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Food Allergies

Food allergies occur when the body reacts to a certain food with an unnecessary immune response, usually within 1 hour of ingesting the offending food.

An allergic reaction to food can quickly become life-threatening. If you have experienced the symptoms listed below after eating or drinking a particular food or drink and have not been evaluated or treated for this before, make an appointment to see a UHS healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Appointments

Call 911 Immediately if you have any of the following symptoms

  • Swelling of the tongue and/or throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe lightheadness/weakness or fainting
  • Itching or tingling sensation in your mouth

CALL THE UHS NURSE ADVICE LINE AT (512) 475-6877 (NURS) IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Hives
  • Vomiting/ diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Itchy, water eyes

The most common food allergies for adults are:

  • Peanuts and tree nuts
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Wheat

If you have been diagnosed with a food allergy, you can schedule an appointment with the UHS registered dietitian at (512) 471-3515. Charges apply.

If you are allergic to a specific food, it must be completely eliminated from your diet to prevent symptoms. Continued ingestion of foods that one is allergic to can result in more serious and potentially life-threatening reactions such as anaphylactic shock.

Note: Food intolerance (example: lactose intolerance) is not the same as a food allergy. The problem foods should still be avoided, but intolerances are not as serious as food allergies. Symptoms of food intolerance include gas, bloating, abdominal pain and sometimes diarrhea.

Nutrition Links

Additional Nutrition Topics
Registered Dietitian Consultations
Mindful Eating Program
Nutrition Handouts
Nutrition Peer Led Workshops
Hunger and food insecurity - UT Outpost



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