5 Most Prevalent Food Allergies among United States Adults

Through this blog, Know about 5 most prevalent Food Allergies among United States Adults along with their symptoms and natural treatment.

More than 32 million Americans suffer from some kind of food allergy as per the research and the top 5 can be shellfish, milk, peanut, tree nut and finned fish allergy. 

Food Allergy Treatment in Ayurveda involves the elimination of the root cause of the disease, not just treating the symptoms. Today through this blog we will let you know 5 most prevalent Food Allergies among United States Adults along with their symptoms and natural treatment.

1) Shellfish Allergy

Shellfish Allergy affects nearly 7 million Americans and can be identified by the symptoms of itchy mouth, hives and stomach upset after eating lobster, crab or any other shellfish in general. 

The common symptoms of Shellfish Allergy include vomiting, stomach cramps, hives, indigestion, swelling, dizziness, etc, People may get allergic to the proteins present in the shellfish and their immune system mistakes it as an allergen and starts producing inflammatory mediators against it causing allergies.  

Shellfish Allergy Treatment

Ayurveda analyses the root cause of shellfish allergy and focuses on treating the disease from the inside rather than focusing on just symptoms. The medicines focus on the elimination of toxins from the body, strengthening the immune system, igniting the digestive fire and balancing the three doshas thereby resulting in the less altered response of the immune system towards the allergens present in the shellfish.

Also Read:- How to Treat Shellfish Allergy in Ayurveda?

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2) Milk Allergy

Milk Allergy occurs when our body reacts to the protein casein present in the A1 milk (milk produced from genetically engineered cows). Milk allergy has become more common in Americans after the shellfish, around 6.1 million suffer from dairy or milk allergy.

You may be allergic to all dairy products, not only the milk and the common symptoms include hives, rashes, itchy skin, excessive inflammation, stomach upset, bloating, constipation, and anaphylaxis in severe cases.

Milk Allergy Treatment

The severity of milk allergy depends on the level of toxins present and the degree of Agni (possibly low digestive fire), so the treatment involves correcting these and balancing the unbalanced doshas. Slowly removing the allergen, milk and milk products from the diet and incorporating slowly once our body gets used to it can decrease the risk of severity of symptoms.

Also Read:- Milk Allergy – Symptoms, Causes, Diet and Ayurvedic Treatment

3) Peanut Allergy

Peanut Allergy is one of the most common food allergies in the US affecting around 1-2% of the population. When our immune system mistakenly reacts to the proteins present in the peanuts it releases the allergy-causing chemicals into the bloodstream leading to various allergic reactions. 

The symptoms of peanut allergy include hives, rashes, redness, swelling, shortness of breath, wheezing, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. 

Peanut Allergy Treatment

Peanut Allergy treatment in Ayurveda includes shaman chikitsa (internal medications), panchakarma (ayurvedic cleansing), lifestyle modifications and dietary changes. If you are allergic to peanuts, there may be chances that you can be allergic or you can’t be allergic to other legumes and need not eliminate all the legumes from the diet.

Also Read:- Peanut Allergy – Causes, Symptoms, and Ayurvedic Treatment

4) Tree Nut Allergy

Tree Nut Allergy is one of the 8 most common food allergies affecting around 0.5-1% population of the US. Tree Nut Allergies include allergies to all the nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, and walnuts. There are chances that if you are allergic to peanuts, you can be allergic to tree nuts as well. 

The symptoms of tree nut allergy include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, runny nose and itchy skin. 

Tree Nut Allergy Treatment

If you’re allergic to one tree nut that doesn’t mean you need to eliminate all the tree nuts from your diet, the specific nut can be eliminated to reduce the severity of symptoms and slowly can be incorporated. Additionally one needs to boost immunity, clean the body from all the toxins and balance the doshas. 

Also Read:- Tree Nut Allergy – Causes, Symptoms, and Ayurvedic Treatment

5) Finned Fish Allergy

Finned Fish Allergy is when you eat finned fish like tuna, halibut and salmon, you will experience allergic reactions because of the proteins present in the fish. It affects around 1% of the US population. Finned fish allergy and shellfish allergy are different and if one is allergic to shellfish need not be allergic to finned fish.

The most common symptoms of finned fish allergy include hives, digestive issues, and runny nose, and some may experience severe anaphylactic reactions like loss of consciousness, difficulty in breathing and swallowing, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. 

Finned Fish Allergy Treatment

Ayurvedic treatment of finned fish allergy involves analyzing the root cause of the disease and eliminating it. Be careful and read the labels and stop consuming the finned fish species for some time until your allergy symptoms calm down, you can slowly introduce them into your diet.

Also Read:- Fish Allergy – Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

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Americans suffer from a lot of food allergies every year and the numbers have been increasing which is causing trouble in people. The above-mentioned 5 are the most common food allergies in the US population which need to be addressed and treated accordingly without any delay or ignorance. Introduce Ayurveda into your life, Consult with Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist of IAFA Ayurveda® to treat all allergies naturally and expect no recurrence of the disease.

Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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