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Food Allergy Specialist

Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Tempe, AZ & Mesa, AZ

About 32 million Americans have food allergies. At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. in Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Arizona, the food allergy experts can determine your specific allergies and put an effective treatment plan into place right away. Skilled allergists Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, make sure that you have answers before you leave your first appointment, so don’t wait to get solutions to your food allergy. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online.

Food Allergy Q & A

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy is any allergic reaction caused by ingesting a specific food. When you eat this food, your immune system identifies a harmless protein as a threat. 

In self-defense, you produce immunoglobulin E, an antibody that triggers the production of histamines that cause a variety of allergic symptoms. 

The majority of food allergies are reasonably mild, but in some cases, a food allergy can be deadly. 

It's important to know what you're allergic to and how to manage your allergy, and that's exactly what the Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. team can help with. 

What are the most common food allergies?

There are hundreds of possible food allergens, but 90% of them are caused by these eight foods. 

  • Cow's milk
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

With kids, milk, eggs, and peanuts are the top three food allergens. With adults, the most common are fruit and vegetable pollen, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. 

Although not quite as common as the food allergies above, sesame is a frequent food allergy today as well. Less common food allergies include corn, garlic, gelatin, sunflower seeds, and poppy seeds. 

What are the signs of a food allergy?

Signs of a food allergy vary widely because this kind of allergy can affect your lungs, circulatory system, and skin. Symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Stomach cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Hives
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling of the tongue or lips
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • White or bluish skin

Food allergies can also cause a potentially fatal reaction known as anaphylaxis. The signs of anaphylaxis can include all of the above symptoms, along with other issues like a sudden blood pressure drop, rapid pulse, and feeling of impending doom. 

Don’t take chances with a food allergy. If you suspect you’re having an allergic reaction, get medical help right away.

How do you treat a food allergy?

The Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. team diagnoses your specific allergy using skin testing, blood testing, and oral food challenges. An oral food challenge involves controlled food intake and results monitoring to find the problem foods. 

Once you know your particular food allergies, and which foods to avoid, accidents can still happen. The team can prescribe oral medication like antihistamines for mild food reactions, and epinephrine autoinjectors for severe reactions. 

Need food allergy help? Book your appointment at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. by phone or through the online scheduler.