Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system. Allergic reactions to food can sometimes cause serious illness and death. The foods that most often trigger allergic reactions are:
- Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
- Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp)
- Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
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Understanding Food Allergy (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Excellent introduction to food allergies including:
Food Allergy (NIH MedlinePlus)
Trusted health information on causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
Food Allergens (FDA)
Information on allergens and labeling for consumers and industry.
Food Allergies: What You Need to Know (FDA)
Consumer overview of food allergies, including the 8 foods that most often trigger allergic reactions, symptoms, labeling, and serious reactions (anaphylactic shock).
Food Allergies: Reducing the Risk (FDA)
Tips to help prevent allergic reactions and details on the difference between food allergies and food intolerance.
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