Food Allergy Symptons
A food allergy or food intolerance affects a growing number of people. We tend to think of peanuts or shellfish as causing allergies, but the truth is that almost any type of food can trigger an allergic reaction.
IgE-mediated food allergy symptons
The most common form of allergic reaction to food is called IgE-mediated food allergy. Symptoms usually develop within just a few seconds of eating the food.
- tingling or itching in the mouth
- a raised, itchy red rash (hives) – in some cases, the skin can turn red and itchy, but without a raised rash
- swelling of the face, mouth (angioedema), throat or other areas of the body
- difficulty swallowing
- wheezing or shortness of breath
- feeling dizzy and lightheaded
- feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting
- abdominal pain or diarrhoea
- hay fever-like symptoms, such as sneezing or itchy eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)
Anaphylactic shock symptoms
An allergic reaction to food can be very severe, even life threatening. When a reaction is extremely severe it is called Anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency. If you think someone is having anaphylactic shock you should dial 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
The symptoms of Anaphylaxis can come on suddenly and get worse very quickly. Initial symptoms can be the sae as the above list. However they can lead to
- swollen tongue
- breathing difficulties
- tight chest
- trouble swallowing or speaking
- feeling dizzy or faint
Non-IgE-mediated food allergy
Symptoms for this allergy come on more slowly and can take up to several days to appear.
- redness and itchiness of the skin – although not a raised, itchy red rash (hives)
- the skin becomes itchy, red, dry and cracked (atopic eczema)
- vomiting with or without diarrhoea
- abdominal cramps
- in babies: excessive and inconsolable crying, even though the baby is well fed and doesn’t need a nappy change (colic).
Other allergic reactions
- Some children may have a mix of IgE symptoms and non IgE symptoms. This can happen to children who have a milk allergy.
- Some food allergy compensation calims can be trigger by exercise after eating a certain food.
- Drinking alcohol or taking aspirin or ibuprofen can trigger a food allergy in some people.
If you or someone you know has had an allergic reaction to food and you want to make a compensation calim please get in touch as soon as possible.
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This guide is based upon the NHS food allergy symptons guide