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Barrington residents ask, “What are common signs and symptoms of a food allergy?”

Dr Noga Askenazi M.D Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates describing what are common signs and symptoms of a food allergy?
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For patients who have a food allergy, their body has an adverse reaction to proteins that are in a particular food. This allergy can be triggered by even the tiniest amount of the food and it can show up within a matter of minutes, or up to several hours after the initial exposure.

Many food allergies originate during the early childhood years; however, they can develop as an adult and can even come up in foods that were never a problem previously. Some childhood food allergies are outgrown by the time the child reaches adulthood.

Common food allergies include:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Cow’s Milk

Signs and Symptoms of Food Allergy

Food allergies can present with a vast array of symptoms. For some, these symptoms can be mild and only cause minimal discomfort. For others, they can be potentially fatal. If you experience any sort of allergic reaction, it is imperative that you make an appointment with an allergist to determine the cause of the allergy. Some of the most common symptoms of food allergies are:

  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Congestion symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes)
  • Swelling under the skin

More severe symptoms include:

  • Throat swelling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Wheezing, tightening of the chest
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Anaphylaxis

If you are experiencing anaphylactic shock, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Diagnosing food allergies can be tricky, because many people actually experience food intolerance versus an actual allergy. Food intolerances may have signs and symptoms similar to food allergies. People with food intolerances can typically ingest a small amount of the problem food without a reaction, whereas patients with an allergy can’t consume any amount without a reaction.

We use a combination of tests including medical history, skin testing, blood testing, as well as food journals to help confirm a food allergy.

The best method of treatment for a food allergy is to avoid the problematic food. This may often involve rigorous inspection of ingredient labels to ensure products you are eating are safe. If you have a minor allergic reaction, antihistamines may relieve symptoms. You may also be given epinephrine that should be carried at all times in case of severe reaction.

For patients in the Barrington area who believe they may be exhibiting symptoms of a food allergy, it is important to call our office and schedule a consultation as soon as possible.


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Dr. Noga Askenazi, Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Dr. Noga Askenazi | Dr. Eugenia Hahn | Meredith Cirrincione

Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, AMITA, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.

Dr. Eugenia Hahn is a highly recognized board certified allergist and immunologist who treats patients of all ages. Her areas of special interest are food allergy, eczema, and asthma. She is president of the Illinois Society of Allergy & Asthma, a National Committee leader of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology working on new treatment options for patients. She is a consultant for Advocate, Northwestern, AMITA, Northwest Community healthcare systems amongst many others. Her patients mean everything to her as she takes pride in finding the why behind the problem. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.