Πέμπτη, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2011
A serious food allergy is hard to miss. The symptoms are usually immediate and dramatic enough to get your attention. These may include swelling or itching of the mouth or throat, nausea and vomitting, itching and watering eyes, difficulty breathing. These allergies are sometimes serious and require immediate medical attention.
There are many people, though, that suffer from more subtle food sensitivities and don't even realize that the symptoms they experience may be related to something that they are eating. These symptoms may include eczema, headaches, mood swings, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, excessive sweating, fatigue, joint pains, sinusitis, a prolonged cough, dark rings below the eyes. In babies and toddlers it is common to see these dark circles below the eyes and / or red circles of eczema on the cheeks.
Many of these symptoms can be dealt with by taking medication, but this will only cover up the symptom without dealing with the underlying problem. This can be compared to having a red warning light flashing in your car. You can cover the light with a piece of tape so that it doesn’t bother you. Covering it up may hide the light, but you would probably rather find the reason that the light is flashing, and fix it. This may seem like a silly example, but this is what we are doing every day… covering up symptoms with medication without searching for a cause. I am NOT saying that you should suffer with your headache or eczema without treatment. I AM saying that having recurring headaches and eczema is not a normal part of life, and it is worth also searching for a cause.