Imagine what it would be ____ if eating a peanut butter sandwich or some shrimp ____ you vomiting or gasping for ____. How about drinking a tall glass ____ milk and becoming overcome with very ____ hives on your body? For some ____ with food allergies, this is a reality. A ____ allergy is an abnormal response to food ____ by the immune system. It is ____ the bloating or gas that some people ____ from certain foods; that is food ____. Currently, about 36 million people in the United States ____ a true food allergy. Almost six ____ of those people are under eighteen. Experts ____ that number will rise. Those more ____ to develop food allergies come from families in ____ allergies such as hay fever, ____, or eczema are common. It is critical for people who ____ food allergies to identify them and to ____ foods that cause allergic reactions. Some foods can ____ severe illness. In some cases, a reaction can ____ airways in the lungs. It can ____ lower blood pressure and cause suffocation by the ____ of the tongue or throat. An average of at least six Americans ____ each year from severe allergic reactions to food, ____ over 200,000 require emergency care. The timing and location of an allergic ____ to food is affected by digestion. ____ allergic person may first experience a severe ____ of the tongue or “tingling lips.” Vomiting, cramps, or diarrhea ____ follow. Later, as the allergens enter the bloodstream ____ travel through the body, there may be a ____ in blood pressure, hives, or eczema. The ____ of these symptoms may vary ____ a few minutes to an hour or two ____ the food is eaten. Food allergy patterns in adults differ ____ from those in children. The most common foods to ____ allergies in adults are shrimp, lobster, crab, and other ____; peanuts; walnuts and other tree nuts; fish; and ____. In children, eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, and wheat are the ____ culprits. Children typically ____ their allergies to milk, eggs, soy, and wheat. Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shrimp ____ are not outgrown. Adults usually do not ____ their allergies. The best way to ____ food allergies is to ____ the foods that trigger reactions. Those with severe food allergies are ____ to wear medical alert bracelets or necklaces.

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