Definition of food allergy
Food allergy is a reaction of the body’s immune system to some foods. Many people think they have a food allergy when it is food intolerance. Intolerance is caused by digestion problems, such as lactose or milk intolerance. A food allergy can cause severe symptoms. Food intolerance symptoms are rarely serious.
Causes of food allergy
The immune system reacts to certain proteins found in foods. It treats them as harmful to the body and tries to fight them off by releasing chemicals and histamins. This is what starts the allergic symptoms.
Just about any food can cause an allergic reaction. Most common are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and selfish.
People who are at increased risk
- People who have other allergy problems.
- Having family members who have a food allergy
- Young children. Food allergy is more common.
Food allergy symptoms.
- Itching of the lips, mouth, and throat
- Swelling of the throat
- Abdominal cramping and distension
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Protein-losing enteropathy
- Eczema, contact dermatitis
- Runny or stuffed-up nose, sneezing, and postnasal discharge
- Recurrent croup
- Chronic pneumonia
- Middle ear infection
- Heart rhythm irregularities
- Low blood pressure or hypotension
Diagnosis for food allergy
Diagnosis of food allergy mainly consist history of food, and physical examination. Skin tests, elimination diet, food challenge, and blood tests are also done to confirm food allergies.
Homeopathic treatment for food allergy
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat food allergy but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat food allergy that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of food allergy:
Phosphorous, Nux Vomica, Arsenic Album, Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Argentum Nitricum, Colchicum, Calcaria Carb, Calcaria Flour, Ferrum Met, Ledum Pal, Lycopodium, Merc Cor, Berberis Vulgaris, Natrum Mur, Natrum Sulph, Lachesis, Causticum, Carbo Animalis, and many other medicines.