Food allergies occur when the body mistakes food for a harmful substance and prompts
an immune reaction. These reactions can range from mild discomfort to
a severe condition called anaphylactic shock, which requires prompt hospital
care to counteract. Allergists have identified several food allergies
that are common among both children and adults throughout the United States—keep
reading to learn more about some of these common allergies and their symptoms.
Peanut allergies are among the most common and most severe food allergies. These allergies
tend to persist past childhood and into adulthood, making constant vigilance
and knowledge of symptoms and treatment important for those who experience
an adverse reaction to peanuts. Exposure to peanuts can cause symptoms
that include a runny nose, hives, flushed or swollen skin, an itchy or
tingling mouth and throat, and diarrhea, abdominal cramps, or vomiting.
Severe reactions can cause tightness of the throat and wheezing or difficulty
breathing that should be treated at a hospital as soon as possible.
Wheat allergies are more common in children than adults; most individuals
will outgrow a wheat allergy, though some people do not. It’s important
to differentiate between wheat allergies and wheat intolerance, or celiac
disease. While celiac disease can cause severe complications and health
concerns over time, an acute wheat allergy will result in symptoms shortly
after eating wheat that may be mild or severe and life-threatening. These
symptoms include swelling of the mouth, nose, or throat, congestion, watery
eyes, skin hives, abdominal cramps or vomiting, and diarrhea. Anaphylaxis
due to wheat allergies can cause chest pain or tightness, trouble swallowing
or breathing, a rapid pulse, and dizziness or fainting.
At Riverside Community Hospital, our goal is to promote a healthier community
through education and personalized care at our hospital serving Riverside.
Our hospital services include emergency care, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and women’s
and children’s care. You can find out more about healthy eating
and how to treat allergic reactions on our website, or speak directly
with a registered nurse by calling (951) 788-3463.