Allergies Specialist

Magnolia Health Care

Functional Medicine Specialists & Internal Medicine located in Florence, SC

If you think you’ve been hearing more about food allergies year after year, you’re right. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, food allergies in children increased by a staggering 50% between 1997 and 2011. If you’re impacted by a food allergy, Emmanuel Quaye, MD, can help. His functional medicine approach minimizes the impact your allergy has on your life. To learn more, call Magnolia Health Care or schedule your appointment at his Florence, South Carolina, office online.

Allergies Q & A

What are food allergies?

When a certain food triggers an abnormal immune response in your body, you have an allergy to that food. The symptoms of a food allergy can appear right away, but they might take a few hours to develop. They include:

  • Swelling in the face, mouth, or tongue
  • Hives or another itchy rash
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

A number of foods commonly cause food allergies. One of the classic examples are peanuts. Almost all classrooms across the country are nut-free because peanuts can send people with this allergy into a life-threatening reaction. Other common allergy-causing foods include:

  • Tree nuts
  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Shellfish
  • Soy

People who cannot eat any form of gluten (e.g., wheat, rye, barley) have a food allergy known as celiac disease.

Although these are the most common causes of food allergies, virtually any food can cause an abnormal immune response in your body. If you suspect that a food is triggering an allergic reaction, Dr. Quaye can help.

How do I know if I have a food allergy?

You might have a food allergy if you repeatedly feel unwell after eating a certain food. If you’ve noticed that you have an itchy throat, upset stomach, swelling, or other food allergy symptoms after eating, Dr. Quaye can help you get an accurate diagnosis.

He uses a variety of diagnostic tests to hone in on your food allergy, including a dietary review, skin prick testing, blood tests, and diet modifications. During diet modifications, you’ll change what you eat so Dr. Quaye can observe how your body responds.

How are food allergies treated?

Once Dr. Quaye has diagnosed what’s causing your food allergy, he works with you to treat it. He helps you make quality food choices to keep your gut healthy, which makes it easier to eat certain foods without having an allergic reaction. By taking a holistic approach and applying for functional medicine, Dr. Quaye may be able to help you reintroduce certain foods into your diet over time so you don’t have to live a restricted life.

If you have a food allergy and want a treatment that can help you lead your most vibrant life, call Magnolia Health Care or schedule your appointment online.