What You Should Know About Food Allergies As An Adult

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Many people have numerous misconceptions about allergies, particularly food allergies. While most people assume that people develop allergies as children and have to deal with them their entire lives, this may not always be the case. As such, many adults who did not knowingly have food allergies as children know very little about the realities of food allergies as adults. So get to know the facts about food allergies. Then, if you think you may have an allergy, you can get to an immunology doctor (allergy doctor) as soon as possible to find out for sure. 

Some Allergies More Commonly Develop In Adulthood

While a lot of people think that food allergies occur in childhood or even as a teenager, this is not always the case. In fact, some people do not notice symptoms of certain allergies until well into older adulthood. 

Shellfish allergies are a common example of a food allergy that does usually make an appearance until adulthood. In fact, many people will have eaten shellfish regularly for their entire life and suddenly find themselves having an adverse reaction after consuming shellfish.

Allergic reactions to shellfish not only come out of the blue, but can also be severe and life-threatening including anaphylaxis. While shellfish allergies can pop up suddenly, they do not go away suddenly and will likely be an ongoing issue after the initial reaction. 

You Can Develop An Allergy To Any Food

Most people think that there are only a select few foods to which a person can develop an allergy. Among these are shellfish, peanuts, eggs, and milk. However, virtually any food can cause an allergic reaction when the wrong person consumes it.

Additionally, when the food that causes a person to have an adverse reaction is processed food (rather than whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), many people misconstrue exactly what they are having an allergic reaction to. In some cases, these processed foods reactions have to do with the chemical additives or preservatives used in the foods.

So, if you notice you are having a reaction after eating a certain food, no matter if it is a common allergen or not, you should check with an immunology doctor. With that doctor, you can discuss your symptoms and may be able to schedule an appointment to get tested for various allergies to determine the exact cause. 

While many people do not fully understand food allergies, it is important to keep these facts in mind and get to know the pertinent information.

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