Other Adverse Reactions
Although less common, there are a number of other allergy types that can cause adverse reactions.
Food Protein induced Entocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) is an adverse food reaction involving the immune system. It is caused by an allergic reaction to one or more ingested foods which results in inflammation of the small and large intestine.Symptoms of profuse vomiting (and sometimes diarrhoea) most commonly occur2-4 hours after eating a food which has been recently introduced into the diet.
Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EoE) results in an inflamed oesophagus, the muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. Most cases are seen in people with other allergies such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. The frequency of eosinophilic oesophagitis appears to be increasing. The reasons are unclear, but it is known that allergies of all types have become more common.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a medical condition characterised by symptoms that the affected person attributes to low-level chemical exposure – levels that do not cause symptoms in most people. For example, being near cigarette smoke or perfume or car exhaust may give someone sensitive to chemicals asthma or a headache. It is like an allergy, in that people react to things that don’t bother other people, but the biological mechanisms are different.
Polymorphic Light Eruption (Sun Sensitivity) is an itchy rash caused by sun exposure in people who have developed a sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity). The rash usually appears as red, tiny bumps or slightly raised patches of skin. Symptoms occur most often during spring and early summer when a person’s exposure to sunlight increases. Repeat episodes are less likely as the summer progresses, but polymorphous light eruption often recurs each year after the first incident.
Allergies aren’t curable, but they are treatable and manageable. And effective treatment and management begin with correct medical diagnosis—the first step to prevention is correctly identifying the cause. Which is exactly what we do at Allergy Medical.
If you think an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity could be causing you problems, just ask us.