What are Food Allergies?
Food allergies are a reaction of the immune system to certain proteins in food. Symptoms of food allergies can range from mild to severe and can include hives, swelling, vomiting, and difficulty breathing. Common food allergens include peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and wheat. Treatment for food allergies involves avoiding the offending food, carrying emergency medication (such as an epinephrine auto-injector) in case of accidental exposure, and working with a healthcare provider to develop a plan for managing symptoms.