Food Allergy Treatment
Fighting Off Food Allergy Reactions
Allergies to food are commonly dealt with by the avoidance of the
allergy-causing food. When the allergen (the one that causes allergic
reactions) has been recognized, the patient is then advised to
eliminate it from his or her diet. This is achieved by revolutionizing
the food prepared and reading carefully food labels on food products. A
specific instruction when ordering food also helps avoid allergic
mishaps when eating out.
All this cautiousness is due to the fact that there are individuals out
there that are highly allergic in which even a tiny amount of allergens
can cause major symptoms. Plus, there are also food preparations that
contain some common food allergens which the average person would not
usually link together.
To prevent exposure to foods that you may be allergic with,
self-awareness is very important. You should know the food culprits
that are causing these uncomfortable reactions. Knowledge can help you
and your physician in formulating a management plan for your allergy.
You should also make it a routine to scrutinize food labels when
checking for possible food allergens included in the ingredients.
During eat outs, do not hesitate inquiring about the ingredients of the
meal you are planning to order.
Another precautionary measure, especially for those who manifest severe
allergic symptoms when exposed to a food allergen, is the wearing of
necklaces or bracelets provided by a medical institution to alert other
people about your allergies in case of an accident, for example, to a
state of unconsciousness.
Patients are also advised to constantly bring with them epinephrine
self-injectibles which are prescribed by their physicians. Their
physicians will instruct them how to self-administer the medication
during an episode of allergic reaction.
If symptoms seem to be getting intense, emergency medics should be
called to help transport the individual to the nearest hospital. Severe
and sudden allergic reactions are also called anaphylactic reactions.
Anaphylaxis may be fatal if not treated quickly.
Other than epinephrine injections, there are still other medications
that can be prescribed by the physician to deal with allergic reactions
to food. These medications would include bronchodilators,
antihistamines, corticosteroids, and adrenergic agonists.
Bronchodilators relieve symptoms that are associated with difficulty of
breathing. It basically dilates the bronchial air passageways of the
respiratory tract that have become inflamed due to the allergic
reaction which eventually helps the patient breathe normally. Highly
allergy-sensitive individuals should carry with them fast-acting
bronchodilators if they also experience asthmatic attacks from time to
time that may be triggered by the allergic reaction.
Antihistamines alleviate symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, hives,
rashes, and gastrointestinal discomforts. And corticosteroids lessen
the severity of skin irritations and other inflammation caused by the
allergic reaction. Antihistamines can be available in syrup or chewable
tablet for easy access when a sudden allergic episode occurs.
Adrenergic agonists are utilized during emergency treatment for
anaphylactic reactions. Results are immediate and highly effective.
Adrenergic agonists typically alleviate symptoms of angioedema,
cardiovascular collapse, bronchospasm, and hives.
In addition to medications that fight off symptoms of food allergies,
there are treatments that are causing quite a stir in the medical world
although there are not enough studies that have been conducted to prove
that these treatments are effective.
One these revolutionary treatments includes the desensitization of the
patient by administering injections of small amounts of the food
allergen on a regular basis. This treatment claims that it can
eventually make the patient endure the food allergen in the long run.
Another is the introduction of a diluted substance that contains the
food allergen underneath the tongue thirty minutes before the actual
food intake. This treatment works in a way that it will defuse the
symptomatic manifestations of the consumed food allergen.
Lastly, bear in mind that there is no cure to food allergies. All the
aforementioned are only there to help alleviate the symptoms of