Your immune system is essential for fighting off the dangerous foreign substances in the environment and keeping you from getting sick. In some cases, however, this complex system can become hypersensitive to agents in the environment that are not actually infectious or dangerous, such as pollen, dust mites, or food. This increased sensitivity can lead to a variety of frustrating symptoms, from hives to severe stomach pain. In some cases, allergic reactions can lead to anaphylaxis—a severe reaction that restricts the airway and requires emergency care.
Food allergies typically occur when the immune system becomes sensitive to a protein found in a food item. The foods that appear to be responsible for the majority of allergic reactions include cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, sesame seed, wheat (gluten), fish, shellfish, tree nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, and soy.
If you think that you may be allergic to a food item, there are ways that you can prevent any symptoms of allergic reaction. Avoid any food that may have your trigger as an additive ingredient. Read all food labels very carefully and be sure to speak with your server whenever you decide to eat out. If you share utensils during a meal, ensure that it is not contaminated with any allergens before using it. If your reaction to a food is a severe, anaphylactic-type reaction, consider wearing a medical alert bracelet to inform others and speak with your doctor about carrying a dose of epinephrine with you.
An allergic reaction to peanuts, eggs, or any other food item can affect children and adults alike. If you or a loved one is ever in need of emergency medical care, visit the experts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Our emergency room is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year to provide high-quality medical care when our Thousand Oaks community needs it most. Call us today for more information about our healthcare services: (877) 888-5746