The Ultimate Food Allergies and Food Intolerance Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Food allergies and food intolerance have made the headlines in recent years. More children appear to be suffering from severe food allergies and more adults appear to be coping with food intolerance. You or someone you love may be experiencing a food allergy or food intolerance. Take this quiz and learn about how food can cause negative health reactions in the young and old.

What type of reaction should you expect from food intolerance?

The reaction to food intolerance is not immediate. A reaction can occur in 30 minutes or over the span of several days.

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How do you test for delayed reactions due to food intolerance?

Skin tests typically screen for allergic reactions that are more immediate. You require blood tests if you have a delayed reaction due to food intolerance.

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Other than skin and blood tests, how else can you screen for food allergies and food intolerance?

Try eliminating all questionable food from you diet for two to three weeks. Keep a diary indicating the presence -- or hopefully absence -- of any symptoms.

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What are the typical foods that produce food intolerance?

Dairy and gluten-containing grains, such as wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt, are the most common food intolerance culprits.

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What causes the symptoms related to food intolerance?

Highly processed grains, such as cereals, can be difficult to digest, leading to symptoms of food intolerance. Similarly, the processing of milk and/or soy products can be difficult to digest, leading to food intolerance symptoms.

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Approximately _________ of American schools have banned at least one food substance due to concerns regarding childhood allergies.

About one in three American schools have banned at least one food from their schools due to allergies. Typically, schools ban peanuts and foods that contain peanuts.

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How many food allergy deaths occur each year in the United States?

Some allergy-related food reactions can be life threatening and require immediate medical intervention. Unfortunately, some 150 Americans die every year from severe allergy-related food reactions.

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What is an anaphylactic allergic reaction?

An anaphylactic allergic reaction involves multisystemic shutdown of the body and can be life threatening if left untreated. This multisystemic meltdown can affect the throat, skin and lungs.

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How do you treat anaphylaxis?

Injecting a dose of epinephrine will immediately increase blood pressure and open up the airways in your lungs, relieving you of anaphylactic symptoms.

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What is the major difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?

Food allergies, such as peanut allergies, involve an overactive immune system that releases antibodies. Whereas food intolerance is the result of problems in the digestive system.

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A reaction to ingesting milk may be the result of:

A reaction to milk products can be either the result of a milk allergy, or the result of lactose intolerance and problems with your digestive system.

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What is the average age of onset for lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance typically begins in adulthood. Milk allergies, alternatively, occur primarily in young children.

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Which food allergy is more common than peanut allergy in adulthood?

Believe it or not, adults are more likely to be allergic to fruits and vegetables than peanuts. Peanut allergies get a lot of bad rep and it may seem more prevalent than it actually is.

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How many children in the United States have a food-related allergy?

In 2007, reportedly three million children had a food related allergy. Yet, there were only 10,000 hospitalizations related to childhood food allergies in that same year.

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Medical experts recommend that children do not ingest peanuts and foods containing peanuts until age:

The most recent recommendation is to withhold giving your child peanuts until they are three years old. This seemingly overly cautious recommendation is due to the severity of peanut allergies.

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