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This blog is a journal of our struggles with food allergies and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs). ("DD" stands for "dear daughter", so whenever you see it in the blog it is referring to my daughter and our personal experience.) My hope is for this blog to be a source of information and support to others who might be trying to investigate, diagnose, treat, or live with, food allergies and EGIDs. Feel free to leave comments with suggestions or requests of what you would like to see on this blog. This is a work in progress. :)

Types of Allergies

Food allergies can encompass a wide range of symptoms and reactions. Often, people think of "true" allergies being the kind that cause anaphylactic reactions, although this is just one type of reaction. I find it easiest to refer to DD food intolerances as allergies when we are in the general public, or people will just write them off as no big deal. Allergies are allergies- whether they cause digestive problems, or a rash, or anaphylaxis. The actual definition of allergy is an immunological response to a substance.

There are many different types of allergic reactions. I've found numerous ways that they can be classified, so I will just give you the basics.
  • Immediate-reaction allergy - This is an IgE mediated, anaphylactic reaction. Often referred to as "true" allergies. Reactions can be severe and life-threatening.
  • Delayed-reaction allergy - These are mediated by antibodies other than IgE (IgG, IgM, IgA, etc.) Most food intolerances fall into this category. Reactions often show up from several hours to several days after exposure to a substance, and cause an inflammatory response in the body which can show up in a variety of ways- digestive issues, skin issues, etc.
See the allergy symptoms link for more information on symptoms of each allergy type.

Other things that could cause allergy-type symptoms:
  • Food chemical sensitivity - This isn't actually an allergy (in the sense that it doesn't involve the immune system), but a reaction to specific naturally-occurring chemicals in foods. Most common sensitivities are to salicylates, amines, and others like sulfates and nitrates. Here's a website with more information. FAILSAFE diet is usually recommended.
  • OAS (oral allergy syndrome) - This condition usually causes allergy-type symptoms (itching, burning) in the mouth when eating certain raw foods, such as fruits or nuts. It's most common in people with environmental allergies, as it's the pollen that you're reacting to. Many people can tolerate the foods if they're cooked (fruit) or soaked (nuts).

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