Food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks a food protein. Ingestion of the offending food may trigger the sudden release of chemicals, including histamine, resulting in symptoms of an allergic reaction. The symptoms may be mild (rashes, hives, itching, swelling, etc.) or severe (trouble breathing, wheezing, loss of consciousness, etc.). A food allergy can be potentially fatal. Click here for additional information on food allergies.
Food Allergy is a growing concern, especially when it is a child who is affected. In children, the most common food allergens are milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanuts and nuts. Adults who develop food allergies are more likely to be allergic to peanut, tree nut and seafood, especially shrimp.