Schertz, Live Oak, New Braunfels & Neighborhood Food Allergy Treatment.

What is a Food Allergy?

A food allergy is when your immune system overreacts to a particular protein found in a particular food. Symptoms can occur when coming in contact with just a small amount of the food. Unlike other types of food disorders, such as intolerances, food allergies are “IgE mediated.” This means that your immune system produces abnormally large amounts of an antibody called immunoglobulin E or IgE for short. IgE antibodies fight the “enemy” food allergens by releasing histamine and other chemicals, which trigger the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Food allergy is a serious medical condition that affects up to 15 million people in the United States and affecting 1 in every 13 children.

Although any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction, only eight foods account for 90% of all food allergic reactions in the United States. These eight foods are: cow’s milk, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat.

The foods most associated with food allergy in children are cow’s milk, eggs and peanuts. Children may outgrow their allergic reactions to milk and to eggs, where peanut and tree nut allergies are more likely to persist.

The most common food allergens in adults are fruit and vegetable pollen (oral allergy syndrome), peanuts and tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

What are the Symptoms?

Allergic reactions to food normally occur within minutes of eating the trigger food, though they can sometimes appear a few hours later. Symptoms of a food allergy include:

• Hives or red, itchy skin

• Stuffy or itchy nose, sneezing or itchy teary eyes

• Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps or diarrhea

In some cases, food allergies can cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Signs of this reaction include:

• Angioedema or swelling

• Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat

• Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness or trouble breathing

• Tingling in the hands, feet, lips or scalp

• Weak pulse, dizziness, loss of consciousness

In some very rare cases, the reaction may be delayed by four to six hours or even longer.

Patient Resources.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) for patient support.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has a link to “The Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers”.

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

To find out more information about our food allergy treatment options, please contact one of our offices at:

  • New Braunfels office (830) 625-7612
  • Live Oak office (210) 654-0944

Why Choose Us?

  • 15 Years of Experience
  • Cutting Edge Diagnostics
  • Two Convenient Locations
  • Care for Patients of All Ages
  • Board Certified in Allergy-Immunology
  • National Training With a Neighborhood Feel
  • Advanced Immunotherapy Options to Fit Every Patient