What is a Food Allergy Introduction?
As the name implies, a food allergy introduction is when parents start introducing “allergy foods” to babies.
Allergy foods are common foods that are known to cause an allergic reaction. These include peanuts, milk, tree nuts such as almonds and coconuts, wheat, and shellfish.
The goal of a food allergy introduction is to prevent a possible food allergy by introducing allergy foods early on.
While food allergy introduction is done by some parents when their child is still young, there are adults who do try to treat their own allergies and build tolerance against them.
Why Do People Have Food Allergies?
In order to understand how a food allergy introduction works, we first need to understand why people have allergic reactions in the first place.
Allergies are what happens when the body reacts to a foreign substance. What happens is that the immune system tries to “attack” those substances it deems harmful, even if they’re not.
This results in the symptoms associated with allergies, such as itching, swelling, sneezing, or watery eyes. In more severe cases, it can trigger anaphylaxis, which is an overreaction of the immune system that can cause a person to go into shock. Thus, it is important to always seek guidance from your doctor when undergoing this therapy.