Food-related allergies are some of the worst kinds of allergies a person can experience. Usually, major food allergies begin early in life. They often begin when infants and babies are introduced to solid food. Small children also experience food allergies, although they can happen to anyone at any point in life.
We offer oral immunotherapy (OIT) services for peanut allergies, milk allergies, wheat allergies and egg allergies. These are the most common food allergies. We also see and treat people for other types of food allergies. This is a more complete list of the types of OIT treatment options available.
- Milk Allergy Treatment
- Egg Allergy Treatment
- Soy Allergy Treatment
- Wheat Allergy Treatment
- Peanut Allergy Treatment
- Tree Nut Allergy Treatment
- Sesame Allergy Treatment
- Chickpea Allergy Treatment
Regardless of the type of food allergy you have, you will find yourself and your loved ones in good hands with Dr. Anna George and The Woodlands Allergy Center. We are the only oral immunotherapy center treating food allergies in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas of Houston. Oral immunotherapy gives infants, babies, young people and adults the ability to start eating foods that would have made them sick before, or had to be completely off limits.
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Food allergies affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults. They are most common in young children, but allergies to food can appear at any age and to any food. There are eight types of foods responsible for 90% of all reactions. Those are milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Symptoms of food allergy can be unpredictable and vary from mild to severe between reactions. The most severe symptom is anaphylaxis, a life-threatening whole-body reaction that can impair breathing, affect heart rate and cause a dramatic drop in your blood pressure within minutes of exposure to the trigger food. This reaction can be fatal and must be treated quickly with an injection of epinephrine.
Many adults with allergic rhinitis experience oral allergy syndrome. This type of food allergy occurs due to cross-reactivity between the proteins of plants and typically causes isolated mouth itching and swelling. An example would be ragweed allergy causing sensitivity to melons. Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) often develops in infancy when a baby is introduced to formula or food. FPIES can be severe and cause vomiting, diarrhea and even shock due to severe dehydration. Most common triggers are cow milk, soy, and grains. Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is an allergic condition where certain food proteins cause inflammation of the esophagus. Young children usually present with recurrent abdominal pain or vomiting, while teenagers and adults most often have difficulty swallowing. EoE is diagnosed with an endoscopy and biopsy of the esophagus. Allergists and gastroenterologists work together to help these patients.
Many people who have symptoms with foods have food intolerance rather than food allergy. Being evaluated by an allergist and understanding the difference between the two is very important.