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Tree Nut Allergy: Symptoms and Foods to Avoid

Proteins found in many different types of tree nuts are a common cause of food allergy known as tree nut allergy. About 1% of the population suffer from tree nut allergies. Tree nuts are the hard, oily seeds of some trees, eaten raw or roasted, added to foods and sometimes also used to make edible oils. Tree nuts and their derivatives can be found in a variety of different foods as well as non-consumable products […]

Peanut Allergy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Symptom Relief

A peanut allergy is a common type of food allergy, which occurs when an individual’s immune system overreacts to exposure to peanuts or products that contain peanut proteins. In its most severe form, a peanut allergy can result in death. About 1% of the population are allergic to peanuts whereas half of them suffer from a severe allergy. The only effective treatment for this condition is the complete removal of peanuts and foods with peanut […]

Corn Allergy Treatment: Foods and Corn-Derived Ingredients to Avoid

A corn allergy is a rare type of allergic reaction triggered by the protein found in corn and numerous corn products. An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system mistakes an ingested corn protein for a dangerous foreign substance and activates the release of antibodies that in turn trigger the release of inflammatory chemicals called histamines. As a result, common allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, swelling, skin rash or headache usually appear within minutes, […]

MSG Sensitivity (Intolerance): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) can be found as a flavor-booster in many packaged foods and restaurant dishes where it enhances the taste of food by stimulating nerves on the tongue and in the brain. It is especially popular in Asian cooking but is also commonly used in processed meats, canned vegetables and clear soups. Monosodium glutamate is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a white, crystalline salt-like substance. The body uses the carboxylate anion of glutamic […]

Egg Allergy: Causes, Symptoms and Avoidance List

An egg allergy occurs when a person’s immune system overreacts following exposure to eggs or egg derivatives. Eggs are among the most common triggers of food allergy in children, causing reaction in about 2% of children. An allergy to eggs typically begins in infancy and most children (ca 70%) will outgrow the condition by the age of sixteen. Susceptible people who have been exposed to an egg allergen will usually display symptoms within a few […]

Soy Allergy: Avoiding Soy-Based Food Products

Soy allergy is an adverse reaction to foods, beverages and other products derived from soybeans. It can provoke a host of symptoms, ranging from nasal congestion or diarrhea to potentially serious manifestations such as bronchospasm or anaphylaxis (a dangerous allergic reaction which involves two or more body systems). Soy is an allergen for many children but only a few adults. Soy allergy often appears in the first three months of life and disappears by the […]

Milk Allergy: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

A milk allergy is an adverse reaction of the body’s immune system to one or more proteins found in milk. It is one of the most common food allergies and can be potentially fatal. The only way of successfully treating a milk allergy is to completely remove milk and dairy products from the diet. However, a milk allergy should not be confused with lactose intolerance, which is a sensitivity to the sugar found in milk […]

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