An allergy is our immune system’s hypersensitive reaction to a harmless substance that it feels is a potential threat to the body. In such cases, the immune system acts in a rather over-zealous manner. However, in doing so, it does more harm than good. And the recipient isn’t amused at this behavior as she has to suffer the effects of the immune system’s “fight” against the harmless foreign substance.
This is the reason why millions of people around the world suffer from a variety of allergies against a range of common “allergens” (allergy-causing substances). Allergies are of different kinds, depending upon which system they target. Respiratory allergies like asthma and allergic rhinitis are common. Many individuals also suffer from food allergies.
Food allergies affect around 32 million Americans. This is a frighteningly large number. And these individuals are allergic to foods like milk, eggs, tree nuts, shellfish, peanuts, wheat, soy and fish, among others.
When a person suffering from a particular food allergy happens to consume the “rogue food,” she can experience symptoms that can range from mild discomfort to potentially life-threatening. Every three minutes, a food allergic reaction sends someone to the emergency room. This gives you an idea of the economic and health burden food allergies put on the national medicare system.
The best way for a food allergy sufferer is to keep away from rogue foods. But in this day and age when most of us eat on the go, travel to foreign lands on business and have to rely on packed meals, it is very difficult to keep track of what we have eaten and what we are eating.
Maintaining a food journal helps in more ways than one. It helps us keep track of what we have eaten and any symptoms we might have experienced post that meal. This will help us keep away from that food in the future.
When a person is suffering from a food allergy, the onus is on her to keep herself safe. While technology can be of great assistance, pooled community knowledge can make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.
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