Food allergies occur when the body reacts to a food or drink as though it were a threat to the body’s health. Allergies are immune system responses that can range from mild to severe. In extreme cases, food allergies can cause anaphylactic shock, which requires treatment in a hospital emergency room. The most common causes of food allergies are cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, and shellfish. Other types of fish, tree nuts (such as walnuts or pecans), sesame seeds, and soy products may also cause food allergies when consumed. Studies have shown that young children are more susceptible to food allergies than adults. Additionally, certain conditions such as eczema or other allergies may also raise the risk of developing a food allergy.
Food allergies can be successfully managed with the help of your physician in Largo. If you have questions or concerns about food allergies, contact Largo Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse hotline today by calling (727) 470-6826 for more information or a physician referral. You can also learn more about the management of food allergies and other conditions by clicking through our hospital’s extensive online health library.