Allergies are a common occurrence and many people all over the world have had an allergic reaction as a result of exposure to a stimulus at one time or another. An allergy is a reaction by the body’s immune system to a substance or substances in the environment that are usually harmless. It occurs as a result of inhalation, ingestion or contact with the skin. Allergies interfere with our lives because of the discomfort and distress they cause us which can be quite frustrating. Allergic reactions range from mild to severe. Some require immediate medical attention while others require that you minimize contact with the stimulus. If you are prone to allergies or know someone who is, please take a moment and have a look at the causes and why they can sometimes be annoying.
#1 – The Food You Eat
A balanced diet consisting of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables is a requirement for a healthy lifestyle. Some of the food you love so much may be the cause of your allergies. Avoiding them can be difficult especially if you have incorporated the variety in your diet for a long time. Consumption of protein is a major cause of food allergies in some people and these may include eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, nuts and soya. Other types of food that may cause food allergies include barley, oats, maize, rice, sesame, peas and wheat.
You will normally get an allergic reaction within a few minutes of eating the suspected food. You may experience vomiting, diarrhea, hives, a swollen mouth and breathing problems. As much as it would be important to identify and avoid the particular food groups that you are allergic to, it would also help to find substitutes to ensure that you do not suffer from malnutrition. If the allergic reactions are severe, you may require an epinephrine injection and emergency medical treatment.