Family Allergy & Asthma Center
Allergists & Immunologists located in Beaumont, TX
If you’re one of the 32 million Americans that have a bad reaction to certain foods, the staff at Family Allergy & Asthma Center in Beaumont, Texas, can help. Experienced allergist Russell K. Perry, MD, and the skilled medical team offer supervised allergy testing on-site to better understand what triggers your allergy. The team also customizes your treatment to prevent life-threatening health issues that result from severe allergic reactions. Schedule your evaluation for food allergies by calling Family Allergy & Asthma Center today or by requesting an appointment online now.
Food Allergies Q & A
What are food allergies?
Food allergies cause a physical reaction when you’re exposed to or consume certain foods. Your immune system creates a variety of symptoms in response to foods, which can develop in a few minutes or a few hours after exposure.
Allergies to foods develop because of dysfunction in your immune system, which causes it to mistakenly attack particular foods that are considered harmless to other people. Common foods that trigger allergic reactions include:
It’s possible to be allergic to any food, which makes food allergy diagnostics vital for preventing additional health complications.
What are the symptoms of food allergies?
Food allergies cause a variety of symptoms in people and can range from mild to life-threatening. After exposure to certain foods, you can experience:
- Itchy skin
- Abdominal pain
- Nasal congestion
- Watery, itchy eyes
Food allergies can also trigger a very serious reaction known as anaphylaxis. After contact with a food allergen, your throat and airways can swell up and make it difficult for you to breath.
You can also experience a loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis reactions need immediate medical treatment to prevent health complications, including death.
How are food allergies treated?
The Family Allergy & Asthma Center medical team treats your food allergies based on the results of a skin allergy test and blood work.
In some cases, you could be asked to eliminate certain foods from your diet then add them back in under the supervision of your health care provider.
If your food allergies are mild, you could benefit from an antihistamine to ease your symptoms. Your Family Allergy & Asthma Center specialist also works with you on necessary dietary changes to help you avoid foods that trigger allergic reactions.
If you have severe allergies or experience anaphylactic reactions to certain foods, your provider will also prescribe injectable epinephrine (adrenaline) to quickly reduce inflammation in your airways.
For help managing your food allergies, schedule a consultation at Family Allergies & Asthma Center today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.