Managing Food Allergies
Most of the time, our immune systems are our bodies’ best friends. Our immune systems keep us healthy by fighting infections and disease. However, in the case of food allergies, our immune system overreacts to a trigger, causing an allergic reaction. Food allergies are incredibly common; more than 50 million Americans have one. For some people, this means mild discomfort after ingesting certain foods; for others, it could be fatal. The most extreme allergic reaction is anaphylaxis, which impairs breathing and sends the body into shock. Managing food allergies can be difficult because so many foods that cause allergic reactions are found everywhere.
Most Common Foods That Cause Allergic ReactionsTechnically, any food can cause an allergic reaction. However, there are eight types of food that most commonly cause reactions:
- Tree nuts