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Do you have food allergies?

Lots of kids have food allergies! Some are allergic to seafood, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts - just to name a few. So, they have to watch what they eat at all times. No cheating either!

Everyone has an immune system. That is what protects you from germs and diseases. Your immune system makes anti-bodies that help you fight off bacteria, viruses and other organisms that can make you sick. If you have a food allergy, it means your immune system mistakenly treats something in a food as if it’s dangerous to you! Your immune system releases “mast” cells to release chemicals in your bloodstream. One of these chemicals is called histamine. Histamine causes symptoms that affect your throat, respiratory system, skin, digestive system, eyes and nose.

A food allergy can either react right away or wait a few hours. Some of the signs are tightness in the throat, hoarseness, wheezing, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, hives, tingling in the tongue or lips, headache or runny nose. In the worst of cases, the tongue could swell, blood pressure can drop, breathing tubes can narrow, it affects the heart, the blood vessels and more.

Read more about some food allergies in today's Spotlight on Health!

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