Food Allergies

By: Chris Pivaral

What are Food Allergies?

A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by eggs, peanuts, milk, or some other specific food.

Symptoms

Symptoms usually begin within 2 hours after eating. Rarely, the symptoms may begin hours after eating the food. If you develop symptoms shortly after eating a certain food, you may have a food allergy. Key symptoms of a food allergy include hives, a hoarse voice, and wheezing.

Treatment

While there's ongoing research to find better treatments to reduce food allergy symptoms and prevent allergy attacks, there isn't any proven treatment that can prevent or completely relieve symptoms. Unfortunately allergy shots (immunotherapy), a series of injections used to reduce the effect of other allergies such as hay fever, aren't effective for treating food allergies.