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Avi Medical helps you with a food allergy

Whether nausea, itching or headaches: A food allergy is shown by a wide variety of symptoms and in the worst case scenario can be life-threatening. Early diagnosis and targeted treatment of this condition are important for you Health is therefore crucial. Our experienced doctors at Avi Medical will accompany you at all our locations.

What is a food allergy?

The clinical picture of food allergy refers to unfounded defensive reactions of the body for supposedly dangerous, foreign particles. An allergy differs in this respect from intolerance, in which the body fails to process certain substances such as gluten or lactose due to a lack of enzymes. 

Food allergy particularly often affects women and children and is divided into two classes. Class 1: It refers to a individual allergy to certain individual food components (e.g. protein, peanuts and soy in children, fish and wheat in adults) . Class 2 food allergy is a so-called cross allergy and occurs in people who already suffer from a other allergy - such as a pollen allergy. In this case, the body suddenly marks certain foods that are structurally similar to other allergens (such as pollen) as allergens as well. This is how one allergy turns into two in those affected.

A food allergy can also be a type 1 or type IV allergy. Type 1 (immediate type) shows immediate symptoms. In the Type IV variant (late type), however, these appear one to two days after the body has had contact with the allergen.  

When does my reaction become a food allergy?

A so-called  is used to diagnose a food allergy strong Elimination diet. As part of this potentially affected people avoid a certain food or a Dietary componentl at least a month. If the individual symptomsimprove during this periodand worsen immediatelyafter re-consumption of the potential allergens, it ismost likely a food allergy. In particularly severe cases of food allergies, simply bringing the allergen (such as a peanut) to your mouth is enough to cause symptoms and thus diagnose an allergy.  

What are the triggers of a food allergy?

Possible triggers of a food allergy are in principle every foodand every food component. The most common allergens include cow's milk, wheat and nuts.

What are they Symptoms of a food allergy?

In contrast to pollen-, house dust-, or Animal hair allergy When it comes to food allergy, more than just the external respiratory system is affected. Thetypical symptoms include:

  • Skin changes such as itching, redness or hives
  • Disturbances of the digestive system such as canker sores, swelling or a furry feeling in the mouth, as well as vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation
  • Sniffles 
  • Sneezing  ;
  • Complications of the cardiovascular system such as a drop in blood pressure accompanied by an accelerated heartbeat, anaphylactic shock or loss of consciousness
  • Complications of the nervous system such as headaches, restlessness or seizures