Food Allergy Cause
At War With Food: The Cause of Food Allergy
An allergy takes place when the immune system suddenly has an abnormal
response to a certain material that is usually not detrimental to most
individuals except those who have allergies. When an allergy is
triggered by a substance or allergen, a person’s body recognizes this
as a trespasser and subsequently releases chemicals to fight off the
“trespasser” causing symptoms that can range from a simple irritation
to a fatal reaction that may even lead to death.
Food allergy is a reaction made by the immune system in which
antibodies are produced by the body as a result of a negative effect to
some foods. Though there are many individuals who claim that they have
food allergies, there are only a few who really have certain allergic
reactions to food. Most people confuse food allergy with food
intolerance. Food intolerance and food allergy are both sensitivity
reactions to food, but intolerance to certain types of food does not
affect the immune system and isn’t really a life threatening incident.
As of the present time, the medical world still has not found any cure
for food allergies. Allergy management only involves the prevention of
intake of food allergens and some diet modifications.
Looking closely, during an allergic reaction, the body’s immune system
releases antibodies, specifically immunoglobulin E. It subsequently
causes the production of chemicals like histamine in the process of
“protecting” the body. Now, these chemicals are the root cause of
symptoms which may include an irritation in the eyes, skin, throat,
lungs, and the gastrointestinal organs. These takes place whenever the
individual is exposed to the allergen.
Although any type of food can cause allergic reactions to different
types of individuals, there are eight major foods out there that are
often the main culprits of an allergic reaction. These eight major
allergy-causing foods are: fish, soy, milk, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree
nuts, and shellfish.
By and large, individuals afflicted with allergies react only to some
allergy-causing foods. Sometimes, allergy to a certain type of food may
also cause allergic reaction to foods that may be related with the
allergen food. This incidence is known as cross-reaction. For instance,
an allergic reaction to wheat may also cause a reaction to rye. Allergy
to pollens subsequently causes an allergy to green apples, hazelnuts,
almonds, and peaches. A reaction to goat’s milk may also be associated
with an allergy to cow’s milk. And the list goes on and on.
Moreover, individuals who have been afflicted with asthma and/or eczema
may also be at risk of developing a food allergy. With bad luck, they
would probably have a reaction that is more severe than those people
who only have food allergy to worry about. This is due to the fact that
when an allergy takes place the person will be under stress which then
may lead to triggering their asthma and/or eczema which will aggravate
But the intensity of the reaction will depend on some circumstances
like the individual’s sensitivity threshold to the food allergen,
amount of eaten food, and the exposure scale the person has to the food.
Although, there is no cure to allergies, self-discipline and vigilance
will help you, the allergy-sufferer, overcome these food problems.
There may be some medications out there that alleviate the symptoms but
a consultation to the physician will give you a better understanding to
your allergy problems as well as treatment recommendations.