Each of us has experienced an allergic reaction at least once in our lives. This is a common state. Allergic reactions range from simple itching to life-threatening anaphylactic reactions that can lead to death. In most of the cases, we blame to food. This is how Ayurveda treats food allergies and similar diseases
How to define food allergy?
An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction triggered by the body’s own immune system. A food allergy is reaction of an immune system that occurs immediately after eating certain foods.
Epidemiological studies show that food allergy is an increasing problem in most developing countries. It affects 6 to 8% of children under 3 years of age and about 3% of adults.
There are three main groups of food allergies:
IgE-mediated response (immunoglobulin E). This is an immediate reaction that occurs within 2 hours of ingestion.
Non-IgE-mediated response: Delayed response that occurs 4–28 hours after ingestion.
If you have a mixed food allergy, your immune system recognizes the food as harmful. The immune system causes cells to release immunoglobulin E to neutralize food particles.
The next time we eat this food, IgE signals the immune system to release a chemical called histamine, which causes an allergic reaction.
Common food allergens for adults
Cow’s milk, Wheat, and eggs etc.
food allergy symptoms
some tingling or itching sensation in the mouth
hives, itchy walks, or eczema
Swelling on the lips, on the face, on the tongue, and on the throat or other parts of the body
wheezing, stuffy nose, or trouble breathing
Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea, Nausea, Vomiting
dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting