Fight Food Allergies
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Fight Food Allergies

Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of food allergies -- or avoid reactions? Take our quiz and find out.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Who experiences food allergies more often?

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The correct answer is: Children are more likely to have a food allergy, but total incidence of food allergy is actually very low. Up to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults have a food allergy.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eight foods are responsible for 90 percent of all food-related allergic reactions.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Eight foods are responsible for 90 percent of food allergy reactions. The culprits: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of a food allergy in children and adults?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Other symptoms of a food allergy include vomiting, abdominal cramps, swelling of the tongue and throat, hives, drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and even death.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of a food allergy in infants?

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The correct answer is: A child who is not growing as expected may be showing signs of a possible food allergy. When your child is allergic to a food, the body is continually inflamed as a result of the reaction to the food. This may prevent it from properly absorbing nutrients that help the child grow.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: All food allergy reactions will occur within three minutes of eating the food.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Symptoms can appear within just minutes of coming in contact with a food, but it can also take up to two hours.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Having a parent or sibling with a food allergy does not increase your chances of having a food allergy.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A family history of food allergy is one of the factors that could increase your risk of developing a food allergy.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

A person with a corn allergy may have to avoid which of these products?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. These are products that may contain corn and cause a reaction in people with a corn allergy. Corn and corn derivatives are used in medications, household cleaning supplies and many kinds of process foods. Corn syrup is also used in food products, such as ketchup, candy, cereals and vanilla extract.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: A person can develop an allergy to all foods.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A food allergy is caused by an allergy to a protein in the food, so if a food contains no protein, you can't be allergic to it. However, people who are allergic to a lot of different foods may not be able to eat a balanced diet, which can cause a variety of problems and complications.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these diets is designed for a person with a wheat allergy?

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The correct answer is: A gluten-free diet is designed for a person who is allergic to wheat. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, so avoiding foods made with gluten can help people with a gluten allergy avoid reactions.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

A person with a wheat allergy may have to avoid which of these products?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Other foods that are sometimes made with wheat include gin, frozen fruit, canned and frozen vegetables, salad dressings, candy, cakes, cookies and donuts.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Self-diagnosis is the only way to diagnose a food allergy.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A lot of people rely on self-diagnosis, but you should use a combination of tests to determine what your food allergies are. To reach a diagnosis, your doctor will want you to keep a food journal (where you have recorded what you ate and the reactions you had to the foods) and an antigen test. During an antigen test, you will be exposed to possible allergens, and your doctor will note which ones you respond most severely to.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you have a food intolerance, you are allergic to that food.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you have a food intolerance, you do not have a food allergy. A food intolerance is much more common, but it can cause many of the same symptoms as a food allergy. While you may feel ill after eating a food if you have an intolerance to it, an intolerance will never cause a deadly reaction the way a food allergy could.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most children outgrow egg allergies.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Seventy percent of children will outgrow an egg allergy. Most will do so by the age of five, but some take longer.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

If you have an egg allergy, you might have a reaction to which one of these products?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you or your child has a food allergy to eggs and are exposed to one of them, you may have an allergic reaction. Eggs are used in many everyday products, so talk to your doctor about how you can avoid those products if you or your child have an egg allergy.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Adults who develop a food allergy typically outgrow the allergy by age 50.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you develop a food allergy as an adult, you will most likely have it for the remainder of your life.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these doctors treats food allergies?

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The correct answer is: Both an allergist/immunologist can diagnose, treat and manage food allergies, as well as asthma and immunologic disorders.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the treatment for a food allergy?

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The correct answer is: Currently, the only treatment available for food allergy is strict avoidance of the food. As a backup plan, medicines can treat the reaction if you come in contact with a food.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

People with severe food allergies may need to keep which of these medicines with them at all times?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above. People with severe allergies may need to keep epinephrine pen and antihistamines, such as Benadryl, with them at all times to treat emergency reactions. If your child has a severe allergy, you may also need to leave some of these medicines at his school or daycare.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When is a food allergy reaction an emergency?

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The correct answer is: A food allergy reaction becomes an emergency when you develop signs of anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing, a drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness. These reactions require immediate medical attention.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you are allergic to one food, you may also be allergic to other foods like it.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Being allergic to one type of food may mean you are allergic to other foods that are similar to it. For example, people who are allergic to crab may also be allergic to lobster and shrimp, which are also shellfish.

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Allergies

Allergies

About one out of five Americans suffers from allergies. An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance such as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold. Other common triggers include foods such as peanuts and ...

milk; insect bites; and certain ingredients in cosmetics and jewelry. Allergies can cause anything from rashes and hives to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, and wheezing.
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