Food Allergies

It is important to distinguish between a food intolerance and a food allergy. As a food-intolerance reaction is often similar to a food-allergy reaction, people frequently confuse them. However, only a true food allergy causes an immune system reaction. Also, while food allergy symptoms can sometimes be severe or life-threatening, food intolerance is normally a mild reaction related to digestion.

Food allergy symptoms are most common in babies and children, but they can appear at any age. So you can develop an allergy to foods you have eaten for years with no problems. Similarly, children often outgrow allergies to egg, milk, soy and wheat.

While any food can cause an adverse reaction, eight types of food are thought to account for about 90% of all food allergies in the US: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, shellfish, wheat and fish. These foods, and any ingredient that contains protein derived from one or more of them, are designated as the major food allergens.

Food Allergy Treatment

While food allergy testing and subsequent avoidance of the allergen is the only way to avoid a reaction, there are some ground-breaking tests being done that well help in food allergy treatment in Dubai. Patches and oral doses are currently being trialed as a way of making sufferers less sensitive to food allergies. Our Allergy Specialists in Dubai can also advise you on the latest treatments to help alleviate the allergic reaction.

Types of Food Allergies