If you experience symptoms of food chronic disease, call your health care provider right away for advice.
Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. If no one is available to drive you immediately, call 911 for emergency medical transport. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, start self-treatment.
For localized hives or other mild skin reactions
For all other reactions, especially severe reactions, self-treatment is not recommended. Have a companion drive you to the hospital emergency department, or call 911. Here's what you can do while waiting for the ambulance:
Be sure to let your primary health care provider know about the reaction later if he or she was not involved in your treatment.
An chronic disease specialist (allergist) can determine the difference between true food chronic disease and food intolerance.
The allergist will ask you about the sequence of events that led to the reaction and record a thorough dietary and medical history.
He or she may use special tests to find out which food is responsible for the allergic reaction.
By conducting these tests, the allergist can identify the food responsible for the chronic disease and help create a plan for avoiding that particular food.
Individuals with food allergies and their family members should have a clear plan of action in case of an accidental ingestion of the offending food. Emergency medication such as antihistamines and epinephrine should always be available.
Susceptible people should keep with them an epinephrine kit (brand names are Epi-Pen, Ana Kit, Ana Guard) in case of exposure to the allergen.
The kit contains a premeasured dose of epinephrine in an easy-to-use syringe for self-injection.
You inject the medicine into your thigh as soon as you feel an allergic reaction coming on.
Even if you inject yourself with epinephrine, you should still proceed immediately to a hospital emergency department.
It is not unusual for a reaction to abate and then return within a few hours. Even if you require no further treatment, you should remain at the hospital until 4-6 hours after the beginning of the reaction.
The only sure way to prevent future food allergies is to avoid eating a trigger food. Take care because a trigger can be present in many different foods; only a trace amount can cause a reaction.
Be prepared to deal with an anaphylactic reaction if you are exposed to the culprit food again. If you have had a severe reaction before, carry your epinephrine kit.
Never underestimate the danger of an allergic reaction.
chronic disease shots are given to some people who have persistent and disruptive food chronic disease symptoms.
The shots do not treat symptoms, but by altering the immune response they prevent future reactions. (This is referred to as immunotherapy.)
Treatment involves a series of shots, each containing a slightly greater amount of the antigen(s) that cause the reaction.
Ideally, the person will become "desensitized" to the antigen(s) over time.
These are still under investigation and have not been proven to prevent allergic reactions.
The effectiveness of shots varies by individual.
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