While most people with food allergies typically experience mild or minor reactions, there are some who have severe food allergy symptoms that can be life threatening. Of these serious reactions, one of the most common is anaphylaxis, which can lead to constriction of lung airways, a drastic decrease in blood pressure also known as anaphylactic shock, and suffocation from the swelling of the throat. In fact, roughly 150 people die from anaphylaxis each year.
Even if you're one of the people who have mild symptoms, it's important to address a reaction as soon as it begins. Many times an allergic reaction can begin with food allergy symptoms that seem mild, but, they can quickly progress and become severe if untreated. Many people find that using an EpiPen when experiencing early symptoms can sometimes prevent a more serious reaction, so staying aware of - and being able to identify - what could be a food allergy symptom can literally be a lifesaver.
The following are a few symptoms of food allergies:
Swelling of the face, tongue, or lips
A tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
Flushed skin or rash
Coughing or wheezing
A swelling of the throat and vocal chords
Loss of consciousness
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Consult a physician or allergist if you suspect that you may have a food allergy. Your doctor can give you a physical examination, perform a series of blood tests, and put you on an elimination diet to help determine if you are suffering from food allergies.