food allergy

What is a Food Allergy?

A food allergy is “an adverse health affect arising from a specific immune response that occurs reproducibly on exposure to a given food” (National Inst of Allergy and Infectious Disease).  Dr. Soteres explains it like this, “Your favorite thing about your immune system is that it protects you.  But one of the most amazing things the immune system does is remember.  Your body can remember infections like chicken pox so that you don’t get it again.  Vaccines work by tapping into this ability as well.  The immune system’s memory is mediated by Immunoglobulins.  In the case of allergy, Immunoglobulin E (aka IgE) remembers a food protein and attacks it.

General Information

Food allergies affect approximately 5% of adults and 8% of children in the United States.

Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children. Being informed about food allergies, hidden triggers/sources, and treatment approaches is a key to living well with food allergies for our patients in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Canyon City, and other southern Colorado communities.

Success diagnosing and treating Food Allergy requires a personalized approach.  At The Food Allergy Center of Asthma & Allergy Associates, PC in Colorado Springs, you can have that.  We have board-certified doctors, qualified nursing staff and a nutritionist to come up with the best plan for your food allergy treatment in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Canyon City, and surrounding communities.

Most Common Food Allergens?

Any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction, but eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions in the United States. These foods are:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

The incidence of sesame seed allergy is rapidly increasing.   However, at Asthma & Allergy Associates in Colorado Springs we have identified food allergies to many different triggers.

Remember any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction.