Allergic reactions can be constant, seasonal, dietary, and even chemical in nature. Food allergies that crop up later in life can be particularly tough to pinpoint. Those without a genetic predisposition to specific allergies may be caught off guard when reactions appear, finding it difficult to identify their triggers at first. To avoid excessive itching, irritation, and swelling caused by your allergic triggers it’s important to run an allergy panel early on. At Marlowe & Marrs, we can provide you with the testing necessary to determine what your allergies are and how we can help you manage them.
Living With Food Allergies?
Food allergies, in particular, occur when the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein (an allergen) as a threat and attacks. This reaction causes a release of histamine and other chemicals that trigger an allergic reaction. Among children, common food allergies include:
- Tree nuts
Allergic Reactions to Food
Food allergies can trigger mild to severe reactions depending on your particular allergy type and bodily reaction. In mild cases, ingesting food that you are allergic to may result in the formation of hives, itching, and irritation. In more severe cases, intense reactions can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, and a dramatic decline in blood pressure. Some children may go into anaphylactic shock and require immediate attention. If left unaddressed, an allergic reaction may sometimes be fatal. If you think you have come in contact with an allergen, we strongly urge you to seek medical attention right away.
Diagnosing Food Allergies
Diagnosing food allergies is essential for you and your child’s health. If you believe that your child may have a food allergy, we recommend documenting the food they eat and not giving them food that you think may lead to an allergic reaction. To get a comprehensive diagnosis, it is important to seek a medical consultation. Our Sarasota center is prepared to provide you and your child with the most accurate allergy testing to help you have better control over your diet.
Treating Food Allergies In Sarasota, Florida
Allergies can be very dangerous and in some cases, potentially fatal. If you suspect that you or your child may have an allergy, we urge you to contact our center and get the allergy testing needed. To learn more about the services offered by Drs. Marlowe & Marrs, request a consultation by calling (941) 303-8590 or selecting and filling out the appropriate form below.