Redness, itchy eyes and nose, hives and rashes are just some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to pinpoint what your allergic trigger or triggers are. If you think you or your loved ones may be suffering from an unknown allergy, it’s important to be educated on allergies and what can be done to alleviate the symptoms.
1. Tree Nuts & Peanuts
Nuts and seeds that come from trees are macadamias, pistachios and pine nuts. Just because someone has an allergy to tree nuts doesn’t necessarily mean they have an allergy to peanuts. However, the peanut allergy is very common. People with this allergy are advised to stay away from all tree nuts, oils and butters that may be cross-contaminated. Often times, once someone has an allergy to one kind of tree nut, they may develop others. This is why they are advised to stay away from all types of tree nuts. The worst reaction that can happen is anaphylactic shock.
Many children are allergic to eggs, but their allergy is often outgrown by the time they reach adulthood. A reaction can occur minutes or hours after eating eggs, so it may be difficult to know that eggs are the source. A reaction may come in the form of a rash, hives, vomiting or digestive problems. It is rare for a reaction to result in anaphylactic shock.
Shellfish are fish that include marine animals like crabs, oysters, lobsters and scallops. Because the allergy itself is from a certain protein found in shellfish, it is safest to stay away from all of them if the allergy is life-threatening.
Wheat is a common allergen today that the public seems to be a little more familiar with. Wheat itself has different proteins and it’s these proteins that many people’s immune system has a reaction to. Although it is commonly misunderstood, a wheat allergy and Celiac Disease are completely different things. It is more common for children to have an allergy to wheat but less common for adults.
With people’s allergy or personal preference to abstain from cow’s milk, many have chosen soy as an alternative. However, soy is also a common allergen. A soy allergy is typically found in children, but can dissipate into adulthood. Soy can be found in products like chocolate, cereals and even meat products. It’s important to be aware of the need to read ingredients on every product if you have a soy allergen.