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What are Food Allergies?

A food allergy is what happens when your body mistakenly thinks a food is dangerous. It doesn’t take much as just a small amount of food can trigger a reaction like small hives on your skin or shortness of breath. These reactions can happen right away or take a few hours. If you are concerned you may have a food allergy, keep a food diary to try and hone in on which foods make you feel a certain way. There is no cure for food allergies but work with your doctor on a treatment plan to ensure you’ll avoid all those nasty side effects.

Dr. Preeti Parikh

This video features Dr. Preeti Parikh. Dr. Preeti Parikh is a Board-Certified Pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy and patient education.

Duration: 02:57. Last Updated On: 2015-09-10
Reviewed by: Dr. Holly Atkinson, Dr. Supriya Jain . Review date: June 05, 2012
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