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Food allergies are rare, affecting 4% of adults and up to 6% of children. If you or a loved one have a food allergy, Cure Allergy Clinic, located in Arlington, Texas, provides both sublingual therapy (allergy drops) and food desensitization to address food allergies, including unusual food allergies. If you live in the communities of Dallas, Irving, Euless, Bedford, Coppell, or Fort Worth, you can rely on Dr. M. Waseem Imam , D.O., who is a board-certified specialist in pediatric and adult allergies. Find out more by calling the office or requesting a consultation online today.
What do I need to know about a food allergy?
A food allergy is an immune response that occurs when your body overreacts to a type of food by incorrectly identifying it as dangerous. This overreaction triggers a protective response and allergy symptoms.
A food allergy is most common in toddlers and children, but anyone can develop a food allergy at any age. You can eat a certain food for years with no problems, and then develop an allergy to that food.
Symptoms of a food allergy may involve your:
Food allergies that affect your gastrointestinal tract can worsen conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, or eosinophilic disorders, which are inflammatory blood disorders related to an excess of white blood cells.
Allergies tend to run in families, but it's difficult to know whether a parent will pass on a food allergy to their children, or more than one sibling will share a food allergy. Science does suggest that the younger brothers or sisters of a child with a peanut allergy will get the same allergy.
Although any food item can provoke an allergic reaction, the following eight foods are the most common culprits:
Certain seeds, including sesame and mustard seeds, also are common food allergy triggers. Sometimes unorthodox, unexpected foods can cause allergies, but you can rely on the experienced providers at Cure Allergy Clinic to pinpoint the source of your allergy with comprehensive allergy testing.
Cure Allergy Clinic provides a holistic approach to address food allergies. They tailor your treatment to your precise allergen or allergens, providing sublingual (under your tongue) allergy drops to reduce life-threatening reactions, such as anaphylaxis. At times, they may recommend removing the food item from your diet and then reintroducing it later.
In addition to sublingual immunotherapy for food allergies, Cure Allergy Clinic offers oral immunotherapy (OIT) as well. During oral immunotherapy treatments, you're fed an increasing amount of a food that you’re allergic to, gradually over time. This helps to increase your body’s ability to tolerate the allergen and reduce your risk of experiencing anaphylaxis. OTI is usually reserved for those patients that completed our Sublingual immunotherapy for a few years, in order to limit reactions during treatment.
Cure Allergy Clinic also diagnoses and treats food sensitivities. For high-quality care for food allergies, particularly unusual food allergies, rely on the board-certified expertise of Cure Allergy Clinic. Call the office or request your consultation online today.