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Important Signs You May Have A Food Allergy

Food Allergy Awareness

May is food allergy month which means that it’s time to spread as much awareness about food allergies as possible. Did you know that at least 50 million Americans today are struggling with allergies? Additionally, most of the people suffering from allergies also struggle with asthma. What’s most shocking is the fact that there are still many people out there who could be struggling with an allergy without their knowledge. Are you one of them? Keep reading to find out.

Signs you may have a food allergy without knowing it

If you have never been diagnosed with allergies before, it can be difficult to identify an allergy attack right away. Luckily for you, we are spreading awareness about allergy infections during this food allergy month so that you can avoid suffering unnecessarily. Some of the subtle allergy signs you might be underestimating include:

Constant congestion

Do you have a nasal congestion that keeps recurring? If so, you could be having an allergy attack without knowing it. Congestion is the most overlooked allergy symptom yet it’s one of the biggest indicators of an allergy infection. Frequent congestion in young adults and kids should not be ignored because if left untreated, it could develop into allergic bronchitis, which increases the risk of developing asthma.

Therefore, if you have a congestion that keeps coming back, we recommend you book an appointment with us at Kratz Allergy & Asthma, so that we can check it out.

Cold and ear infection

Another allergy symptom you should be on the lookout for during this food allergy month is a persistent cold and ear infection. If your nose is chronically stuffed, it makes you more vulnerable to ear infections. Additionally, what could seem like a chronic sinus infection could in fact be a chronic allergic inflammation that is causing the nasal congestion.

Have you been having a recurring ear infection that is usually followed by congestion? Call us today to book an allergy test appointment.

Undiagnosed food allergy

If you have an undiagnosed food sensitivity or allergy, then you could be suffering allergy attacks without your knowledge. Food allergies in particular can lead to anaphylaxis, which can quickly turn life threatening without medical intervention.

During this food allergy month, food allergies are a trending topic in many health circles because there are many categories of food today e.g. dairy, legumes, and gluten. There is always something new to be on the lookout for. Although food allergies are frequent in children, it is possible to develop food allergies at any age.

The most common foods that may trigger an allergy at any age include:

  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Tree nuts
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Soy
  • Peanuts

Signs you could be developing a food allergy without your knowledge include:

  • An itchy or tingly mouth
  • Feeling nauseated or vomiting after a meal
  • Diarrhea or abdominal pain
  • Feeling light headed or dizzy
  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Skin rash

If you realize that you usually experience some of the above symptoms after taking a particular type of food, please visit us today for a check up to confirm whether you indeed have a food allergy.

10 Uncommon Allergies

Uncommon Allergies

10 Uncommon Allergies

We all know about seasonal allergies, nut allergies, pet allergies, and other prevalent allergy types. However, there are countless uncommon allergies that you may never have thought about, including:

1. Coconut

Though rare, coconut allergy is possible. While coconut falls under the FDA’s classification of a tree nut for labeling purposes, it’s not actually a tree nut. So, most people with tree nut allergies can eat coconut without experiencing allergy symptoms. However, people with a coconut allergy may experience itchiness in the mouth and, in very rare cases, anaphylaxis. A coconut allergy may also cause a skin reaction with the use of soaps, lotions, and personal care products that contain coconut.   Continue reading “10 Uncommon Allergies”

Everything You Need to Know About Peanut Allergies

Peanut AllergiesPeanuts are among the most common food allergies today. In fact, approximately 3 million Americans have an allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. 

If you or your child has peanut allergies, there are some important facts that you need to know. Here, we’ll discuss the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for peanut allergies to help keep you and your loved ones healthy. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Peanut Allergies”

Recognizing the Signs of Asthma in Your Child

AsthmaAsthma is a lung condition that commonly develops during childhood. In fact, about 1 in 12 children, aged 0 to 17 in the United States have asthma. 

As a parent, understanding the signs of asthma can help you identify the condition in your child and ensure that they receive the required care. Early detection and treatment can reduce symptoms and prevent the condition from inhibiting your child’s activities. Continue reading “Recognizing the Signs of Asthma in Your Child”

EpiPen 101

EpiPen An EpiPen is an epinephrine auto-injector. It’s widely used as an emergency treatment for anaphylaxis, which occurs with severe allergic reactions. Much like “Kleenex” or “Q-Tip”, EpiPen is the brand name for the device,  and it has become the main choice for epinephrine injectors. 

What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is life-threatening as it triggers the release of several chemicals from the immune system, which sends the body into shock. As a result, blood pressure plummets, and the airways become constricted and can ultimately obstruct breathing. When someone is experiencing anaphylaxis, they may have a fast, weak heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, and/or a rash on the skin.  Continue reading “EpiPen 101”

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance: What’s the Difference?

Food AllergyMany people confuse food allergies for food intolerances, and vice versa. Although these conditions both involve a physical reaction to certain foods, each is distinct and has its own set of symptoms. Understanding the difference between a food allergy and an intolerance can help you find the care that you need for either condition. 

What is a Food Allergy?

A food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system wrongly identifies a food as an invasive threat. As a result, the immune system tries to fight the food, leading to allergy symptoms. Continue reading “Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance: What’s the Difference?”

When Is it Time to See an Allergy Specialist?

Allergy SpecialistWhile mild hay fever can often be treated with at-home methods or over-the-counter allergy medications, many people suffer from allergies that require professional medical care. If you’re struggling from allergy symptoms that won’t go away on their own or with at-home care, it may be time to contact an allergy specialist

What is an Allergy Specialist?

An allergy specialist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of allergic conditions, including allergies and asthma. It takes many years of training to become a board-certified allergist like Dr. Jaime Kratz at Kratz Allergy & Asthma. Board-certified allergists are the most qualified physicians to treat patients suffering from allergic diseases and pinpoint allergy triggers.  Continue reading “When Is it Time to See an Allergy Specialist?”

Health Conditions That Mimic Asthma Symptoms

Asthma Symptoms

Health Conditions That Mimic Asthma Symptoms

Experiencing asthma symptoms doesn’t guarantee an asthma diagnosis. There are numerous health conditions that can mimic asthma by causing trouble breathing, coughing, and wheezing. 

Before assuming that you have asthma, visit a specialist like Dr. Jaime Kratz for an evaluation. Dr. Kratz can determine whether you’re suffering from asthma or a different health condition and ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment.  Continue reading “Health Conditions That Mimic Asthma Symptoms”

What is Chronic Rhinitis?

Chronic RhinitisChronic rhinitis is the term used to describe persistent inflammation in the nose’s inner lining. Rhinitis may be considered chronic if it lasts longer than four consecutive weeks, although it may last for months or even years in some individuals. This condition can be very uncomfortable, but maybe successfully treated with a proper diagnosis. 

What Causes Chronic Rhinitis?

In most cases, it can be caused by allergies. There are several allergens that can trigger rhinitis, such as pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander. It can also occur when patients have many different allergy triggers, making them difficult to avoid. However, many treatments are available for allergic rhinitis, including allergy shots Continue reading “What is Chronic Rhinitis?”

The Link Between Allergies and ADHD

ADHDMainly in children, studies have shown that allergy symptoms are linked to a higher risk of ADHD. Understanding this connection and ensuring that children receive the allergy treatment that they need can help preserve their long-term wellbeing. 

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This condition affects many adults, but is one of the most prevalent mental disorders among children. The main symptoms include hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. Continue reading “The Link Between Allergies and ADHD”