When you have a food allergy, your body experiences an immune system reaction shortly after eating a particular food. For some people, this causes uncomfortable physical symptoms. For others, the allergic reaction is much more severe and can result in death.
According to recent estimates, food allergy affects three percent of adults and up to eight percent of children under the age of three. Most children outgrow these allergies, but sometimes they don’t. There’s also the possibility that food allergies can develop later in life.
Read on for 13 of the most common food allergies…
Peanut allergy is common. In fact, peanuts (which technically aren’t nuts) are one of the top allergy-causing foods, producing reactions that can range from mildly irritating to severe and life threatening.
Symptoms of peanut allergy include itching, hives, sneezing, and abdominal pain. If anaphylaxis occurs, then there may be dizziness, throat swelling, shortness of breath, etc. Anaphylaxis can cause death.