Food allergies and anaphylaxis
An allergic reaction occurs when the body’s immune system reacts inappropriately in response to the presence of a substance that it wrongly perceives as a threat. The body doesn’t react to the irritant directly, but to the histamine released by cells damaged through the immune response on subsequent exposure. Anaphylactic shock is an extreme allergic reaction. Allergies are very common in children and can cause anything from a ‘tingly tongue’ to a fatality. Allergy UK have estimated that a staggering 4 in 10 people in Britain will suffer an allergic reaction at some point in their lifetime. Over five thousand
Food allergies and anaphylaxis as seen on The Hippocratic Post.