Patient Comments: Food Allergy - Symptoms and Signs

What are the symptoms and signs of your food allergy?

Comment from: jerry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

My allergist says that some of my allergies are so severe, that it causes my imbalance.

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Comment from: rkml, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I'm a 47 years old female, I'm experiencing itchy and small bumps. I think it might be talipia (fish). I ate it for many years a nothing ever happen. I spoke to the pharmacist and she said even though I never had an allergy problem before it can start later in life. I plan on stop eating the fish and monitor my skin. It's mainly on both arms, inner knees, and small areas on my stomach.

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Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I am a 43 year old male, just starting to get food allergy reactions to my lips and just above my lips and below my nose area. There is no pattern, but the frequency is starting to increase. I notice the reaction starts about an hour after breakfast (I typically eat cereal), and sometimes at night. Just tonight I had a reaction (I ate shrimp and grilled chicken at Chili's). Willing to bet it was the shrimp. My lips stay swollen for about 24 hours. Benadryl doesn't seem to help much. I am also a public performer and I'm getting nervous of this happening in front of a group of people.

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Comment from: dvshdee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

As soon as I swallow something with an allergen in it, my throat starts to itch and then sort of feels numb. Have been able to keep throat open to get benadryl in with ice. Most of the time I am able to feel the sensation on my tongue as soon as I begin chewing. If I do end up ingesting a trigger, I get sort of a drugged feeling for about an hour, and then will present with hives from head to toe. Palms and soles of feet itch the worst!

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Comment from: Kholo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I started swelling and developing acne that formed round paths like ringworms, itching and irritating. i had them on fingers and elbows. I went to the doctor he said its allergy but he couldn't tell me what type. So he gave me antibiotics and cream and within 3 days they disappeared. So they back again. I can't figure out if is food allergy or not. No family history of allergy.

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Comment from: Joanne, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 30

My son is 10 and just started to show signs of a food allergy. We can't figure out what it is from. He gets itchy under the chin and tight in his throat. We give him an Pro-Air HFA treatment and in abut 20 min. it seems to calm things down. When it happens, we check the ingredients. In the past, he has been affected by artificial lemon, store bought mashed potatoes(Bob Evans), microwavable mac and cheese(Hormel). We think it must be some kind of preservative but we can't figure it out.

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Comment from: Headache, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

The allergic reaction I am having to food is in the scalp. If I eat diary, foods made out of wheat, sugars, processed foods, almost all fruits, and caffeine; my scalp will hurt and sometimes bumps will appear, and it will itch very badly and it also causes hair loss. I can eat all meat, all green foods and some nuts and some beans without an allergic reaction. I can also eat sourer dough bread.

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Comment from: beachbaby, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

After eating scallops one evening the following day (not same night) I was having a hard time breathing and tightness in my chest. Also severe sweats. I went to the hospital thinking something was very wrong but was told it was only anxiety and was released. A few days later I ate one of the leftover scallops and the same symptoms appeared. They were from a restaurant so I don't know what they cooked them in.

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