Charleston Allergy Doctor | The 8 Most Common Food Allergies

Charleston Allergy Doctor | Food allergies occur when your body is intolerant or sensitive to a particular food. More than 15 million people in the United States have food allergies, and children comprise the vast majority. In fact, one out of every 13 children has a diagnosed food allergy, which is why schools are getting more strict on the foods that can be brought into the classroom. A Charleston allergy doctor can diagnose you with a food allergy after consultation and testing, but there are eight most common foods most people are allergic to. 

Common Foods with Allergic Reactions

Food Allergy Research and Education have concluded that 90% of all food allergies are reactions to one of these eight foods:

  • Tree nuts
  • Soy 
  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Cow’s milk 

These foods also tend to cause severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis which can be fatal. If you are diagnosed with a food allergy for some of these foods, you will most likely be prescribed an epi-pen by your Charleston allergy doctor and given a treatment plan for managing the allergy. 

Food Allergy Symptoms

Many different symptoms can accompany a food allergy. Some people may have multiple of these symptoms or just one. If you see a trend between these symptoms emerging and food you are eating you should consult with your Charleston allergy doctor about a possible food allergy. 

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Rash or hives
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting 

Some allergies can resolve over time or as children grow up. Adults can develop allergies spontaneously or become intolerant of certain foods as they get older. If you are concerned about a food allergy you might have, give the Charleston Allergy Doctors at National Allergy and ENT at 843-480-9265.