The increase in food allergies in different societies requires special attention to food selection. this article is provided for people who have this type of allergy.
Why do food allergies occur?
Food allergies are caused by several reasons. One of the main reasons is the improper reaction of the immune system to food. Factors such as genetics, environment, high consumption of chemicals in foods, and family history of allergies may play a role. This immune reaction may occur in the form of allergic sensitivity. Also, poor nutrition, food additives, and complex interactions Among different food components can play a role in increasing food sensitivities.
Types of food allergies are:
Rapid reaction of the immune system with the production of antibodies.
Immune reaction without antibody production and often with the participation of other immune components.
A combination of allergic sensitivity with non-allergic complications.
Allergic reactions in different parts of the body such as skin or eyes.
Reactions that occur a few hours or even days after consuming food.
Allergy to food toxins
Reaction to toxins in some foods such as fish or seafood.
Allergy to chemicals
Reaction to food additives or chemicals
Each of these types of food sensitivity has its own features and control solutions.
How to prevent food allergies?
Some strategies to prevent food allergies include the following:
Consuming a varied diet with a variety of food groups is important to reduce the risk of food allergies.
Natural and fresh ingredients
It is preferable to choose fresh and natural food instead of highly processed food containing chemical additives.
Attention to food ingredients
Knowledge of food ingredients and protection of people sensitive to their harmful properties.
Allergy tests can be helpful if there is a family or personal history of allergies.
Information about prohibited substances:
People with food sensitivities should precisely identify the substances that are prohibited for them and avoid consuming them.
Getting advice from nutritionists about proper diet and managing food allergies.
Attention to environmental conditions
In conditions such as air pollution or climate change, there is an increased possibility of developing food allergies.
Paying attention to these points and consulting with expert doctors can help prevent the development or exacerbation of food allergies
Solution to deal with food allergy
Some solutions to deal with food allergies are:
Following the right diet
Following a diet that is compatible with your food sensitivities and contains ingredients that do not cause reactions.
Use of medicines
If necessary, take medicines and antihistamines as prescribed by the doctor.
Special information about food
Having complete information about prohibited foods and the abilities of other substances in nutrition.
Maintaining air quality in the environment
Controlling factors such as air pollution that may exacerbate food allergies.
Use of the allergy book
Carry an allergy book with you, which contains important points and medical information in case of a reaction.
Education of those around you
Educate family, friends, and colleagues on how to be safe and manage emergencies.
Use of nutritional applications
Using nutrition apps and websites to learn about food and ingredients.
Regular follow-up with the doctor
Having regular communication and follow-up with the doctor to evaluate changes in the state of food sensitivities.
Also, in the case of severe sensitivity, the use of a ready-to-use injectable device in emergencies may be necessary with a doctor’s order.
If you have an allergic reaction, the following may help:
See a doctor immediately
In case of a severe reaction, you should see a doctor or medical center immediately.
Use of antihistamine drugs
The use of antihistamine drugs prescribed by the doctor can reduce the symptoms of allergy.
Use of ready injection device
If there is accurate information about the type of sensitivity and with the doctor’s order, the use of a ready-to-use injection device in an emergency may be necessary.
Notice to those around you
Inform people around you about your allergic reaction and how to help you.
Rest and avoid stimulants
Resting and avoiding possible stimuli that increase the allergic reaction.
Contact the helpline
In an emergency, calling an emergency number (such as 115 in many countries) can help.
Note: Always follow the doctor’s orders and avoid additional measures without medical advice.
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