Why some of us suddenly develop a strong allergy to a food substance that we have been eating so often? And why do they start so suddenly in life?
Many people think the terms food allergy and food intolerance mean the same thing, but they do not. Food intolerance is an adverse food-induced reaction that does not involve the immune system. Lactose intolerance is one example of food intolerance. A person with lactose intolerance lacks an enzyme that is needed to digest milk sugar. When the person eats milk products, symptoms such as gas, bloating and abdominal pain may occur.
A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the human body has mistakenly identified as a harmful substance. Once the immune system decides that a particular is harmful to the body, it creates specific antibodies (immunoglobulin E) to defy the perceived enemy. Because of the perceived invasion, the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals, including histamine, to protect the body. These chemical trigger a surge of symptoms that can affect the skin, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or cardiovascular system.
Although an individual may be allergic to any food, such as fruits, vegetables and meats, these are not as common as the following eight foods which account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions:
- tree nut (walnut, cashew, etc.),
- soya and
ASSESSMENT AND ALLERGY FOCUSED CLINICAL HISTORY:
Children and young people who have one or more signs and symptoms like
- Pruritus, (severe itching of the skin,)
- Erythema,(superficial reddening of the skin, usually in patches,)
- Atopic Eczema, ( a condition that makes your skin red and itchy.)
should be considered for a possibility of food allergy. Proper attention should be given to persistent symptoms that involve different organ systems.
- If the symptoms for the treatment of atopic eczema, GERD or chronic gastrointestinal symptoms do not respond to treatment, a possibility of food allergy should be considered.
- If a food allergy is suspected, a healthcare should take appropriate allergy-focused clinical history tailored to the presenting symptoms and age of the child or young person.
- During the physical examination, particular attention should be paid to the growth and physical signs and malnutrition as well as signs indicating allergy-related concomitant diseases..
- Just about any food can cause an allergic reaction. Most common are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.
PEOPLE WHO ARE AT INCREASED RISK:
- People who have other allergy problems.
- Having family members who have a food allergy
- Young children. Food allergy is more common.
FOOD ALLERGY DIAGNOSIS:
1. IgE-mediated food allergy:
- Based on the allergy-focused clinical history, if an IgE-mediated allergy is suspected, a skin-prick test and/or other blood tests should be offered. These tests should be undertaken only by healthcare professionals with the appropriate competencies to select, perform and interpret them.
- Skin prick tests should be undertaken where there are facilities to deal with an anaphylactic reaction.
- Allergy testing should not be done without first taking an allergy-focused clinical history.
- Atopy patch testing or oral food challenges should not be used to diagnose IgE-mediated food allergy in primary care or community settings.
2. Non-IgE-mediated food allergy:
- If non-IgE-mediated food allergy is suspected, trial elimination of the suspected allergen should be done and reintroduced after the trial.
- Based on the allergy-focused clinical history of the child or young person, appropriate information like type of allergy, diagnostic process, food elimination diet, etc should be offered to the parent or carer of the child.
- Referral to secondary or specialist care: Under special circumstances like acute systemic reaction, confirmed IgE-mediated food allergy and concurrent asthma, clinical suspicion of multiple food allergies, etc, referral to secondary or specialist care should be considered.
- Alternative diagnostic tools: Alternative diagnostic tests like vega test, applied kinesiology and hair analysis should not be used for the diagnosis for food allergy. Also, serum-specific IgG testing should not be used for the diagnosis of food allergy.
FOOD ALLERGY TREATMENT WITH HOMEOPATHY:
Homeopathic treatment of food allergies can be very beneficial as it treats food allergies by optimising the overcharged immune system. Though the treatment may require a more serious approach, most of the allergies can be treated with homeopathy. Homeopathy views food allergies as an expression of a disturbance in the patient?s healing system. Food allergies are not a disease to be cured in themselves, but a reflection of an underlying imbalance.
Food sensitivity or intolerance can be treated by homeopathic medicines that are specific to that particular problem. For example, homeopathic medicine Silicea for milk intolerance in infants, when even the mother?s milk disagrees, or Zingiber for diarrhoea that sets in after eating melons or Antim crudum for headache that comes after eating fruits.
following remedies which are helpful in the food allergy treatment:
Phosphorous, Nux Vomica, Arsenic Album, Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Argentum Nitricum, Colchicum, Calcaria Carb, Calcaria Flour, Ferrum Met, Ledum Pal, Lycopodium, Merc Cor, Berberis Vulgaris, Natrum Mur, Natrum Sulph, Lachesis, Causticum, Carbo Animalis, and many other medicines.
HOMEOPATHIC APPROACH TO FOOD ALLERGY:
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc.
A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.
When other systems of medicine fail to work effectively, and if you want to live with natural, safe, gentle, non-toxic, effective and rapid acting medicines, to relieve the symptoms of sexual dysfunction, to experience substantial improvement in your outlook and quality of life consider Homeopathy.
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