Most Common Food Allergens

Most people are not aware of the food items they are allergic to. Here is a list of most common food allergens.

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It is surprising to know that majority of people do not realize that they are allergic to certain food items, in India, while those living in the west are well-aware of what not to eat to avoid any health problems.

Food allergies occur when a sensitive person eats, inhales, or comes into contact with even tiny amounts of certain foods. These reactions occur with exposure to proteins called allergens and can be very mild or may be life-threatening.

Food allergies are becoming more and more common. There has been an increase in severe food allergy cases in the last 10 years, mostly driven by peanut and tree nut allergies.

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In children, the most common food allergies are:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Hen’s eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Soybeans
  • Wheat

In adults, the most common food allergies are:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Crustaceans (such as shrimp, crabs, and lobster)
  • Mollusks (such as clams, oysters, and mussels)
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

Symptoms tend to occur just after eating, inhaling, or coming into contact with the offending food. Symptoms may include reddening of the skin, hives, itchy skin, swollen lips or eyelids, tightness of the throat, wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing, vomiting, or diarrhea.

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“Unfortunately, the only treatment we have is avoidance,” Oppenheimer says. “But I have several suggestions that help. One is to wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. And for restaurants, I am a big fan of giving the server a card that shows what you are allergic to, and having the chef sign the card to make sure you aren’t given anything you’re allergic to.”

Did you know? Packaging of food products also matters, when it comes to food safety?

Outgrowing Food Allergies

The new guidelines stress repeated testing to see whether a food allergy fades over time.

Many children with food allergies become tolerant to those foods over time. This is most likely to happen with allergies to cow’s milk, hen’s eggs, wheat, and soybeans. It’s least likely to happen with peanut, tree-nut, and seafood allergies.

Source: Web MD

Anti-Dengue Fogging is a False Sense of Security ; Ineffective Measure for 25 Years


A Delhi based green NGO, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has recently urged the government to focus on more effective measures for combating the largely spread Dengue, as the current measures of Fogging have been ineffective.

According to the NGO, the Anti-Dengue Fogging drives are nothing but a false sense of security among the public, a measure that is used by the Government’s for appeasement by wasting lakhs of litres of Diesel every year. CSE urged the government to focus on systematic preventive measures towards clean environment and sanitation. Its assessment said that 4.5 lakh litre of diesel could be used this year for fogging, which comes to 4,500 litres of diesel per day and is also equivalent to the usage of diesel by 2,000 cars in a day. CSE said that targeting adult mosquitoes offers temporary control and that too in limited settings and under ideal conditions and unless repeated frequently, fogging cannot control the next batch of adults out of the larvae. Thus, a source control is a must, using larvacides, to destroy the larva, and effectively prevent public from Dengue. The WHO guidelines on dengue too “questions” the role of fogging and recognises that fogging has been used by South-East Asian countries for the past 25 years but has not been effective.

“Medical experts suggest that direct inhalation of diesel fumes, combined with insecticides, can exacerbate asthma or bronchitis among those with respiratory ailments.

“Pregnant women, small children and old people are most susceptible to aggravation. Eye specialists also mention that diesel fumes can also cause irritation and itching on skin and eyes. Prolonged exposure could lead to temporary swelling of the corneas,” CSE said.

Source : NDTV