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The Most Common Allergy Triggers in America

Author: Thomas C. Weiss : Contact: Disabled World

Published: 2015-01-09 : (Rev. 2018-03-16)

Synopsis and Key Points:

Factors that cause allergies in people that may be triggered by almost any substance in their immediate environment.

Main Digest

Around 20% of people in America experience allergies. There are many different factors that cause allergies in people and these allergies may be triggered by almost any substance in their immediate environment. Yet what is an allergy? An allergy is basically any abnormal reaction of a person's immune system to a particular substance referred to as an, 'allergen.' The reaction happens when the allergy trigger a person has is present in the person's surroundings.

The allergic episodes can be mild and only manifest as skin redness, hives, or itching - yet at times an allergic reaction may be deadly. Considering that one-fifth of the population in America alone experiences one form of allergy or another, an idea of the most common allergens that trigger allergic reactions in America is relevant. What follows are descriptions of these common allergens.

Food Allergy Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of food allergies are actually similar to food poisoning while others might be confused with pollen allergies or asthma. It is important to work with your doctor to find out what is causing your symptoms. It may take time and some detective work to figure out if your symptoms are being caused by food, or if there is another underlying cause.

Symptoms of a classic food allergy usually start within 2 hours of eating a trigger food. Symptoms of food sensitivities, such as lactose intolerance, or an auto-immune disorder such as celiac disease may be delayed for up to 12 hours. Food allergies might cause symptoms in a person's skin, airways, stomach, eyes, or their entire body. Some of the signs of food allergy include the following.

Anaphylaxis is indeed a life-threatening emergency. It can progress quickly and may cause death within 30 minutes of the start of the person's symptoms and requires administration of emergency epinephrine. If you think you may be experiencing anaphylaxis do not wait to find out if your symptoms improve.

Symptoms of Food Allergy in Children

Children may describe the symptoms they experience different than an adult would. A child might say something such as, 'This is too spicy,' or, 'My tongue feels really thick,' when they eat a trigger food. Children can become very fussy or irritable and find themselves unable to explain the symptoms they are experiencing.

If a child's mouth, face, or tongue is swelling, or if they experience difficulties with breathing, do not hesitate - call 911 at once. If you are concerned that a child might have food allergies or be at risk for food allergies, communicate with a pediatrician about visiting a board-certified allergist. Symptoms of food allergies may also be different in babies.

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