Allergy

Updated 23 June 2014

Eight villains to avoid

Although any food can potentially trigger an allergy, 90% of the life-threatening reactions are caused by 8 foods: peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, tree nuts, soy, fish and shellfish.

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Although any food can potentially trigger an allergy, 90% of the life-threatening reactions are caused by eight foods: peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, tree nuts, soy, fish and shellfish. Cow's milk, eggs, wheat and soy are the most common sources of food allergies in children. An early peanut allergy may last a lifetime.

Take action: In highly allergic people even minute amounts of a food allergen – 1/44,000 of a peanut kernel, for instance – can prompt an allergic reaction. Read labels carefully to determine if packaged foods have been produced in a factory where nuts are processed. Avoid the product at all costs.

Read more:
Common Allergies
Allergy Triggers
Anatomy of a sneeze

 

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Dr Morris is the Principal Allergist at the Cape Town and Johannesburg Allergy Clinics with postgraduate diplomas in Allergology, Dermatology, Paediatrics and Family Medicine dealing with both adult and childhood allergies.

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