food allergy

Symptoms of Food Allergies

In the U.S., food allergy symptoms send someone to the emergency room every three minutes.

An allergic reaction to food can affect the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, and, in the most serious cases, the cardiovascular system.

The symptoms may be:

  • An itchy rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or mouth
  • Diarrhea/vomiting
  • As well as other symptoms

Food allergic reactions can be life threatening when a condition called anaphylaxis occurs.  *If you believe you, or someone you know, is experiencing anaphylaxis administer epinephrine and call 911 immediately.

Other milder allergic reactions occur, such as:

  • An eczema flare up
  • Itchy skin
  • A few hives
  • Watering/redness of the eyes
  • Itchy ears
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
Daniel Soteres M.D., MPH

Dr. Soteres’ daughter had her first food allergy reaction was an egg allergen which presented itself as, what she described, as ear pain.  Within 30 seconds of eating some sunny-side up eggs, she was complaining of severe ear pain.  He did not know she was allergic to eggs for another 9 months, until she had a more severe reaction!

See the Official Asthma and Allergy Associates Blog for more information. Call us today or use our website form to schedule a food allergy symptom testing appointment in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, or Canyon City.