Do Food Allergies Affect Your Strolls?

Will the fact that you have a food allergy affect daily walks?

Hello from Jonson H

At first glance you may think that, no it won’t. But is that the complete or only answer to this seemingly simple question?

In my opinion, no it’s not.

As I said, at first glance there’s no real connection between a food allergy and a good walk. Yet there are some seemingly tenuous connections that we maybe need to think about.

So let’s take a quick  lok at what food allergies are all about. Then, maybe later, I’ll include a couple of other  posts that dig a bit deeper into them. Because some people havc alllergies that they are completely unaware of. Allergies that impact their lives in ways that they don’t know about either.

Food Allergy Overview and How to Fight It

It can be annoying when you smell the delicious aroma of a meal, only to find out that it has an ingredient to which you are allergic? Ah! The dilemma of every person with a food allergy! It is no fun  watching your family, friends and others  devour food that seems so delicious. And you are forces to sit and watch. Often green with envy. Knowing that eating even a speck of it will bring you completely undone. How often  have you heard someone that the food is  great food, when you haven’t been able to even put it into your mouth. Let alone chew it and swallow it. Sometimes, life is so bloody unfair, isn’t it? You  just can’t bear to admit you are allergic to something in it. So you simply smile as if you knew how it tasted.

Then you lok around, trying to find answers to your own questions. Like what is food allergy? Why me? What are causing these annoying symptoms? What’s happens inside my body during allergic reactions? Will I really die if I eat that? do I want to tempt fate? why do I need to carry an epi-pen with me all the damn time?

Ah! Understanding ones own health condition will better help you accept and overcome whatever’s bothering you.

To start with, food allergy is an unusual reaction to certain type of food allergen. An allergen is the substance or thing that causes the allergic reactions. Exposure to the allergen sets off the alarm in the human immune system which consequently releases antibodies to fight off the invasion of what your body perceives to be  foreign body. A foreign body  that is the food allergen. It then causes the symptoms you would see when you are in a state of allergic reaction.

The aforementioned is just an overview of the whole picture. Looking more closely, allergic reactions undergo two courses of action. The initial course is the release of immunoglobulin E or IgE by the immune system into the blood stream. IgE is a food-specific antibody, and a protein that is the body’s immune defense against the food allergen.

Following the initial response is the attachment of the IgE to what are known as the mast cells. These mast cells are present in body tissues specially locations of the body where allergic reactions are common. These locations may include the lungs, skin, nasal and oral cavities, and the gastrointestinal system.

As for the food itself, you may have noticed that you are not just allergic to one type of food. There are instances that you experience an allergic reaction to oyster and then later you found out that you are also allergic to crabs and other seafoods. This occurrence is what medical professionals call cross-reactivity, wherein an individual can be allergic to closely related or similar types of foods. The seemingly crazy thing is that you can be allergic to shellfish but you will have no problems with tucking into a piece of trout.

The only way to deal with this unfortunate mishap is to try as best as you can to avoid the foods that set off allergic reactions in your body. There is no cure to food allergy but there are medications out there that can alleviate its symptoms. With the help of your doctor, you can be assisted in the ways you can avoid exposures to food allergens. Nutritionists also, may teach you alternative ingredients or foods to replace the food that will have to be eliminated from your diet. Also, you should make it a habit to check food labels for possible ingredients that you may be allergic with. Check with your host or hostess when you are invited somewhere for dinner. The same applies to when you dine out. Do not hesitate to warn the restaurant employees, like the waiter, about your food allergy to prevent any unwanted accidents.

Individuals who are highly allergic are advised to put on medical alert necklaces or bracelets which declare your condition. As for the medications, some patients who are very vulnerable are also advised to bring with them at all times a self-injectible epinephrine or epi-pen as it is sometimes known, which is prescribed by your doctor. These can be of great help during sudden attacks of allergic reactions, before seeking out for the assistance of an emergency team.

Other medications are antihistamines, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids. Antihistamines help improve symptoms of rhinitis, hives, rashes, and gastrointestinal problems. Corticosteroids alleviate the severity of inflammations of the skin and in other areas of the body. While bronchodilators are utilized to open up air passages of the respiratory tract that has become inflamed which would have resulted to breathing difficulties.

To understand more about your food allergies, you should  consult your physician. There are also comprehensive books in the market that can be easily understood by just about anybody that has complete information about food allergies and how to fight it.

Again. I have no knowledge about allergies. But I do have family members who have allergies. And I have an intolerance to some things myself. I’ll probably write a post about food intolerance later.

For now, just know that you are not alone. There are countless others swit allergies like you.

As for your walk, then you should always be careful whe  walking. But enjoy it nonetheless.

 

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