Food allergies cause a great deal of upset. From when these foods enter the mouth, you'll notice itching in the mouth and difficulty swallowing and breathing. If you're lucky, the symptoms stop there. If not, they go on to include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain, says MedicineNet. Now, food allergies have been linked to impaired growth in children! Here's how to find out if your children have a food allergy or not so you can avoid their food allergy triggers.
Many of us claim to be allergic to certain foods, but the truth is, we’re probably just experiencing food sensitivity.
“A true food allergy
causes an immune system
reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. In some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening,” explains the allergy specialist, Dr Li James on the Mayo Clinic website
So if your reaction isn’t quite as intense as this, you might just have a food sensitivity.
Best you check quickly, as USHealthNews
reports that food allergies
now also lead to impaired growth in children.
Find out if you or your children have a food allergy without paying for an allergy screening!
Dr Wright suggests two ways to test if you have a food allergy
or not in Health Bytes
, which you can do in the comfort of your home.
The first method is the pulse test for food allergy.
Some allergic people have a significant increase in their resting pulse after eating a particular food allergen.
Here’s how your resting pulse indicated if you have a food allergy
Take your resting pulse just before — and again one hour after — your largest meal of the day, as well as an hour before and after eating anything you suspect you could be allergic to.
If your resting pulse increased by as much as 20 beats or more per minute each time you ate a specific meal or suspected food allergen, chances are you’re allergic to it.
Excess weight from fluid retention could be a sign of food allergy
Another test is to check whether eating certain allergy trigger foods causes fluid retention, which results in excess weight that doesn’t disappear by the next morning.
All you need to do to test for this is weigh yourself each morning and evening for a week.
If you put on up to 3 kilograms in one day, which persists for more than two days, you might indeed have some form of food allergy that you should have your doctor check with an allergy screening test, just to be on the safe side.
You’ll soon know exactly which food allergy triggers to avoid and be able to make sure your family stays healthy!