Many people across the developed world experience food allergy symptoms from time to time. This article attempts to explore the different treatment programs that are used by the patients to recover from food allergies and some practical tips for coping with the signs of the condition.

Generally speaking food allergy is not as common as some of the other forms although the nut allergy has received a very high profile due to its fatal consequences. It is very important to distinguish this condition from food intolerance which is common but not as serious. Milk in particular is problematic for some people especially if they have taken a long time without consuming the food substance. There is also a distinction between the allergens that affect young children and those that affect adults. For example children are capable of outgrowing their condition while adults rarely do so.
From diagnosis to treatment: The history of the patient is an important factor in coming up with allergy treatment programs. For example the clinician might recommend that a food diary is constructed in order to ascertain the links between the reaction and the items that have been consumed. An elimination program can be constructed without necessarily reducing the effectiveness of a balanced diet.The statistical outlook: It has been discovered that about 3% of adults suffer while between 6% and 8% of children will have some sort of allergenic reaction. However the public perceives the rates to be much higher than the reality. This is because intolerance is sometimes taken to be a full reaction to an allergen. It is only in cases of toxicity that proper research is undertaken.Proteins and their role: Normally the foods that will trigger a reaction will have proteins that resist the heat that is used in the ordinary cookery process. They are also able to overcome the processes that are triggered by enzymes and stomach acid. Consequently they are able to break the gastrointestinal lining to enter the bloodstream thus leading to the reaction. Heredity plays an important role.

Does the reaction indicate an immune imbalance? Normally there will be an antibody known as IgE or immunoglobulin E which freely circulates in the bloodstream. It affects the mast cell which is a repository for histamines which are released during an episode. These cells are found in the skin, throat, nose, stomach and lunch. That is where the symptoms are primarily felt.

An expert in allergy treatments for food allergens has participated in the research for this article.