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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

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. Preeti Parikh, MD, HealthiNation's chief medical editor, is a board-certified pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy, and patient education.

Duration: 2:57. Last Updated On: May 25, 2014, 5:09 a.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Holly Atkinson, Dr Supriya Jain, . Review date: June 5, 2012
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