Our Austin allergists diagnose and treat food allergies
Food allergies, which most commonly affect babies and children, can occur at any time during a person’s life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4-6% of children and about 4% of adults are affected by food allergies. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology states, “While allergies tend to run in families, it is impossible to predict whether a child will inherit a parent’s food allergy or whether siblings will have a similar condition.”
When a person has a severe reaction to an allergen, his or her body may release chemicals that cause them to have a reaction known as anaphylaxis. This occurs most frequently as a reaction to stings from insects, food allergies or allergies to latex or medications. If you or your family member experiences the following symptoms, call 911 immediately: problems with breathing, tightness in the throat, dizziness, fainting or rapid heartbeat.
Our Austin allergists are experienced and well-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies for every member of the family.
What occurs during a reaction to food allergies?
People can be allergic to any type of food, but the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology states that these eight foods account for approximately 90% of all allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.
The symptoms that result from food allergies range from mild to severe. Symptoms may affect:
- Skin—hives, eczema
- Gastrointestinal tract—vomiting, stomach cramps
- Respiratory system—wheezing, shortness of breath, a repetitive cough, swollen tongue, difficulty breathing and/or talking, tightness or hoarseness in the throat
- Cardiovascular system—weak pulse, shock, circulatory collapse
Most of the time, people will experience symptoms within the first two hours after they have eaten, but the reaction can also occur in a matter of minutes. Sometimes, it is delayed by four or more hours.
Food allergies are best diagnosed by a trained physician
Our Austin allergists can help determine which food triggers your allergic response by performing specialized tests such as skin-prick tests and blood tests, combined with your detailed medical history. They may also decide to order an oral food challenge, a test that should only be performed under medical supervision due to the risk of a severe reaction.
Once your food trigger(s) have been identified, our Austin allergists and professional staff will work with you to create a plan to help you cope with your food allergies in a safe and effective manner.
Our Austin allergists provide comprehensive care for your food allergies
Food allergies may be mildly irritating, or they may be very serious, but they are not something to take lightly. If you suspect you or a member of your family has food allergies, contact us to see our Austin allergists.