Food allergy symptoms can be quite uncommon. You might not believe this but only 1 out of 70 adults suffer from true food allergies. Food poisoning or even food intolerance is sometimes mistaken for a food allergy because of the similarities in symptoms. If you are unsure if you are allergic to a particular food, you should learn to decipher what classic food allergy is.

Mostly affecting children, food allergy is an illness where the body’s immune system defends itself from a substance that it considers to be harmful. The allergic reaction experienced is the sign that the body is trying to overcome the allergy-causing substance. Doctors usually run test to determine and confirm your food allergies. They might even ask you questions regarding your family’s general health since food allergy is thought to be partly hereditary. If your doctor finds a history of eczema, hay fever or asthma, then you have a higher risk of having a food allergy.

A true allergic reaction usually starts with swelling and itching in the throat, tongue and mouth. Other food allergy symptoms include skin reactions, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, wheezing, runny nose and sore, red and itchy eyes. An allergic reaction could begin the moment you ingest the food you are allergic to. The symptoms, however, could take longer to develop, sometimes even several hours. An anaphylactic shock is the worst possible allergic reaction. It could cause severe swelling, unconsciousness, lowering of the blood pressure and breathing difficulties. If not given proper medical attention, it could possibly lead to death. As you can see, it’s important to deal with food allergy symptoms right away.

Foods that cause allergy include peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts and fish. Some children develop allergies to cow’s milk, soya, eggs, wheat and seafood. If you have an allergy to a particular food, you could also have a reaction to other allergy-causing food. This is called cross-reactivity. Your dietician and physician could help you identify which foods to avoid and prevent allergic reactions.

If you are still unsure if you have a food allergy, you should consult a doctor specializing on allergies. You would be asked questions pertaining to the symptoms you experience after eating a certain food, amount of the particular food you ate, preparation and storage of the food, medication you took to relieve the symptoms and effectivity of the medication. All these can help diagnose your food allergy.

It is very important that you see a food allergy specialist. You must never, under any circumstances, try to determine the food you are allergic to on your own. You must remember that allergic reactions can be severe and you might be putting yourself in a very dangerous situation. If you’re allergic to something and you tamper with it, your body can react in bad ways.

Skin prick tests are sometimes used to diagnose a food allergy. A small amount of food extract is injected on the skin surface. An allergic reaction to that food extract will result to swelling and redness of the injection site. Sometimes, a false positive reaction is observed from a skin prick test. It would be wise to perform other tests, like a blood test for instance, to confirm food allergy and complete diagnosis.


4 thoughts on “Symptoms Of Lupus In Dogs

  1. Annie Havey

    Hi my vet says my dog may have lupus and wants a biopsy at $600 says thats the only way to tell?
    Hi MY 4 YEAR OLD MIN PIN HAS SORES IN THE CORNERS OF HIS MOUTH. ITS ALMOST AS IF HIS MOUTH IS TOO SMALL AND WHEN HE OPENS IT TOO WIDE IT RIPS AT THE CORNERS. SCABS FORM AND HEALING LOOKS LIKE IT OCCURS BUT IT IS A CONSTANT CONDITION and HE ALWAYS HAS SORES. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A YEAR. VET SAID GIVE HIM BENADRYL DAILY AS THESE ARE JUST ALLERGIES. (benedryl does not help) NOW THE INNER CORNERS OF HIS EYES ARE OPENING AND LOOK SORE. THE EYE IS NOT AFFECTED JUT THE INNER CORNERS LIKE WHERE WE WOULD RUB SLLEP FROM OUR EYES. NO PUS BUT LOOKS WATERY NO SCABBING THERE. NOW THIS VET SAYS CANINE LUPUS AND GAVE HIM ANTIBIOTICS to try. MY DOG TOOK THESE FOR 10 DAYS AND HIS EYES CLEARED UP AND APPEARED NORMAL. NOW TWO WEEKS LATER SORES ARE BACK. DOC SAYS BIOPSY . ONLY WAY TO TELL. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS? I DONT SEE THESE SYMPTOMS WHEN i LOOK UP CANINE LUPUS. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK IT MIGHT BE AND ALSO IS AN EXPENSIVE BIOPSY THE ONLY WAY TO TELL?? BLOOD TESTS WONT PROVIDE ANSWER?. THANKS

  2. Asia ♥

    What are the chances of this being Lyme Disease?
    I got sick 6 years ago out of nowhere.
    I was extremely nauseous everyday and dizzy to the point the room was spinning.
    I couldn’t drive in cars anymore because I’d get motion sickness
    And I also developed anxiety that I never had before.

    For a whole year I could barely eat and never left my house.
    I was sick EVERYDAY (not vomiting but nausea etc.)

    After about a year and a half the symptoms got a bit better and I started doing the things I used to do.. eating more, going out etc.

    Then I started getting severe fatigue…no matter what I do, how much I sleep..I’m still DEAD tired.
    I have purple colouration under my eyes and they’re sunken in.

    All my symptoms are:

    Nausea
    Extreme Fatigue
    Dizziness/Lightheaded
    Weakness
    Purple toes (Raynauds)
    Poor healing
    Ringing in ears while trying to sleep
    Anxiety (Weird neck twitching)
    Tingling in toes/feet
    Shortness of breath
    Irregular heartbeat
    Pain behind eyes/Change of vision/Pressure in eyes
    Cloudy state of mind sometimes
    Stuttering when speaking sometimes
    Chronic runny nose
    Diarrhea/Constipation
    Alopecia (hair loss)
    Raynauds (purple toes)
    Sensitivity to light
    Cold/Hot flashes
    Poor balance

    The only thing is, I live in Ontario Canada.
    I’m not sure if there are many ticks around where I live.
    I also never had any sort of target rash that I can remember…but I was young I could have not even noticed.
    I did have alot of dogs and a outdoor cat that we let back inside.
    And I remember my cat having a large white tick that we had to pull of of it.
    But I also wonder if it is Lyme why didn’t my mom or brother contract it?

    Do you think this could be Lyme?

    I’ve been tested for Anemia, Diabetes, Lupus, Celiac, Thyroid issues etc.

  3. Kiki

    Lupus?Lyme disease?? whats going on?
    SYMPTOMS
    Pain, weakness, or numbness in the arms or legs, swollen joints everywhere, joint pain everywhere, dizziness -and everything literary spinning like I just got off a roller coaster-, jaw sharp stabbing pain, head ache, pressure in my head, blurry vision, problems with walking, Poor memory and reduced ability to concentrate [sometimes during a day I forget the first half of it completely], Heart pain, little hallucination -an object moved-, extreme fatigue……

    I would like to add that I had a baby 4 months ago, and that I have a dog who has lyme disease. I don’t know if it can spread via flees -I got bitten-. I know I havent been bitten by a tick -I also havent been out lately-. What you think
    I also have problems with concentration while talking
    Im a SAHM and I clean cook and take care my son the whole day.
    I have only 1 kid
    in addition I got so dizzy once I ended up falling on the ground.

    1. Will

      Sounds like a new Mom … do you have other kids at home … do you work … do you have anyone to help you out or are you doing it all? I have an 8 week old … I am all of these things and more. You should take a day and relax, we left the kids with Sister and Mother in law and took off for the amusement park. Everyone had a great day.

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