Thursday, January 30, 2014

What You Should Know About Food Allergies

Assortment of breads

There is a popular misconception that allergy symptoms only cause such effects as skin rashes, hay fever, asthma, or gastrointestinal symptoms. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Different allergens have different & unique target organs with symptoms varying from individual to individual but usually specific & repeatable in a given person.  Wheat may give me muscle pain, eggs may fatigue me, milk may give a headache.  Whereas wheat may give you an upset stomach, eggs may agitate you, & milk may depress you, & so on.

The following symptoms not clearly caused by another specific illness can be caused by foods, chemicals in foods or the air, other inhalants, or chemicals naturally occurring in our bodies.  You may be surprised at the extent of possible symptoms.

Headache, neckache, fullness, pressure or tightness in the head, dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, blackout.                                             
Eyes & Ears:
Sneezing, runny or stuffy nose; puffy, watery,nose, throat: or itchy eyes, blurred vision, excessive mucous formation; ringing, popping or fullness in the ears, fluid in the  middle ear, earache, hearing loss; sore throat, hoarse, weak voice, gagging, itching in the roof of the mouth, difficulty swallowing, canker sores, excessive thirst, frequent yawning, sinusitis,increased sensitivity to light & sound.
Lungs, heart:
Coughing, wheezing, reduced air flow, tight congested feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid pulse, palpitations, heart irregularities, sudden changes in blood pressure.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating after meals, belching, passing gas, feeling of fullness in the stomach long after finishing a meal, abdominal pains or cramps.
Hives, rashes, eczema, itching, sweating, flushing, chilly, cold or hot flashes.
Insomnia.Chronic fatigue, faintness,clumsiness, excessive drowsiness or sleepiness soon after eating, muscle pains, cramps, spasms, weakness, twitching, jerking, or tics, joint aches, warmth, or redness, backache, neuralgia, swelling of the hands or feet, urinary frequncy or urgency, vaginal itching, excessive hunger or binge eating.
Emotional instability or hypersensitivity, crying jags, stuttering, excessive daydreaming, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, withdrawn, listless, seizures, aggressive behavior, anger, irritability, hyperactivity, silly, tense, restless, excited, agitated, learning problems, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, poor comprehension, confusion, impaired attention, Obsessive thoughts, compulsive behavior feelings of unreality, disorientaion, false beliefs or delusions, hallucinations, suicidal, feel like hurting self.
If you have a number of these symptoms previously unexplained, you may be having reactions to foods.

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