May 31, 2017

Ask the Doctor – What Are the Signs of Food Allergy?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the warmer months.

Q: What are the signs your child is allergic to food?

A: Typical food allergy signs include coughing, hoarseness, rash, runny nose, tightness in throat and wheezing. Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea could be a sign of a food intolerance versus an allergic reaction. Sometimes, there can be a delayed response to a food allergy. Common food allergy triggers include peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, pecans and walnuts), eggs, fish, milk, shellfish, soy and wheat.

Typically, the best time to test smaller children on new foods for a food allergy is during breakfast or lunchtime. With a food allergy, there’s a risk of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction where a person’s airway can swell. If you are at risk of developing this your doctor may suggest that you carry an Auvi-Q or Epi-Pen.


Dr. North sees patients at Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 765-5672.

To find a Mission primary care provider, call (828) 213-3222 or request an appointment at mission-health.org/needadoc.

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