Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. Your immune system overreacts to certain proteins in the the offending substance called allergens. The reactions can be due to latex, insect stings, foods and medications. Usually allergic symptoms occur only in one location of the body, but some people can have more severe anaphylactic reactions. In this situation the reaction can affect more than one part of the body, at the same time. Here are some foods that can trigger these reactions.

The danger of peanuts

These are the most common cause of food-related allergy deaths. They can trigger anaphylaxis and could lead to fatality, if not treated right away. Although symptoms usually start within minutes of exposure to the allergen, they can also start more rapidly within seconds or take hours to develop. If you notice hives, inflammation, trouble breathing, dizziness or a rapid pulse, it is best to immediately call emergency services (108).

Seafood can make your condition worse

More than 50% of anaphylaxis cases are related to food. Seafood such as shrimp, shellfish, crab and lobster can trigger the condition for some people. For people who have fish or seafood allergies, even cooking vapours can trigger allergic reactions. The allergy can cause tissues to swell, airways to become blocked and people to have deadly circulation and heart problems.

The boon of dairy, wheat and eggs

Peanuts are a common allergy, however in addition to them, children can often be allergic to milk, eggs and wheat. Since they can be hidden in several commercially packaged foods, it is important to read the nutrition labels carefully. According to WebMD, the eight most common allergenic foods — milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat. Parents should keep a look out for ingredients such as milk, whey and soy (lecithin) should when feeding children.

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