Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Symptoms of Food Sensitivities/Allergies

Many people ask me what happens if I eat a food to which I'm allergic. That's tough to answer because each allergy causes a different reaction. And it's different for everyone. I do have reactions that are approaching anaphylactic, but that's rare for me.

For all those who are wondering why I choose to refrain from the amazing goodness of breaded cheese sticks and marinara sauce (Oh, I miss you!), here is a list of possible side effects created by Margaret Evans of Dynamic Choices.

A ) SKIN

  • itching—any body part
  • eczema
  • recurrent hives
  • fungal infections (athlete's foot or yeast infections)
  • excessive sweating particularly at night
  • acne
  • family history of skin problems
  • skin problems as a baby

B ) Nervous System

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • difficulty sleeping
  • excessive tiredness
  • sensitive to cold or heat
  • nightmares
  • mood swings
  • negative, apathetic attitude
  • difficulty learning sequential concepts such as telling time
  • poor memory
  • weak organizational skills
  • unexplained crying spells
  • angry outbursts
  • restlessness
  • short attention span
  • unusual twitches or tics
  • outbursts of foul language
  • unusual repetitive behaviours
  • learning disabilities
  • hyperactive behaviour
  • excessive sensitivity to being touched
  • diagnosed with autism by physician

C ) Eyes and Vision

  • increased sensitivity to light
  • excessive blinking
  • excessive rubbing of eyes
  • tired, watery eyes
  • itchy or red eyes
  • dark circles or bags under eyes
  • difficulty following moving objects with eyes
  • difficulty keeping place when reading
  • crossed eyes

D ) Ears

  • chronic ear infections
  • decreased ability to hear
  • increased sensitivity to noise
  • ringing in the ears
  • repeated courses of antibiotics
  • date of 1st dose of antibiotics

E ) Nose

  • chronic stuffy, runny nose
  • repeated rubbing and itching
  • excessive sneezing
  • repeated sinus infections
  • reduced or heightened sense of smell
  • nose bleeds
  • pain from blocked sinuses

F ) Mouth and Throat

  • bad taste in mouth
  • bad breath
  • chronic tonsillitis
  • hoarse voice
  • persistent and recurrent canker sores
  • constant clearing of throat
  • swollen, red, cracked lips
  • excessive thirst, particularly for carbonated drinks
  • sucking on fingers or clothes

G ) Lungs

  • persistent cough, particularly at night
  • family history of asthma
  • asthma (diagnosed by MD)
  • recurrent croup as a child
  • recurrent bronchitis
  • recurrent pneumonia
  • taking asthma medications

H ) Digestive Tract

  • bloating and excessive gas
  • recurrent hiccoughs
  • increased or decreased appetite
  • itchy, red, area around anus
  • recurrent diarrhea
  • recurrent constipation
  • chronic stomach aches
  • tendency to become overweight easily
  • underweight for age
  • soiling of underwear with feces
  • hemorrhoids
  • history of colic as an infant
  • family history of digestive complaints
  • chronic esophageal reflux

I ) Muscles and Joints

  • swollen feet and legs
  • cold hands and feet
  • muscles cramps and spasms, particularly at night
  • muscle stiffness, particularly in the morning
  • sore, aching muscles
  • muscle weakness on exertion
  • numbness in fingers or toes
  • fibromyalgia

J ) Urinary and Genital Tract

  • frequent need to urinate
  • bed wetting past age 3
  • wetting during the day past age 3
  • urgent need to urinate
  • history of recurrent bladder infections
  • red, inflamed genital area
  • itchy genital area
  • heavy or irregular menstrual periods
  • increase or decrease in sex drive
  • genital sores
  • recurrent vaginal yeast infections
  • HIV positive