Food Allergies PDF Print Write e-mail
“Food allergy” is a general term that describes an adverse reaction after consumption of a particular food. According to the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, a food allergy can result in one of following:
 
  • Food hypersensitivity: An abnormal response to food consumption. Symptoms can include rash, vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhea, sneezing, tearing, and coughing.
  • Food anaphylaxis: A life-threatening whole-body reaction to food consumption. Symptoms include:
  • Skin Gastrointestinal Respiratory Cardiovascular
    • Rash
    • Hives
    • Cramps
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Swelling of lips, tongue, throat
    • Tears
    • Sneezing
    • Coughing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Low blood pressure
    • Fainting
      Anaphylaxis must be treated with medication (epinephrine). If a child carries an EpiPen™, it should be administered immediately. Otherwise, 911 must be called.

      Common foods that trigger food allergies include: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, milk, and eggs.