Less Common Food Allergy Symptoms
to Look Out For

Baz Team

June 25, 2024

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When we think of food allergies, we often picture the classic symptoms: hives, swelling, itching and dangerous anaphylaxis. However, food allergies can manifest in a variety of ways, and some symptoms are less well-known. Understanding these less common symptoms is crucial for effective diagnosis and management. At Baz Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, we specialize in custom treatment plans for all your symptoms, even the less common ones.

Gastrointestinal Issues

1. Abdominal Pain and Cramps

While it’s not uncommon to experience abdominal pain after eating something you’re allergic to, many people don’t immediately connect this symptom to a food allergy. Persistent or severe abdominal pain following a meal can be a sign of an allergic reaction, especially if it’s accompanied by other symptoms like nausea or diarrhea.

2. Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are often overlooked as potential indicators of a food allergy, but they can occur, especially in children. If these symptoms are recurrent and follow the consumption of specific foods, it’s worth considering a food allergy as a possible cause.

3. Diarrhea

Diarrhea can result from various conditions, but chronic or repeated episodes linked to food consumption can signal an allergy. It’s important to monitor your symptoms and note any patterns related to what you eat.

Skin Reactions

4. Eczema Flares

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can be exacerbated by food allergies. While eczema is often linked to environmental factors, food allergens can also trigger flare-ups. If your eczema worsens after eating certain foods, you might be dealing with a food-related trigger.

5. Delayed Skin Reactions

Unlike hives that appear shortly after eating an allergen, some skin reactions can be delayed, appearing several hours or even days later. These delayed reactions can include redness, itching, or a rash and may be mistakenly attributed to other causes.

Respiratory Symptoms

6. Coughing

A cough that doesn’t respond to typical treatments could be a sign of a food allergy. Foods can cause irritation and inflammation in the airways, leading to a cough. This symptom is often under-recognized but can be particularly irritating.                

7. Nasal Congestion and Runny Nose

Nasal congestion and a runny nose are common symptoms of hay fever, but they can also result from food allergies. If you notice these symptoms regularly after meals, it might be worth exploring food allergies as a potential cause.

Neurological Symptoms

8. Dizziness or Lightheadedness

Feeling dizzy or lightheaded after eating certain foods can indicate an allergic reaction. This symptom might be accompanied by other signs, such as an increased heart rate or difficulty breathing and should not be ignored.

Psychological Symptoms

9. Anxiety

While it may seem surprising, food allergies can sometimes manifest as psychological symptoms like anxiety. This is particularly true if the food allergy causes chronic discomfort or stress due to fear of reactions. In some cases, the body’s response to an allergen can directly impact mood and anxiety levels.

When to Call Baz

Recognizing these less common symptoms can help you identify potential food allergies and seek appropriate treatment. If you suspect that you or a family member might have a food allergy, it’s crucial to consult with one of our specialists. We offer comprehensive testing and personalized treatment plans to help manage food allergies effectively.

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This entry was posted in Allergies, Allergy, Allergy Treatment, Asthma on June 25, 2024 by Baz Team.

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