Over 200,000 emergency room visits every year are caused by allergic reactions to food. An estimated 15 million Americans have some form of food allergy, the symptoms of which can vary from an itchy mouth to potentially deadly anaphylaxis. Other signs of an allergic reaction include rashes, breathing issues, intestinal discomfort, and circulation problems.
"Allergies to anything can occur at any age," says Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, author of Food Allergies: A Complete Guide to Eating When Your Life Depends on It. So when you suspect you are having an allergic reaction to something you ate – even if you've eaten it before without issue – you should talk with your doctor. If you find you aren't sure what is causing an allergy, look to the ten foods listed here. After all, some 90 percent of allergies are caused by just a handful of products – milk, eggs, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy.
Fruits and Vegetables
People with fruit and vegetable allergies generally also have hay fever because some tree and weed pollens share characteristics with certain fruit and vegetable proteins. Such allergies often develop in adulthood. "As older children, teenagers, and adults get more pollen allergies, they end up possibly having more problems with raw fruits and vegetables," says Sicherer. These allergies are usually mild, with symptoms like an itchy mouth or throat, and can be addressed by heating fruits and veggies prior to consumption.
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