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Food allergies can be a real problem, leaving you at risk of being hospitalised. Professor Claudia Gray, an expert allergologist from the Kids Allergy Centre at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, provided the following facts to Health24:

Eating too much of something can cause an allergy
False: However, overindulgence can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort, which can lead to an aversion to certain foods.

All childhood allergies are outgrown
False: Not all childhood allergies persist into adulthood and some can actually start in the adult years.

You can be allergic to any food
True: Technically, you can be allergic to anything you consume.

You can build up immunity to an allergy
This can be done by consuming products that have been "broken down" into other components, like baked goods in the case of dairy and egg allergies. It can also be done as part of a deliberate medical procedure called desensitisation. Desensitisation should only be done under the guidance of an allergy specialist.

Food allergies can cause ADHD and other disorders
While allergies can cause various issues, such as skin rashes, vomiting, respiratory issues and even a heart attack, they do not cause ADHD, migraines, arthritis or chronic fatigue.

The EpiPen can be dangerous
: Epinephrine is the treatment of choice for severe food allergy reactions and anaphylaxis. It is a natural chemical which we release every day in response to frights or nerves. Given into the thigh muscle at the correct dosage for the patient, it is not dangerous and could be life-saving.

True food allergies aren't that common
In the bigger picture in South Africa, only 2.5% to 3% of children suffer from food allergies.
You can inherit food allergies from your parents
While your chances of food allergies are higher if they run in the family, environmental and nutritional factors play an important role in whether these genes are activated.

You can trust an allergy test 100%
There are possibilities of false negatives, and results of tests need to be interpreted by an expert in the context of the patient's reaction histories and other food allergy patterns.


SANHA Comments:
Our bodies are a trust from our Creator. We should equip ourselves with the needed knowledge for its care. The harms of physical allergies are acknowledged and the believer also realises that we are spiritually “allergic” to what the Creator forbids. This allergy has even more harmful effects which can negatively impact on both our spiritual and physical wellbeing.
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