5 Common Symptoms You Have Food and Environmental Allergies:
1. Swelling and Hives – these are common reactions to food allergies after consuming the food your body is responding to. Sometimes, people aren’t aware that they are allergic and chalk up these reactions to something else. Hives develop on the skin as raised, itchy, and red welts. Swelling in connection to food generally occurs in the airways. We suggest talking to your doctor if you notice either of these reactions immediately after having a meal. They will work with you to determine what the cause might be and likely refer you to a specialist to address the allergy further.
2. Rashes, Eczema, Itching and Burning Skin – these symptoms are most often caused by direct exposure to an allergen. For some, this happens if they simply touch the pollen of a flower, the juice of a fruit, or the needles or sap of a tree that they’re allergic to! The skin can get red and itchy but not welt like hives. If not washed off or treated quickly, the skin can start to feel like it’s burning or turn into eczema. If consuming an allergen, the itching and burning sensations can occur inside the mouth as well.
3. Cold Symptoms – including sore throat, sneezing, congestion and runny nose.These symptoms are the hardest ones to assign directly to allergies. The symptoms are so much like those of common colds that people often write them off not realizing there is an underlying cause. Allergens, especially environmental ones, can be the root of all of these. If you live in an area with cold winters, have you ever noticed that many people start sneezing and blowing their noses right about the time flowers start blooming and trees start budding in the spring? This occurs because the substances from those plants cause histamine production! For some, living in a different region lessens their response to certain allergens. This could be somewhere it stays colder longer or maybe a place where the allergens aren’t native.
4. Itching, Burning and Swollen Eyes –the eyes can be watery as a result of a burning sensation, they can be dry due to excessive itching. In swelling, they often look puffy and irritated. These symptoms are often caused by the same allergens that are a precursor to cold symptoms described above. In some cases, more serious eye infections can occur to it is advised to be aware of the itching or burning becoming more severe or being prolonged. If so, again, we suggest seeing a doctor to address the situation.
5. Nausea and Digestive Issues –allergies to food can show up in this form, sometimes with abdominal pain. These things occur because the body, more specifically the immune system, is making antibodies in response to the presence of this food. Some of the most common food allergies include eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, shellfish, fish and soy. We should add that an allergic reaction to food is different than in intolerance. In allergic reactions, the immune system is responding and that does not occur in intolerances.