How a Food Allergy is Diagnosed

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Elizabeth Beasley    

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If you think you may have a food allergy, it’s important that you get diagnosed because the allergic reactions can be life-threatening. Food allergies and food intolerances may have some similar symptoms, but the differences have a big impact. Food intolerances cause minor digestive problems like gas or bloating. On the other hand, food allergies trigger a response in the immune system that can cause severe symptoms like difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness. That’s why it’s essential to know if you’re dealing with an intolerance or an actual allergy.

Food allergies can develop at any time in your life. Some children with food allergies grow out of them, while adults who never had allergies may develop them later in life. No matter your situation, it’s important to find out exactly what’s causing your allergic reaction so you can eliminate that food from your diet and protect your health.

Anaphylaxis can be frightening, but being prepared will help you feel empowered to prevent a dangerous allergic reaction. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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