Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Myths of Allergy

Myth 1: "Any reaction to food is an allergy."
First thing to consider about is the difference between what they call "food intolerance" and "allergic reaction."
Allergic reactions shortly occurs after eating, generally between 2 minutes to 2 hours, regardless of whether how small or large amount of food you have eaten. Food intolerances on the other hand, is caused by a wide variety of symptoms, such as headaches, or gastrointestinal problems like bloating, nausea, gas or loose stools.

It is of vital importance to know whether you have the real allergy or just a food intolerance. Having a simple reaction to a certain food like digestive issues doesn't always mean an allergy. Instead, see your doctor ASAP. He can figure out whether you need to see an allergist for further testing.

Myth 2: "A positive allergy test means you're definitely allergic."
A negative skin/blood test rules out nearly all food allergies but positive tests are less than 50% accurate, said the experts.
Best thing to do is to also undergo thorough physical exam and have a full medical and family history including the traditional skin/blood tests because many food allergies often run in the family.

Myth 3: Once you have an allergy, you will have it for life."
Here's some good news! According to a research, 85% of children will eventually outgrow their allergies to milk, egg, and nearly all of them outgrow allergies to wheat and soy. But if you develop an allergy to a food during your teen or adult years, that is more likely with you to stay.

Myth 4: "What you eat can give you/your kids food allergies."
Some mothers blame themselves for causing an allergy to their kids because she ate too much peanut butter while she was pregnant or nursing. These beliefs seem to be shaky. According to many experts, the opposite maybe true that feeding your baby small amounts of higly allergenic foods like peanuts at an early age may actually encourage tolerance an an effective way to help ward off future food allergies in the future.

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