Allergies and intolerances don’t always follow — rarely, actually — a plan when it comes to how they interact with your body and its weaknesses. As such, problems such as allergies arise, and you may not even know it. Whether it’s with yourself or a child, we understand it can be a scary time when it comes to determining what it is that is happening. That’s why this blog post is going to help you determine just what you need to know about food allergies, and whether or not you need an allergy test.
Common signs of a food allergy:
Here are some of the most common signs of a food allergy that you can keep assess in your day to day life when it comes to the suspected food. Remember that this is just some of the most common signs and doesn’t necessarily account for all of the possible reactions and their strengths with an allergy.
- Severe aversion to a food for no reason: A mild food allergy can often manifest in a strong distaste for a food without a clear reason. For instance, for someone who is put-off by the scent of peanut butter or seafood, it could be a sign that they are actually mildly allergic to it. This can be hard to distinguish, particularly with kids who often simply “don’t like” something with no clear reason. Just further proof to get an allergy test, as sometimes it really is more than just a temper tantrum.
- Slight discomfort after eating: Whether their mouth feels weird, their stomach is upset, or they feel mentally foggy, feeling sick or uncomfortable after eating something is a sign that it might be an allergic reaction. For some, it even brings a fever or other symptoms that can mimic the flu.
- Reaction regardless to amount: If someone reactions to the food in question regardless of how much of it they eat (for example, a bite instead of a full meal’s worth), this is another sign that they are having an allergic reaction. A distaste or an intolerance would be directly related to the amount eaten.
What should I do… allergy test?
Regardless of whether you meet any or all of these common signs, keep in mind that “common” implies there are more reaction possibilities out there. If you have a suspicion that you might be dealing with a food allergy — even a mild one — the only actual way to know is to get an allergy test. This isn’t something that you want to think about or debate over. Getting an allergy test is important if you have any kind of suspicions or not. Better safe than sorry, because allergic reactions can often escalate with no warning. For example, mouth tingling can grow into full blown anaphylaxis in the blink of an eye.
Regardless of whether or not you think allergy testing is crucial or not, it’s a good idea to seriously consider it if you or someone you know has any concerns over food in their lives. It could just be the life-saving test that you need. Better to know before than after you need it, right?
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