Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. Specifically, Americans struggle tremendously with food issues, but, unfortunately, it’s not just carbs and sugar that causes problems. Major and minor allergic reactions can strike just about anyone at any time and lead to terrible medical concerns.
Major allergic reactions need to be handled by medical professionals right away, but minor ones can be a little more manageable, although they are still dangerous. Here are some great tips for handling minor allergic reactions and preventing them altogether:
Carefully read and understand every food label
The majority of allergic reactions can be traced back to the person neglecting to read food labels. A study showed that consumers with concerns about food allergies do read labels, but they don’t always understand them. Food allergens are often placed on labels with “manufactured” or “may contain” tags. If you have any allergies, make sure you carefully read every line of a food label.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that all food labels on products across the United States must list all ingredients that could potentially cause an allergic reaction.
Here are the eight most allergic foods to be aware of:
- Tree nuts
Additionally, food allergens are always identified on labels in one of three ways, including:
- Ingredient name
- After the ingredient name
- After the ingredients listed
Recognize allergic reaction symptoms
Whether you have lived with food allergies in the past or not, it’s imperative that everyone fully understands how to properly identity allergic reaction symptoms. Here are some of the most common allergic reaction symptoms that you need to be aware of:
- Itching, redness, hives, swelling, rash, and red bumps on the skin.
- Itching, tearing, redness, and swelling around the eyes.
- Swelling of the tongue, lips, or palate — as well as mouth itching.
- Runny nose, nasal congestion, dry couch, itchy throat, and other upper respiratory issues.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Anaphylaxis is the most important symptom to be aware of. Here are some of the best ways to identify whether or not you’re experiencing anaphylactic shock:
- Two or more of the symptoms mentioned above
- A severe drop in blood pressure leading to fainting or feeling weak
- Impaired breathing or loss of conciseness.
If you want to learn more about treating and preventing minor allergic reactions, or are in need of immediate treatment, head to Island Urgent Care centers right away.