Updated 24 May 2017

Food allergies can be dangerous

Every now and then you find yourself scratching some nasty hives, and you're pretty sure food allergies are the problem.

Every now and then you find yourself scratching some nasty hives, and you're pretty sure something you ate caused the problem.

You may be right. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, says food allergies also can cause a tingling in the mouth, swelling of the tongue and throat, difficulty breathing, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, a drop in blood pressure, even death.

Unfortunately, there's no cure for food allergies. But you should see your doctor to deal with the problem. He may ask you to keep a diary of what you eat for a couple of weeks and note any adverse reactions that follow meals. If a food allergy is causing your problems, you'll have to avoid the offending food altogether.

- (HealthDayNews, updated July 2008)


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