Food allergies are common, but they can have a massive impact on your quality of life. If you’re struggling with a food allergy, you may often feel left out, stressed, or even endangered every time you think about eating. This can lead to disordered eating habits that follow you throughout your life, and it may even begin to have an impact on your overall mental health.
At Arrow Allergy, our allergy specialists serving Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and surrounding areas in Colorado, are determined to help you navigate a potential food allergy and eat well in a safe, healthy way. We offer expert remote solutions for a wide variety of food allergies, all from the safety and comfort of your home. We’ll provide you with an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan for your food allergy symptoms.
With an accurate diagnosis, consistent treatment, and proper guidance from an allergy expert, your food allergy does not have to dictate the way you live your life.If you’re ready to feel safe and worry-free when it comes to your food allergy, schedule your virtual appointment with Arrow Allergy today.
If you have a food allergy, your immune system reacts negatively to certain foods, believing them to be harmful foreign bodies instead of something normal that enters and nutrifies your system. While attempting to protect your body, your immune system will produce an aggressive immune response. This unnecessary response results in food allergy symptoms such as hives, rashes, nausea and swelling.
Because the allergen makes direct contact with your throat, severe food allergies are particularly dangerous, as they can cause you to enter anaphylactic shock. During this frightening phenomenon, your throat may begin to close, and you may struggle to breathe. Anaphylaxis can be life threatening, which is why it’s extremely important to have an accurate diagnosis for your food allergy and develop an emergency plan in case of accidental exposure.
If you’ve had an adverse reaction to any food, don’t rule out an allergy as the cause. Schedule a virtual appointment with Arrow Allergy and request a food allergy test as soon as you possibly can. Then, we can begin developing your custom allergy treatment plan, which will likely involve emergency measures to protect you from anaphylaxis should you ever accidentally come into contact with your allergen.
You may recognize food allergy symptoms within seconds of eating the irritating food. Some of the most common symptoms we see at Arrow Allergy include:
One particularly dangerous symptom of a food allergy is anaphylaxis, during which swelling in your throat will make it difficult to breath. Anaphylaxis is serious, and can be fatal without quick intervention. If someone near you appears to be in anaphylactic shock, call 911 immediately.
Any food can potentially be an allergen. However, some of the most common foods we see causing allergic reactions at Arrow Allergy include:
To begin diagnosing your food allergy, your Arrow Allergy specialist will send you a safe, accurate finger-stick test, which you can use at home and send back to us for analysis. Once we confirm that your symptoms are due to a food allergy, we can begin remotely developing a customized treatment plan.
Your allergy specialist will likely prescribe medication to help you manage your symptoms. If you are prone to severe swelling and in danger of going into anaphylaxis, we may also prescribe you with a rescue EpiPen to use in an emergency. Your doctor will communicate closely with you through this process to ensure that you know exactly how to use this tool when you need it.