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.

4 Healthy Alternatives To Halloween Treats

Group of best friends at the Halloween party

Trick or treating is something kids look forward to each year. However, the high-calorie goodies and sugar-filled candies are unhealthy and contributing to the nation’s alarming childhood obesity rate. By finding alternatives to Halloween’s unhealthy treats, you may help persuade others to cut back on candy and sugary treats as well. Below are some great alternatives to hand out this Halloween.

  • Mini Popcorn Bags

Whether you make it at home or buy it at the store, popcorn is a great treat to hand out to trick or treaters. Most popcorn is low in calories, just be sure to steer clear of caramel popcorn or anything covered in cheese or butter.

  • Fruit Snacks

You can still satisfy the sweet tooth of trick or treaters while keeping the treat somewhat healthy. Organic fruit snacks are a great alternative to candy and, if you choose the right brand, you can find fruit snacks that are made with real fruit extracts and without artificial dyes.

  • Small Toys

If you want to stay away from food in general, consider handing out small, age-appropriate toys like spider rings, temporary tattoos, small coloring books and glow sticks. Kids will love having something to play with after the sugar rush has worn off!

  • Juice Boxes

Because kids are out trick or treating for hours at a time, it’s nice to hand out juice boxes for when they get thirsty. Parents will especially appreciate this gesture as it will help them avoid a trip back home to grab drinks!

Continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog for more healthy living tips and medical information.

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.