About Food Allergies

A food allergy is an abnormal response by the body's immune system to a particular food. In children, the most common food allergies include:
 
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat.
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Common symptoms include:
 
  • Itching in the mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Hives
  • Asthma.
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In some cases, the reaction can be so severe that it causes serious illness, or even death.
 
Healthcare providers conduct specific tests in order to make a definitive diagnosis. Treatment usually involves avoiding the food that triggers the reaction.
 
(Click Food Allergy to learn about the factors that affect the timing and location of an allergic reaction, the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance, and whether it's possible to outgrow food allergies.)
 

About Food Allergies

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