Eight foods account for 90% of food allergies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These foods are soy, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat, peanuts, and other tree nuts. Allergic reaction can be mild to severe. Mild symptoms include hives, stomach pain, sneezing, diarrhea, and more. People with severe symptoms may have trouble swallowing, experience shortness of breath, lose consciousness, and more. Mild and severe symptoms can occur at the same time.
More about food allergies:
- According to a School Health Policies and Programs study in 2006, 88% of schools had children with a food allergy.
- Suspected food allergies should not be self-diagnosed, especially with children, as it can cause unnecessary dietary restrictions. Food allergies can be diagnosed by an allergist through a wither blood test, skin prick test, or trial elimination.
- Anaphylaxis occurs in severe allergic reactions. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include difficulty breathing, swollen lips, vomiting, and reduced blood pressure.