Monday, May 03, 2010

Signs and Symptoms of Allergic Reactions to Food


  • Pruritus (Itching)
  • Skin flushing or erythema (redness)
  • Pilor erection ("goosebumps")
  • Rash: Urticaria (hives) - acute
  • Eczema (usually delayed, >6 hours)
  • Angioedema (swelling, especially face)
Oral cavity (lips, tongue, palate)
  • Pruritus (Itching), numbness, dryness
  • Edema (swelling, may also include the uvula)
Eyes, conjunctiva
  • Pruritus (Itching)
  • Periorbital (around eyes) edema, redness of conjunctiva and tearing
  • Nausea, pain (except infants/young child)
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain (infants)

  • Pruritus (Itching)
  • Nasal congestion or runniness, sneezing
Larynx, throat
  • Pruritus (Itching), dryness/tightness
  • Swelling around the larynx and vocal cord, voice hoarseness, stridor (inspiratory wheeze), cough
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain/tightness
  • Respiratory distress (i.e., ↑ breathing rate, difficulty catching breath, ↓ peak expiratory flow measurement), cough, wheezing
  • Chest pain/ tightness, feeling of faintness, dizziness
  • Syncope (fainting, loss of consciousness), hypotension (low) or shock (very low blood pressure), dysrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm)
  • "Sense of impending doom"
  • Uterine contractions (women)


  1. This is great stuff, but I am wondering if you have thought about an additional chapter of food and auto-immune diseases. I have given up gluten and dairy (casein) as a way to control Multiple Sclerosis. I know I have talked with people who use it to control ADHD, Autism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac and Lupis. I have done a lot of research on the blood brain barrier breaching (a lot of B) when it comes to minor allergic reactions (enzymatic) and the possibility that over time this can turn into an autoimmune disease.

    Anyway, another something to look into!

  2. Boy you and I should sit a chat .... I am recovering from Lupus - almost 4 years full remission - all based on dietary intervention. I think I will post the preface to my book .... and I love your site, Julia!!!!

  3. Wow, congrats. It is nice to know that you are having so much success with Lupus. I am only on my 4th month of diet changes and I feel a lot more energetic and focused. I hope this means less attacks as well.

    Thank you, your site is great too. I love meeting people who are successful at all of the diet changes - gives me hope.


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