Understanding Food Allergy
09
September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , /


During an allergic reaction, the immune
system responds to a normally harmless substance as if it were a threat. In some people, common foods such as
milk, eggs, and peanuts can trigger such a
reaction. So how does this work? If you have a food allergy, your immune
system makes a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E, or IgE. This class of antibody binds to immune
cells called mast cells and basophils that circulate throughout your body. When you are exposed to the food
allergen, it attaches to the IgE antibodies. This binding signals the immune cells to
release histamine and other chemicals that cause allergy symptoms, such as swelling
of the lips, hives, and shortness of breath. Because mast cells and basophils rapidly release these chemicals, an allergic reaction typically occurs
within 30 minutes after exposure. The most severe kind of reaction is called
anaphylaxis, which can cause a sudden drop in blood
pressure, trouble breathing, dizziness, and possibly death. People with
food allergy and poorly controlled asthma are more
susceptible to severe reactions. An anaphylactic episode must be treated
with a hormone called epinephrine, which maintains
blood pressure and opens up the airways. To deal with accidental exposure, people
diagnosed with food allergy are prescribed a medical device called
an autoinjector that delivers a single dose of
epinephrine into the thigh muscle. Antihistamines alone are not an
effective treatment for anaphylaxis. There is no cure for food allergy. The best way to manage the condition
is to avoid the allergenic food, read food labels carefully, wash hands
and household surfaces, and always carry an epinephrine
autoinjector. If you are accidentally exposed to a food allergen, seek medical help immediately. The
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, conducts and supports
research to better understand, prevent, and treat food allergy. In 2010, an expert panel sponsored by NIAID
issued guidelines to assist healthcare professionals in diagnosing and
managing the disease. These guidelines and a summary for
patients, families, and caregivers can be found on the NIAID website.


45 thoughts on “Understanding Food Allergy

  1. I don't see a date of which century this was published but it is not true that food allergies cannot be treated, managed and often cured. The only sensitivities that cannot be cured and must be avoided are exposures to toxic chemicals [often contained in and/or on foods and the person is …

  2. cont.: actually reacting to the chemical rather than the food itself. If someone can tolerate the certified organic version of the single-ingredient food but reacts badly to commercially grown/mainstream [non-organic] item then it's a good sign the food is not the issue but the chemical. References from EHC-Dallas.

  3. the "cures" are still in the clinical trial stage. Many practitioners promising "cures" are not M.D.s and are providing treatments with no proven benefit!

  4. Apparently you did not read my post completely, &/or didn't read the reference(s) I provided. The EHC-Dallas has been treating MCS patients since 1975 & was founded by an MD, a thoracic surgeon to be exact, & has had many MDs, DOs & other registered & licensed medical professionals among their support staff in their treatment of tens of thousands of allergy/MCS patients, myself included, since 1981. I was referred by a traditional allergy dr., an MD, who was treating me w/antigens preserved with

  5. cont.: chemicals. I was not progressing after two YEARS of treatments there, not because I wasn't validly sensitive to the items tested, but was getting progressively sicker after every injection because of the chemical preservatives that MD allergist used. That allergist finally listened to me & referred me to the EHC-Dallas where I was correctly diagnosed as having traditional allergies to foods, grasses, weeds, molds, trees, etc. but was even more reactive to specific chemicals as shown

  6. cont: in DOUBLE BLIND TESTING. There are effective antigen therapies for the mainstream allergy incitants [foods, pollens etc] but there is no 'getting used to' chemicals; there are no antigens to desensitize to toxic chemicals, only try to avoid exposure, & use the recommended detox protocols to purge the exposures & lessen the damage chemicals do; facts; based on decades of experience & documentation. Contact C.I.I.N. or read their "Our Toxic Times" for more documented evidence of the above.

  7. @LaToya's Life all my love too Adam I hope he feels better but I hope this video can help you my name is chealsey btw so I hope its doing alright and hope it never happens again I got shocked when I saw Adam so red all affections to the both of yall love you fan chealsey love yall.

  8. @LUXITANE Nope, autoimmunity is when immune cells attack host tissue. The best example is Type 1 diabetes where host immune cells attack pancreatic beta cells which means there's no insulin supply for muscle and fat cells to uptake glucose. Asthma and allergies are regarded as hypersensitivity, rather than autoimmune.

  9. Try this is you have an allergic reaction to food.

    1. Make yourself throw up asap! Get it all out, or you will deal with Horrible stomach pain and constipation.

    2. Drink a good amount of a liquid antihistamine. Children's benadryl works the best for me. Not saying down half the bottle but more than 3tbs for sure. Gargle the liquid to help irritation in the back of your throat.

    3. Rinse Rinse Rinse! Cold water for as long as you can. This helps the swelling in your mouth and gets rid of any extra food particles in there.

    4. Dont be afraid to hit that shot if you feel like you are getting worse. Or call 911.

  10. I had it since birth, but I have a feeling it goes away by age, I'm not 100% sure about this, but when I try eating allergic food I used to throw up… have swelling all over my body… feel dizzy & full of pain.. but now all I get is Diarrhea and a short period of stomachache.

  11. I have an allergy to ……all kinds of nuts, cats, dogs, pretty much any animal with fur, dust, hay, and I used to be eggs but not anymore for some reason. …..yeah ….it sucks pretty bad. I,also have asma and egsma

  12. i have food intolerance to beef pork lamb ext that along with my pet allergies i developed chronic allergies and asma is not fun at all cause sometimes i crave food that makes me sick and i have not been able to get better even with all the medication i am taking sometimes my family thinks i am been rude wen i refuse to eat what they cook is very hard to deal with this allergens more wen food is so delicious 🙂 ji ji ji .. whats nice is that i am learning about my condition thank you for uploading….. .lol

  13. Since the late 90's I can be the same room with strawberries, or I will feeling lightheaded and dizzy.

  14. Theory is full of holes, thats why there has been no advancement in prevention, management and cure. Tests are unreliable precisely because it relies on this theory. All tests can be normal, exposure to allergens, can cause anapphylaxis recurrent, whilst in others not. Sadly, the medical community continues to rely on skewed theories. Medical text books and guidelines are just that, guidelines. Whats happening out there is a very different story.

  15. Sad to say I do have food allergies and atleast every year I've been hospitalized twice due to accidental exposure… 😞

  16. My 17 year old avoided all nuts and was given an epi pen since little as he vomited after hazelnut. Now they give him a blood test and find out it's walnuts and cashew are the worst and he can eat peanuts – but he's still confused as to when to administer epi pen as doctors say vomiting and looking pale isn't serious – so I've always given allergy syrup – but on the epi pen site it says administer pen for vomiting?

  17. I have sweats allergies but it happens when i stop for a long time going to the Gym when i go back it happens a few times then i am back normal

  18. But this doesn’t tell me why some people are allergic or not?

    Like people with food allergies are weaker? That their body can’t break some foods? IS THAT THE TRUE?

  19. It's mainly dairy, egg yolks & tree nuts for me. It doesn't affect my breathing that much but it triggers my eczema which can almost be as bad as the breathing

  20. Food allergies i would say is probaly genetic to as it runs in my family. My grandfather was allergic to prawns, My father is allergic to bananas, , my mother is allergic to crabsticks, me and a sister of mine are allergic to peanuts and one of my nephews is allergic to soya

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