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The Top 8 Food Allergies & Signs You’re Allergic

food-allergies-peanutsImagine sitting down to lunch at your kitchen table with your favorite- a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. About three bites through your sandwich, your throat starts feeling scratchy and tight. Your arms and face begin breaking out in hives and eyes begin to swell.

Sounds intense, right? This scenario is unfortunately all too common for people living with a peanut allergy, one of the most severe food allergies, in addition to 7 other common food allergies that top the list.

According to research done by FARE: Food Allergy Research & Education, it’s estimated that there are almost 15 million Americans that are forced to live with common moderate to severe food allergies.

Symptoms for food allergies can vary greatly depending on the individual, and as a result the symptoms and treatment avenues can vary just as broadly. Therefore, it is important to speak with your doctor if allergies are a concern. Modern symptoms of common food allergies can present themselves in a variety of ways involving one or a combination of symptoms including: Hives or red spots; throat tightness; wheezing or hoarse speaking; stomachache; nausea or diarrhea; eyes that are severely itchy or watering; swelling of the body; severe dizziness or fainting from a sudden drop in blood pressure; rash around the mouth (common for a milk allergy); or vomiting.

Of the many food allergies that are floating around, there are 8 specific food items that are increasingly common. These top 8 are currently placed with allergen warnings on nutritional labels of packaged foods to let the consumer know that the product may be unfit for their consumption due to an allergy. These top 8 include:

  • Peanuts

  • Tree Nuts

  • Milk

  • Egg

  • Wheat

  • Soy

  • Fish

  • Shellfish

According to FARE, these 8 most common food allergies are responsible for the majority of all major food allergy incidents. It is important to remember that these 8 food allergies are not the ONLY allergies that exist, ultimately a person can be allergic to almost anything. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on a mild-moderate or severe level, talk to you doctor about allergen testing and/or the possibility of being prescribed an EpiPen in case of an anaphylactic emergency.


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  1. September 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    There are tons of different food allergies. Definitely have to be careful.

  2. September 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Food allergies are very scary. Good points to look for.

  3. September 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Whoa there is a lot out there. Hope I don’t eat something I’m allergic too.

  4. September 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I don’t understand how these develop, and they are very serious.

  5. September 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I can’t stress enough how children need to be tested for food allergies because they are the most unsupervised out of all of us. Adult or kid, people need to know before it’s too late.

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