• When you are new to food allergies or if you have never experienced one you will find there are many questions you will have. One of the questions you may ask your doctor or even others is: can food allergies cause stomach pain? The answer to this question is yes. Yes, it can cause stomach pain, but before we get into why let us look at food allergies and their causes. You might think that the food is the real cause of the problem; however it is the proteins or enzymes in the food that is the actual problem. You see food allergies are related to the immune system. The immune system is designed to protect us from certain foreign objects that enter into our system, much like the common cold. Did you know that the cold antibody is not what actually causes the runny nose, fever, and other symptoms? In fact it is the immune system that is fighting the foreign property that causes your body to have these systems. It is the same for it because your immune system is attacking the proteins and enzymes to break them down it is causing a reaction with the chemicals released do to so. In other words your immune system releases a chemical that is supposed to breakdown the protein or antibody from the food. When the chemical is released you will experience hives, breathlessness, dizziness, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fever, and even anaphylactic shock. The point is food allergies can cause stomach pain based on the symptoms you experience. You will find that the food in your stomach will cause acid to rise in most cases while the immune system tries to break down the food. In some cases the stomach pain is related to the leaky gut syndrome where the guts are leaky gases into your body causing the pain. If you are experiencing any type of stomach pain you need to visit your doctor immediately. While it can cause stomach pain, it is a rare symptom. This could mean that you are actually experiencing another sort of problem such as a stomach tumor or just a stomach ulcer. In any case the threat is immediate danger. You will most likely be able to tell if the stomach pain is related to food allergies based on the fact that you will have other allergic reactions to the food you have ingested and the reactions will be within two hours. Spring time, for many, is a time of change. A time to purchase a new wardrobe, plan a vacation, plant a garden or just get out of the house to enjoy the magnificent weather. Most of us love spring and summer. The sweet scents and sights of colorful blossoms, the sounds of chirping birds and the aroma of fresh-mown grass are refreshing and welcome after a long winter. For others, though, it is not so pleasant a time; the beginning of spring signals the start of seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies, typically known as Hay Fever, usually occur in spring and fall. It is most commonly caused by pollen. Pollen is fine powdery grains, produced by flowering plants that travel by wind or insects through the air. It can enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth to cause an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction is the body’s physical response or heightened sensitivity toward substances that are not harmful to most individuals. Pollen has little or no affect on the majority of people but for some it will cause serious cold or flu like symptoms. So while nearly everyone else takes pleasure in the much-longed-for spring sunshine; hay fever sufferers have to contend with an immune system gone crazy, unleashing its big guns toward a perceived but harmless enemy. Hay fever is the most common of allergies, affecting about 50 million North Americans. The symptoms of Hay Fever, also called allergic rhinitis, may include: * Repeated sneezing attacks * Runny or itchy nose * Nasal congestion/congestion * Impaired sense of smell and taste * Eye irritation… itchy, red, watery eyes * Sleep troubles * Itchy or sore throat, palate and ear * Loss of concentration/ memory lapses * General feeling of being unwell (Similar to a cold but without the fever’) * Cough/ chronic coughs * Fatigue * Facial pressure or pain * Wheezing (If the pollen count is very high) * Headaches * Respiratory problems * Dizziness * Depression * Anxiety * Muscle aches and pains Clearly, the classic Hay Fever symptoms are similar to a cold. (The runny nose, watery eyes and repeated sneezing.) As with all allergies, the symptoms are a result of your immune system overreacting to a normally harmless substance, in this case, pollen. When the cells that line your nose, mouth and eyes come into contact with pollen they release a chemical called histamine that triggers the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Symptoms of allergic reactions might go beyond a runny nose, itchy eyes or sneezing. Some allergic reactions create symptoms that imitate many other conditions such as indigestion, abdominal pain, kidney and bladder infections. This means that many ailments may simply turn out to be undiagnosed allergies.
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