Vernon Hills residents want to know when to see a food allergy specialist
An estimated 15 million people in the US have a food allergy, including one in 13 children. With such staggering numbers, it is important to know what symptoms of food allergies are, and when to see an allergy specialist if you suspect a problem. Residents in Vernon Hills can rest assured knowing Drs. Noga Askenazi and Eugenia Hahn of Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois have offices located in Elgin and Crystal Lake.
Symptoms of food allergies
An allergy occurs when your body’s natural defense system overreacts to a specific substance, treats it as an invader, and tries to defend the body. Allergies to foods can set off symptoms, usually within minutes or up to two hours after eating the problem food. Depending on the severity of the allergy, symptoms can range from mild discomfort to life threatening.
Most common reactions include:
- Tingling in the mouth
- Skin conditions such as hives, itching, or eczema
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Trouble breathing
- Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Diagnosis and treatment
Food allergies generally trigger a reaction each time the food is encountered. If you suspect food allergies, seeing an allergy specialist is the best course of action. Your doctor will discuss your health history and your allergy symptoms to determine which tests to perform. Skin prick tests, blood tests, and/or oral food challenges may be recommended. Treatment is avoidance of the problem food. Carefully reading food labels or questioning wait staff when eating out is an important part of living with food allergies.
Whether you have food allergies, seasonal allergies, or allergies to antibiotics, contact Dr. Noga Askenazi and Dr. Eugenia Hahn. Call 847 888 8802 to schedule your appointment at one of our convenient locations.