What’s an Allergy?

Food Allergies Infographic 2015

Food Allergies Infographic 2015

Merriam-Webster’s Definition: Allergy noun \ˈa-lər-jē\

  1. Altered bodily reactivity (as hypersensitivity) to an antigen in response to a first exposure <a bee venom allergy so severe that a second sting may be fatal>
  2. Exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual

What’s the Tall Allergic Chick’s Take on Food Allergies?

From everything that I have learned and read, what I gather is an allergy is really the immune system overreacting, or being hypersensitive, to something in the environment that is normally a safe substance. Basically, your immune system starts to attack the proteins in a food you eat and in turn, your body releases chemicals that can result in an allergic reaction. Hystamine is one of these chemicals. Simply taking an over the counter antihystamine medication doesn’t always alleviete symptoms that you may be experiencing .

There is currently no medication available that will stop food allergies; the only way is to avoid the foods you have reactions to.

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