Common Food Allergies in Adults Q&A
Are you experiencing symptoms of trouble breathing, nausea, or dizziness following a specific food? Most probably, you are suffering from a food allergy. Visit our compassionate and caring doctors at Primary Care Center for treatment you can trust. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster, TX 77598. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What do food allergies look like in adults?
What are the common food allergy symptoms in adults?
How do I find out what foods I’m intolerant to?
What is the difference between food intolerance and a food allergy?
There are dozens—even hundreds—of different types of allergies and a myriad of different symptoms that can manifest as a result of this overreaction of the immune system. People with allergies often experience swelling, redness, itching, or rashes, but may also have trouble breathing or experience anaphylactic shock in severe situations. There are a variety of common allergens, and many people with allergies are allergic to more than one. People who are allergic to peanuts, for example, may also be allergic to tree nuts and shellfish.
Food allergies in adults can take on many different forms, ranging from mild symptoms such as localized hives that go away after an hour to severe, life-threatening allergic reactions that involve airways closing and require immediate hospitalization. The most common allergies in adults include:
• Tree nuts
After eating a triggering food or food substance, food allergy symptoms can take just minutes or up to six hours to manifest. Common signs and symptoms of a food allergy include any of the following within a few hours after eating:
• Stomach cramps
• Shortness of breath
• Trouble swallowing
Food allergies can even cause severe symptoms, including any of the following:
• Circulatory collapse
• Weakened pulse
• Skin that turns pale or blue
• Feeling dizzy
• Swollen tongue
A food allergy could trigger anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can shut down all of the body’s systems, including the respiratory system, causing a person to stop breathing.
The best way to find out what foods you are intolerant to, as well as what foods you may be allergic to, is by visiting an experienced doctor at an allergy clinic, such as Primary Care Center. At our clinic, our doctors can help you determine what allergens are triggering your reactions and develop a treatment plan that will adequately address all of your concerns and improve your quality of life.
Physical reactions to certain foods are common, but in most cases, these symptoms are caused by a food intolerance rather than a food allergy. The two conditions are often confused because a food intolerance can cause some of the same signs and symptoms as a food allergy. A food allergy affects the immune system. Even small amounts of the offending food (allergen) can trigger a variety of symptoms, which can range from mild and mostly serve as a nuisance, to severe and life-threatening, requiring immediate emergency medical attention. On the other hand, food intolerance often affects only the digestive system and causes less severe symptoms, sometimes not needing medical care.
Furthermore, a person with food intolerance may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble and may even be able to prevent a reaction. For example, a person with lactose intolerance may be able to drink lactose-free milk or take lactase enzyme pills to aid digestion and prevent adverse symptoms, such as IBS.
The causes of food intolerance include:
• Absence of enzymes needed to digest food
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Sensitivity to food additives
If you or someone you love is exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a food allergy, come get tested at Primary Care Center for a definitive answer! Contact us today, book an online appointment for food allergy treatment and testing, or visit our clinic: We are the Primary Care Center at We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster, TX 77598. We serve patients from Webster TX, Seabrook TX, Friendswood TX, League City TX, Nassau Bay TX, and surrounding areas. We look forward to serving you!
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