celiac disease in some cases caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains.

A food allergy is an inflammatory disease caused due to the repercussion of food. Immunoglobulin’s E, mediated reaction is some of the antibiotics that promptly react due to the chemical discharge such as histamine from mast cells.

The simplest and the easiest way for testing food sensitivity is to discard the food item that gives rise to the intolerance and also by way of taking supplements that are helpful for digestion. With the help of lactose tolerance test, a hydrogen breath test as well as the stool acidity test, lactose intolerance can be tested. The babies could be provided with soya milk instead of cow milk. The best diagnostic tool is eliminating diet, also known as the elimination or diagnostic diet as they are extremely beneficial in detecting the causes..

It is strongly recommended that people suffering from the above mentioned disorders may note down the item of food consumed as it may be easy for the doctors or the dieticians to identify the cause of such adverse reactions.