Food allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction to food caused by immune mechanisms. The spectrum of food allergens varies across age groups. The most common allergens in infants are cow’s milk and eggs, in children – eggs, milk, nuts, wheat, soy, fish, in adults – vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, shellfish, spices.
The signs of a food allergy are varied. Common symptoms are itching in the mouth, nose and ears, a raised itchy red rash (urticaria or “hives”), vomiting, and swelling of the face around the eyes, lips, tongue and mouth. The most serious type of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis.
Northway Clinic also offers comprehensive Food Intolerance Testing
If someone has difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing or speaking and feels dizzy or faint then you should call 999 as this type of allergic reaction can be fatal.