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What are mild symptoms from common food allergy triggers?

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An allergic reaction can happen within minutes of eating, or it may happen hours later. Mild symptoms can be hard to tie to specific foods. You could get:

  • Red, swollen, dry, or itchy skin rash (hives or eczema)
  • Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, or a slight, dry cough
  • Itchy, watery, red eyes
  • Itchy mouth or inside your ear
  • Funny taste in your mouth
  • Upset stomach, cramps, throwing up, or diarrhea

From: Common Food Allergy Triggers WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dee Sandquist, MS, RD; spokesperson, American Dietetic Association.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Food Allergies and Reactions."

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "About Food Allergies."

Food Allergy Research & Education: "Other Allergens," "Symptoms," "About Anaphylaxis."

WebMD Medical Reference in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Food Allergy and Intolerances."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Dee Sandquist, MS, RD; spokesperson, American Dietetic Association.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Food Allergies and Reactions."

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "About Food Allergies."

Food Allergy Research & Education: "Other Allergens," "Symptoms," "About Anaphylaxis."

WebMD Medical Reference in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Food Allergy and Intolerances."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 26, 2019

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