A food allergy is a severe condition and should never be self-diagnosed. Simply avoiding the food you suspect may be causing a reaction could lead to more serious issues such as malnutrition. That's why if you suspect that you may have a food allergy, the first step is to seek the advice of a qualified professional.
There are several key symptoms that are associated with a food allergy. It's important for you to keep a log of any of them you or your child may be experiencing, as well as the foods that were being eaten when the symptoms occurred. Here are just a few of the most common:
No single test is enough to accurately determine if you have a food allergy, so your doctor will likely use several methods before making a diagnosis:
The most obvious treatment for food allergies is to avoid any food that has been proven to cause an allergic reaction. No matter how careful you are though, accidents could occur which may require an over-the-counter remedy, or in extreme cases, a visit to the emergency room.