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Treating Food Allergies in San Antonio, TX

If you suffer from food allergies, you aren't alone. Over 50 million Americans have some type of allergy, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies affect about 4 percent of adults, and 4 to 6 percent of children. Preventing allergic reactions from food allergies is critical. Food allergies can be life threatening if not treated or if left unknown. The Allergy Institute of San Antonio provides allergy testing for children and adults. We can let you know what foods you are allergic to, and a treatment plan to prevent an allergic reaction.

What are common food allergies?

When the immune system responds to an infection, it attempts to fight off the infection and protect you from harm. When an allergic reaction happens, think of it as a system overload. Your immune system can't handle the substance, and therefore triggers a full blown reaction. Many of us have discovered that we're sensitive to certain foods. They don't make us feel well, so we avoid them. That would be a mild allergic reaction to a food or substance. However, a severe allergic reaction needs to be taken care of right away. Don't underestimate your sensitivity to certain foods.

Here are the most common foods that account for many allergic reactions:
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Tree Nuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Shellfish

When should I see an allergy doctor?

Most allergic reactions occur after two hours of digestion. When you experience food allergies, the reaction can come on suddenly and be quite scary. We have divided this list into moderate and severe symptoms. If you are have a moderate reaction to a food, you should call our allergy doctor to schedule an appointment for allergy testing. This way, we'll be able to cross examine your food allergies and determine what foods you should stay away from. If you are having a severe allergic reaction, please call 911.

Moderate Food Allergy Symptoms:

-Shortness of breath
-Hives
-Wheezing
-Upset stomach
-Slight swelling of tongue

Severe Food Allergy Symptoms: (Please call 911!)

-Dizziness/faintness
-Pale or blue skin
-Weak pulse
-Collapse
-Inability to talk or breathe due to tongue and throat swelling
-Anaphylaxis

If you believe that you have food allergies, it's crucial that you come in for allergy testing. The allergy doctors at the Allergy Institute of San Antonio are board certified professionals, and can make a solid diagnosis. To schedule an appointment for allergy treatment, please call our allergy clinics phone number at 210-445-2000. Thank you!
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