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    Signs of a Food Allergy

    Food allergy symptoms can range from mild to life threatening and may include:

    • hives
    • itching
    • rash (eczema)
    • behavioral/temper changes
    • swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or eyes
    • diarrhea
    • vomiting
    • cramps
    • itching and tightness of throat
    • difficulty breathing (asthma)
    • wheezing
    • in extreme cases, anaphylactic shock.

    Anaphylactic shock is a severe allergic reaction that often includes swelling of the face, lips, mouth and throat and it can lead to a drop in blood pressure, shock and unconsciousness. If not treated immediately with epinephrine, anaphylaxis can be fatal.

    Some children may outgrow their food allergy, although increasing evidence suggests that this autoimmune condition may take a progressive nature resulting in additional food allergies, asthma and other related conditions.

    Allergies can also involve inflammation in the lungs (asthma) and brain (ADHD).