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Food Allergies Specialist

Century City Allergy

Board-Certified Allergist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Everyday activities like eating can be stressful when each meal is complicated by worries about food allergies. Men, women, and children in West Los Angeles who need diagnosis of and treatment for their food allergies can turn to esteemed allergist Dr. Marc Meth at Century City Allergy in Los Angeles, California. Call now or click below to set up an appointment online.

Food Allergies Q & A

What is a food allergy?

The prevalence of food allergies rises annually. So, the chances are high that you know someone with a food allergy or you have one yourself.

A food allergy is an immune disorder that occurs when your body interprets something you eat as an attack on your immune system. Because your body believes the food you ate is a hazard, it responds by emitting histamines that produce allergic symptoms.

What common foods cause allergies?

An allergic reaction can occur after you consume any food. Common triggers for food allergies include:

  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Eggs

Less common allergic triggers include meat, seeds, and spices.

What are the symptoms of food allergies?

You shouldn’t eat food you’re allergic to. If you do consume food that triggers an allergic reaction, the symptoms range from mild to severe: from sneezing to death.

Your allergic reaction to a food trigger may include the following digestive symptoms:

  • A swollen tongue
  • An inability to swallow
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Gut pain
  • Stomach cramps

Dermatologic and respiratory symptoms from an allergic reaction to food include:

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Trouble breathing
  • Repetitive sneezing

If your symptoms overwhelm you emotionally or breathing becomes difficult, you may also experience panic. Panicking can exacerbate your symptoms, so do your best to remain calm and seek medical attention immediately.

Can a food allergy be treated?

The only sure way to treat an allergy is to avoid the food that causes it. Dr. Marc Meth administers comprehensive allergy testing to determine which foods are giving you trouble.

Besides recommending you avoid the foods that trigger your allergies, he may prescribe medication to mitigate your allergy symptoms. If you have a severe food allergy that could be life-threatening, he’s likely to prescribe an epinephrine injector that you should keep with you at all times.

Having worked with thousands of patients in the West Los Angeles cities of Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, and West Hollywood, Dr. Meth understands how frustrating and irritating food allergies can be. Call his office in Los Angeles or use the button below to book your appointment online.