Food Allergies

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Get help with food allergies

Food allergies are a common health care concern for individuals of all ages. While some reactions to food allergies are minor, severe symptoms can be debilitating. Unknown or undiagnosed food allergies have the potential to lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause severe breathing difficulties.

At Premier Allergy & Asthma, we’re here to help you or your child recognize, understand, and diagnose common food allergies with world-class care and long-term results. Contact us now at one of our 10 locations in central Ohio to schedule a consultation.

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Food allergy symptoms

Swelling and inflammation

If you’ve consumed food that triggers swelling, inflammation, and redness of the mouth, cheeks, lips, or tongue, you may have an allergy that warrants treatment and care from one of our compassionate providers.

Hives, itching, and eczema

Depending on your allergy and its extent, you may feel itchy, and redness may develop in different parts of your body. Raised red rash patches, also known as hives, may begin to form as well. Allergic eczema is common, too. The primary difference between eczema and hives is that hives develop in patches, while eczema can appear in irregular forms across the body.

Wheezing or shortness of breath

Depending on the type of food consumed and the extent of your allergy, you may begin to wheeze or feel shortness of breath.

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What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis, also sometimes called anaphylactic shock, is an extremely serious allergic reaction. Initially, the symptoms may seem mild, but as it progresses, it can result in a swollen tongue, tight chest, breathing problems, difficulties speaking and swallowing, as well as dizziness or fainting. If you ever suspect that you may be going into anaphylactic shock, call 911 as soon as possible. Immediate treatment such as an EpiPen can also be used to reverse the dangerous symptoms of anaphylaxis.

How to treat food allergies

Identifying and avoiding allergens

Before seeking treatment at one of our 10 locations, identify problematic foods and eliminate them from your diet. At Premier Allergy & Asthma, we can work with you or your child to learn about your diet, perform tests such as blood tests and skin-prick tests, and diagnose any food allergies that may be present.

Your provider will then guide you through your customized immunotherapy program to help your body build a tolerance to the foods that cause reactions. With our accelerated rush and cluster options, you can enjoy a faster treatment process and experience relief sooner than ever before.

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Epinephrine auto-injector

If you or your child has a serious food allergy that could result in anaphylaxis, an epinephrine auto-injector, also known as an EpiPen, will be prescribed. Epinephrine is a medicine that helps treat severe anaphylaxis, allowing for proper breathing and relieving the symptoms of anaphylaxis.

While this is not a replacement for medical treatment and 911 should still be called in case of anaphylaxis, an EpiPen or similar auto-injector can be life-saving for people with serious food allergies. If you are prescribed an EpiPen, keep it nearby at all times, especially when you are exposed to foods that could cause a reaction.