Symptoms Linked to
There are many common disorders which have been shown to be linked to the food/chemical allergy condition. Here are some:
SKIN: Acne, dermatitis, eczema, itching, psoriasis.
HEADACHES: various kinds including migraine.
EYE CONDITIONS: conjunctivitis, eye pain, periods of blurred vision, sensitivity to light, tearing, temporary refractive changes.
EAR CONDITIONS: hearing loss, infections, inflammations, Meniere’s syndrome, tinnitus, repeated ear trouble.
CARDIOVASCULAR: angina, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, rapid pulse.
GASTROINTESTINAL: constipation, diarrhoea, gall bladder pains, wind, gastric ulcer, gastro-intestinal bleeding, heartburn, haemorrhoids, indigestion, mucous colitis, nausea, pains or cramps, spastic colon, vomiting.
RESPIRATORY: asthma, chronic rhinitis, coughing, frequent "colds", hay fever, mouth breathing, nosebleeds, postnasal discharge, sinusitis, stuffy nose, wheezing.
UROLOGICAL: bedwetting, frequent night urination, frequent urination, painful or difficult urination.
MUSCULO-SKELETAL: arthritis, joint pains, muscle cramps, muscle aches and pains, muscle spasms, muscle weakness.
MENTAL-BEHAVIOURAL: anxiety, delusions, depression (including psychotic), dizzy spells, drowsiness, epilepsy, floating sensations, general fatigue, hallucinations, hyperactivity, insomnia, irritability, learning disorders, minimal brain dysfunction, nervousness, periods of confusion, phobias, poor concentration, poor memory, poor muscle coordination, restlessness, schizophrenia, sleeps at inappropriate times, sleeps too little, sleeps too much, tension-fatigue syndrome, unsteadiness.
OTHER: Abnormal body odour, excessive sweating, general weakness, hypoglycaemia, night-sweating, overweight, underweight, virus infections.
Chemical and Environmental Allergies
It can frequently be the case that food allergic individuals become sensitive to chemicals, either in foods or drinks or even by inhalation (aeroallergens).
You should be aware of such likelihood if your symptoms return after avoidance of your allergic foods. Just walking into a shop selling perfume can trigger symptoms in some sensitive individuals. Ordinary household chemicals, paints and sprays can be unexpected culprits.
New carpets, fresh wallpaper, gas fires and even toothpaste can be possibles. Whilst not everyone is thus affected, it is wise to be alert to the outside possibility that external environmental triggers may be, or become, involved in any illness.© Allergy International 2000-2003; No part of this site may be copied in any form.