Food allergies are very common and it can occur to anyone depending on the food they are allergic to. What’s exactly an allergy? An allergy occurs when the immune system has a reaction towards a particular food. This can lead to hives, itchy skin, tongue swelling, dizziness, difficulty in breathing, to name a few.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies affect about 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults. The symptoms of food allergies are most common in children and babies and these allergies can develop at any age.
Certain foods like eggs, milk, peanuts, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat and soy cause 90 percent of the allergic reactions. Edible seeds like sesame seeds and mustard seeds can also trigger allergy, as they are common food allergens.