Are you allergic to something? If you answered, “no,” you may want to think again. Allergic reactions come in many forms that are dismissed if one is not paying attention. The forms of these symptoms can be as common as a headache or as severe as pulmonary or breathing disturbances. The reason that allergic reactions come in so many forms is that there are different classifications of allergic disturbance. The classifications for allergic reactions are dermal, gastrointestinal and cardiopulmonary and these classifications are particular to each person’s degree of reactions because some people may experience an allergic reaction that is more severe than that of the next person. Every persons body handles issues like allergic reactions differently depending on their individual degree of sensitivity causing the initial reaction and more often than not different strains of protein found in common everyday foods are what cause these allergic reactions in some people.
Eggs are one of the most common food allergy culprits, hence the reason you see egg substitutes on the shelves of your local supermarket. Surprisingly, most people that are allergic to eggs have not discovered that it is the egg yolk that they are allergic to and not the egg white. This is because the body has built sensitivity to the type of protein that is in the yolk. In very few cases has a person been allergic to the egg in whole.
Another well-known trigger for food allergy is the peanut. The peanut, which is part of the bean and legume family, is a common trigger. As with the egg, the peanut its self is not the culprit of your demise but the protein within the peanut is without a doubt more certainly the offender. However, this allergy can stretch beyond just peanuts. If you have a peanut allergy, you may also want to avoid other nuts of this genre such as tree nuts. Tree nuts will include walnuts, pecans and pine nuts for example.
However, allergies do not stop there. Other allergic reactions to food may include milk, cheese, seafood and shellfish and certain forms of chocolate (which I am personally allergic to) such as milk chocolate. These types of allergy triggers have one thing in common; they all contain different types of protein. These different varieties of protein are what cause our allergic reactions to various types of food.
If in fact you have had hives, migraine headaches, bloating, diarrhea or anything similar with no apparent cause for the disturbance, it may be time for you to make an appointment with an allergist to be on the safe side. Simple allergy tests can provide you with great information about your body and make the difference between a mild reaction and a life-threatening episode.