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FOOD ALLERGY

FOOD ALLERGY

What is Food Allergy?

Food allergy is when a person’s immune system overreacts to a certain protein found in that particular food to which the person is allergic.

Food allergy is mostly seen in children or babies, but it can develop at any age group. The person may start reacting against certain food substance which he used to eat for years without any problem. Even little amounts of food to which the person is allergic are enough to cause a reaction in the patient.

 

Symptoms of Food Allergy

Symptoms of food allergy can be a part of any system of the body. Common symptoms are:

  • Vomiting with stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Wheezing
  • Repetitive cough
  • Shock or circulatory collapse
  • Tightness in the throat with hoarseness of voice
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Swelling of the tongue, affecting the ability to talk or breathe
  • Weak pulse
  • Pale or blue coloring of skin
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Swelling or puffiness of face

The symptoms of food allergy develop within few minutes once the person eats the food to which he is allergic. In rare cases, people develop symptoms after few hours of ingestion of the food substance. This delayed reaction is seen usually in children.

 

Causes of Food Allergy

Risk factors:

Common foods to which most of the people are allergic are:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat
  • Tree nuts
  • Soy
  • Fruit and vegetable pollen

 

Diagnosis of Food Allergy

The diagnosis of food allergy can be made by asking for proper history and carrying out certain tests to confirm it.

The questions that can be asked to elicit proper history from the patient are:

  • What and how much quantity of food he ate?
  • How much time did it take for the symptoms to develop?
  • Description of the symptoms and how long did they last?

Tests that can be carried out to confirm the diagnosis of food allergy is:

 

Skin-prick test

A Little amount of food allergen in applied over the skin of an arm or on the back. A small prick is made under the skin where the allergen is applied so that it penetrates the skin and goes in. the area is checked after about 15-20 minutes. If there is redness, itching or a bump produced over the area, it is considered as a positive reaction and the person is considered to be allergic to that particular food

 

Blood test

A blood test is done to check for the antibodies which are present against the food allergen.

 

Self help

  • Avoiding the food that causes a problem.
  • Reading the ingredients of a food item that is purchased from outside.
  • Knowing the alternative names of the food to which the person is allergic so that he doesn’t consume it when it is listed with some other name.

 

Homoeopathic Management of Food Allergy

Homoeopathic Medicines will help the patient to overcome the food allergies by improving the immune system of the patient and treating the underlying cause.

Lycopodium Clava tum

  • discomfort and indigestion from intolerance to onions and garlic, with bloating around the waist and gas.
  • Excessive Flatulence
  • Complaints worse from 4 to 8 pm
  • Constipation with Hard difficult stool
  • Desire hot drinks and food, sweets
  • Irritability contradiction

Nux vomica

  • relieves nausea and cramps from indigestion, especially after excessive eating of spicy food and drinking of alcohol.
  • Obstinate constipation with ineffectual urging, Unsatisfied stool
  • Bloatedness of abdomen
  • Desire for stimulants, spicy, fatty food
  • Chilly patient
  • Prolonged menses with dark blackish bleeding

Petroleum

  • relieve diarrhea after eating cabbage or sauerkraut, associated with a general feeling of cold, and hunger after bowel movements.
  • Strong aversion to fast food, meat; worse, eating cabbage.
  • Hunger, immediately after stool.
  • Nausea, with an accumulation of water in mouth.
  • Ravenous hunger. Must rise at night and eat (Perrin).
  • The odor of garlic.

Pulsatilla

  • relieves gastric discomfort caused by eating too much fatty food, cakes, and ice cream, with bloating
  • belching and slow digestion.
  • Suppressed, Irregular or late menses since puberty
  • Thirstless
  • Desires open air
  • Weeping tendency consolation

Antimonium corundum

  • relieves indigestion from eating too much, especially rich or acidic foods or cured meat.
  • relieved by applying heat to the abdomen.
  • Thick white coated tongue

Cinchona officinalis

  • relieve painless, but exhausting, diarrhea with bloating of the abdomen and foul-smelling gas.
  • Ill effects of tea.
  • Hungry without appetite.
  • Milk disagrees.
  • Hungry longing for food, which lies undigested.
  • Flatulence; belching of bitter fluid or regurgitation of food gives no relief
  • worse eating fruit. Hiccough. Bloatedness better by movement.

Kali dichromium

  • relieves indigestion, nausea, and vomiting from intolerance to beer.
  • The desire for beer and acids.
  • Gastric symptoms are relieved after eating, and the rheumatic symptoms reappear. Vomiting of bright yellow water.
  • Round ulcer of the stomach.
  • Nausea and vomiting after beer. Load immediately after eating. Feels as if digestion had stopped.

Phosphorus

  • Tall thin individual oversensitive to external impressions
  • Throws up ingesta by the mouthfuls. Vomiting; water is thrown up as soon as it gets warm in the stomach. Postoperative vomiting
  • Chronic diarrhea, profuse offensive stool with debility
  • Feels hungry soon after eating
  • Craves cold drinks, ice cream, meat, salt
  • Bad effects of eating too much salt.
  • Sour taste and sour eructations after every meal. Belching large quantities of wind, after eating.

Arsenic Album

  • night  warmth
  • Thirst: Sip by sip
  • Chilly Patient
  • Mid Day Mid night aggravation
  • Cannot bear the sight or smell of food.
  • Nausea, retching, vomiting, after eating or drinking. Anxiety in the pit of the stomach.
  • Burning pain. Craves acids and coffee.
  • Long-lasting eructations. Vomiting of blood, bile, green mucus, or brown-black mixed with blood.
  • Ill effects of vegetable diet, melons, and watery fruits generally. Craves milk.