8 Most Common Food Allergies

allergy foodIf you are allergic to a specific food, your body thinks that food is something that could make you sick. Therefore, when you eat that food, your body’s defense system tries to protect you. Food allergies may result in a mild skin rash or itchy eyes. For some people, it can leave them gasping for breath. It’s extremely important to identify any food allergies you or your child has to avoid serious symptoms.

What Foods Cause Allergies?

There are eight foods that cause about 90% of food allergies. These foods are:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, brazil nuts and pecans
  • Soy
  • Wheat and other grains, which can include gluten
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Symptoms of Food Allergies

An allergic reaction to food can happen as quickly as minutes after the food’s been eaten and up to hours later. Those experiencing a food allergy can experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, dry or itchy skin rash
  • Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing or a dry cough
  • Itchy, water, red eyes
  • Itchy mouth or inside of ear
  • Funny taste in the mouth
  • Upset stomach, cramps, vomiting or diarrhea

Severe reactions, which are most commonly linked to peanut, nut, fish and shellfish allergies, can include the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swollen lips, tongue or throat
  • Feeling weak, confused or passing out
  • Chest pain or an uneven heartbeat

Looking for Hidden Triggers

Those who’ve recently developed a food allergy (or even those who’ve suffered for awhile) can find it difficult to identify what foods to avoid. The following foods can often include ingredients that may trigger an allergy:

  • Baked goods, such as cakes and cookies
  • Water-packed tuna
  • Salad dressing
  • Hot dogs

If you believe you’re suffering from a food allergy, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Signs and Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

AllergySeasonal allergies affect more than 67 million people. If you’re one of these people, you know how miserable allergy symptoms can be. Allergies are defined as a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance, also known as an allergen, forcing the immune system to overreact. Knowing the signs of allergies is crucial to treating them quickly.

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

There are a number of symptoms linked to seasonal allergies that can be experienced in a combination of ways. These symptoms include:

  • sneezing
  • wheezing
  • nasal congestion
  • coughing
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • itchy throat
  • stomach ache
  • itchy skin
  • hives
  • fatigue
  • irritability

How Are Seasonal Allergies Diagnosed?

Most often, a skin test is used to identify specific allergies. Scratching the skin so a doctor can observe your body’s reaction to each allergen, the skin test could help prevent a future allergic reaction which could be life threatening.

Seeking Relief For Seasonal Allergies

While it may not be possible to completely prevent seasonal allergies, there are a number of things you can do to seek relief during their peak. First off, know your allergy triggers (this can be done through the skin test). Secondly, see your doctor or an allergist for a prescription. Antihistamines can help prevent more histamine, a chemical that is released when you’re experiencing an allergic reaction, from being released. He or she will likely recommend a nasal spray as well, which can help reduce the inflammation in the lining of the nose. Finally, it’s a good idea to check pollen counts any time you plan to travel. Typically, pollen counts are lower near the ocean or bays.

If you believe you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

7 Ways to Treat Indigestion

Woman Has Stomach Ache Sitting on Bench at ParkMany people look at indigestion as something that happens when eating too much food or eating food that is high in fat and difficult to digest. But the truth is indigestion can be symptomatic of an underlying problem, like ulcers, gallbladder disease or a reflux disease. It’s important to identify if you’re suffering from indigestion and, if so, what may be causing it.

Symptoms of Indigestion

  • Bloating of the stomach
  • Gas and belching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme fullness during or after a meal
  • Burning in your stomach
  • Belly pain

If you’re feeling stressed, it may exacerbate symptoms. Also, some people may experience heartburn along with indigestion, caused by stomach acids rising into the esophagus.

Causes of Indigestion

While lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking or eating too fast) can cause indigestion, it is often caused by an underlying condition. Diseases such as irritable bowl syndrome, thyroid disease, pancreatitis, GERD and ulcers are often responsible for indigestion. Medications can play a role in causing indigestion as well. If you’re taking aspirin, birth control pills, steroid medications, antibiotics or thyroid medicines and frequently experience indigestion, it’s worth asking your doctor if the two may be linked.

Treating Indigestion

Some people may not require treatment at all as indigestion often goes away on its own in a matter of hours. However, if symptoms get worse, it’s a good idea to try a few things that may prevent indigestion or at least help treat the symptoms:

  • Avoid eating late at night
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Drink beverages after meals instead of during them
  • Try not to chew with your mouth open as this causes you to swallow too much air, adding to indigestion
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid drinking alcohol
  • If the above changes don’t help, talk to your doctor about altering your medication

If you believe you’re suffering from chronic indigestion, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.