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Managing Food Allergies

October 30, 2019

 

 

Why Do We Get Allergies?

Our body is naturally resistant to many viruses and bacteria, thanks to the immune system that detects foreign substances.

 

Unfortunately, some people have an altered immune system and those with allergies have an over-reactive immunity that overreacts to allergens e.g. mold, dust, certain types of foods as well as medications.

 

Allergies can show up in different forms, but the most common of them are hives, rashes, swollen eyes or throat. If you know or suspect that you are allergic to certain foods, or if you are having allergic reactions but do not know where it’s stemming from, the best way forward is to first seek medical treatment. It will take much of the guesswork out of the equation.

 

When it comes to managing skin allergies, food can play a significant role.

 

 

Find Out What Your Triggers Are

 

  1. Visit a clinic

Visit a women’s health clinic, consult with your lady doctor in Singapore and work with her to find out what your triggers are.

 

Your doctor might order a panel of tests for you to help determine your allergies, and while these tests might not always be 100% accurate, they will give you a direction when it comes to food elimination.

 

You should also work hand in hand with your dietitian, who will help you figure out the best diet for your body. Every person’s body is different – Nut milks might be good for someone who is lactose intolerant, but will not work out well for someone with a nut allergy (yikes!).

 

It is also advisable to keep a food journal and log down the times your allergy flares up – this will be useful in helping you detect patterns related to your allergies.

 

With food allergies, you will also want to be very conscious of what you eat. Pay attention to even the slightest details like colourings and preservatives as some people can have allergic reactions to these additives. Before buying anything, always read the labels!

 

 

Common Food Triggers

Here are some common food triggers:

 

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat
  • Soy

 

 

          2) Always ask before you eat

Food allergies can be tricky to manage – especially if you are eating out. However, do not hesitate to ask the waiter/waitress about the ingredients that go into your meal. Allergies can be a life or death matter, and as long as you ask politely, most restaurants would be happy to oblige the best they can.

 

         3) Don’t forget the pills

Lastly, remember to bring your prescribed medications with you wherever you go. With food allergies, one can never be too sure. Spills, splatters and cross contaminations happen in the kitchen all the time so it’s vital to be well prepared should your allergies flare up.

 

In all, it’s best to seek expert advice from medical practitioners who can provide you with the solutions you need. For food and skin allergy treatment, contact Healthsprings Medical Associates at 9728 7793. We have medical outlets at Orchard, Bukit Panjang, Sengkang, and Woodleigh (opening soon).

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