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Food Allergies

Two percent of adults and 6% of children have potentially life-threatening food allergy, while up to 20% of the general population believes they have allergy problems caused by eating certain foods.

Food allergies are commonly triggered by certain nuts, peanuts, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, wheat, and soybeans.

  • Symptoms vary by age and may include rashes, wheezing, a runny nose, and, occasionally in adults, more serious symptoms.
  • Skin tests, blood tests, and an elimination diet help doctors identify the food triggering the allergy.
  • The only effective treatment is to eliminate the food from the diet.

Many patients suffer from food intolerances (or sensitivities), which can cause bothersome symptoms, but generally are not as life-threatening as food allergies can be.

Symptoms - Infants and Children
In infants, the first symptom of a food allergy may be a rash such as eczema (atopic dermatitis) or a rash that resembles hives. The rash may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

By about age 1 year, the rash tends to develop less often, but children may wheeze, feel short of breath, or get a runny nose when they eat the food that triggers their allergy.

By about age 10, food allergies—most commonly to milk and less commonly to eggs and peanuts—tend to subside. Allergies to airborne substances, such as allergic asthma and hay fever, may develop as food allergies subside.

Symptoms - Adults
In adults, food allergies cause itching in the mouth, hives, eczema, and, occasionally, a runny nose and asthma. For some adults with a food allergy, eating a tiny amount of the food may trigger a severe reaction.

A rash may cover the entire body, the throat may swell, and the airways may narrow, making breathing difficult. Occasionally, this reaction is severe and becomes life threatening―an anaphylactic reaction.

Differentiating between food allergy and intolerance is crucial in giving proper dietary recommendations.

At Hamilton Allergy Center, our needle free allergy testing can immediately identify possible food allergies so that detailed advice on dietary changes and treatment for accidental exposures to allergy causing food can be given at the same visit.

Often food allergies in children will outgrow; however this requires regular monitoring and re-evaluation so that foods may be re-introduced safely as soon as that happens. In certain cases, we perform food re-introduction in our office under monitoring so potential reactions can be avoided or treated immediately.

If food intolerance or sensitivity is suspected, we can help with evaluation through dietary changes and provide guidance on reliable ways to control symptoms and systematically re-introduce foods safely.  Irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic intestinal and digestive problems are increasingly common and our patients find dramatic and lasting relief with our customized dietary strategies and safe, inexpensive natural digestive aids.

If you suspect foods are contributing to your allergy or digestive symptoms,
Call our office to schedule an evaluation at 609-584-9200

Tel: 609-584-9200 •  Fax: 609-584-9299 • Address: 2333 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Suite G, Hamilton, NJ 08619
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