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Jose R. Arias
Dr.
M.D.
Orlando
Allergy & Asthma Specialty
Allergy Asthma Specialists, PA
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Orlando
FL
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I think I have a food allergy; how do I find out if it is an allergy?

Food allergy is due to your immune system over reacting to a food protein which can cause hives or red itchy skin and life threatening reactions if eaten. Food intolerance causes bloating, gas and diarrhea. The Allergist/Immunologist can obtain a history on the food(s) in question and then perform either skin testing consisting of applying a small amount on the skin via prick device, or less sensitive blood testing to determine if it is a food allergy or intolerance. Once the Allergist determines the specific food allergy, besides avoiding the food an auto-injectable Epinephrine is prescribed in case of accidental consumption of the food.

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a serious life threatening allergic reaction to a food, insect sting, medications or latex. The reaction is due to your body’s immune system overreacting to the substance or allergen leading to release of chemicals that cause the allergy symptoms consisting of red swollen hives or welts, throat closing, trouble breathing, hoarse voice, vomiting, diarrhea and  stomach cramps. These can occur 5-30 minutes after coming in contact with the substance to which you are allergic. An Allergist/Immunologist can do a thorough investigation to find the cause of the anaphylaxis and then prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine since anaphylaxis can be fatal.


 

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