If you always experience an itchy sensation inside your mouth or swelling on the face after eating a particular food, these could be the common food allergies’ symptoms. You will have a food allergy when your body’s immune system reacts to specific foods like milk, eggs, peanuts, or wheat. This guide will explore the common food allergens.

What Are the Top Food Allergies?

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Not every food will cause an allergic reaction in your body. You’ll only react to foods with proteins that your body’s immune system can’t recognize. According to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), the following seven foods are responsible for 90 percent of food allergies in the United States. 

  1. Eggs
  2. Cow’s Milk
  3. Tree Nuts
  4. Peanuts
  5. Shellfish
  6. Wheat
  7. Soy

1) Eggs

An egg allergy occurs mostly in young children but usually resolves as they grow. Some people may stay allergic to egg proteins, the egg white or egg yolk, for their whole lives. The common symptoms of egg allergies include stomach ache and skin reactions.

2) Cow’s Milk

Allergies to cow’s milk usually occur when the body reacts to whey or casein, a protein in milk. Cow’s milk allergy is common in babies exposed to milk protein before they turn six months. Such kids will most likely develop allergic reactions to other foods like eggs.

3) Tree Nuts

If you experience a tree nut allergy after eating tree nuts and seeds, avoid eating them. Examples of tree nuts that can cause allergies are Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and macadamia nuts. Try to avoid food products processed with these nuts.

4) Peanuts

A peanut allergy is common in the U.S and can cause life-threatening allergic reactions. If you’re allergic to peanuts, the chances are high that tree nuts can trigger allergic reactions in your body. Avoid eating peanuts when you’re reacting to them.

5) Shellfish

Shellfish allergies can occur when you consume seafood with the protein tropomyosin. You will know that you’re experiencing allergic reactions when you start vomiting or feeling stomach pain after eating shrimp, crayfish, squid, lobster, scallops, or prawns. 

6) Wheat

A wheat allergy can cause vomiting, swelling, skin rashes, and hives. However, you shouldn’t confuse the allergy with celiac disease, which has similar digestive symptoms. The only way to treat this allergy is by avoiding wheat and products containing wheat. 

7) Soy

Around 0.4 percent of children in the United States suffer from a soy allergy, an allergic reaction common in children and infants under three. The symptoms range from a runny nose and itchy, tingly mouth to breathing difficulties like asthma.

Have You Experienced Allergy Symptoms?

The severity of symptoms usually influences the way a doctor diagnoses food allergies. If the symptoms are mild, your doctor may recommend keeping a food diary that records all the foods you consume. That will make it easier to identify the culprit. If the symptoms are severe, skin and blood tests will pinpoint milk, egg, and nut allergies.

Schedule Your Allergy Test Today!

Now that you know the common food allergens, you can quickly tell you are suffering from an allergic reaction when you eat a particular food. When you note some common food allergies’ symptoms, consider going for allergy testing to verify your suspicions. The doctor will carry out a few diagnostic tests, including skin prick and blood tests.

Contact us to learn more about food allergies and their treatment methods.

Dr Abbas Jafri MD