Causes And Effects Of Food Allergy Essay

2968 Words May 23rd, 2016 12 Pages
We have all known someone in our life that has a food allergy, or maybe even have one ourselves. There are eight foods that cause 90% of allergic reactions: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Growing up, peanut and milk allergies were the most common among my peers. Allergic reactions have some pretty serious symptoms.
These symptoms are very easy to identify, and they’re very hard to miss. For example: hives, wheezing, itchy throat, trouble swallowing, or a swollen tongue, are all noticeable and should be taken care of right away. The biggest issue, is that any amount of allergen can cause allergic reactions, and some can actually be delayed! People are finding they’re allergic to every day things, as well, such as latex and some medications. You’d think that medicine should be helping you, but it could actually hurt your body a lot.

For all of us that don’t know how allergic reactions work, it’s actually kind of simple. Your immune system mistakes specific foods for a harmful substance. For example, say you go out to eat with your family, and you try lobster for the first time. Your immune system thinks that you’re putting something dangerous in your body, and it reacts to try to remove the danger. The immune system triggers cells to release antibodies known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) to attack the allergen (what you’re allergic to). So, when you eat these specific foods you are allergic to, the IgE antibodies sense it and tell your immune…

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