The work of body’s immune system is to identify and destroy germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that make us sick. Food allergy results when the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein as a threat and causes allergic reactions. Therefore food allergens are typically naturally-occurring proteins in foods or derivatives of them that cause abnormal immune responses.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction!!!!
When a person comes in contact with an allergen, the symptoms of a reaction may progress from mild to severe depending on the quantity of food consumed. The most severe form of an allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. A person experiencing an allergic reaction may have any of the following symptoms:
- Flushed face, rash, red and itchy skin
- Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, throat and tongue, , rapid heartbeat, loss of consciousness
- Trouble in breathing, speaking or swallowing, cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting
- Anxiety, distress, faintness, paleness, sense of doom, weakness, drop in blood pressure
Note: Symptoms of allergies and the amount of food needed to trigger a reaction vary from person to person.