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Know the Signs of a Food Allergy
A food allergy is defined as an adverse physical response that happens when your body's immune system reacts to a part (usually a protein) of the food you ate. For most people with food allergies, the reactions are more uncomfortable and inconvenient than life-threatening, but in some cases the body's response can be life-threatening so it's important to know the symptoms.
- Swelling of your lips, tongue and face
- Itchy eyes
Respiratory Tract Reactions:
- Swelling, itching and/or tightness in the throat
- Shortness of breath
- Dry or raspy cough
- Runny nose
- Wheezing (asthma)
Digestive Tract Reactions:
- Abdominal cramps
Since a food allergy attack can be life-threatening, call 911 immediately if someone has a severe allergic reactions. For more information about food allergies, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips section.
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