Allergic Reactions to Food

Gastrointestinal: canker sores in mouth (aphthous stomatitis), vomiting colic, stomach cramps, abdominal distention, intestinal obstruction/bloody stools, colitis , malabsorption of foods, loss of appetite, growth retardation, diarrhea, constipation, painful defecation, irritation of tongue, lips, and mouth. Respiratory: nasal stuffiness, runny nose, chronic cough, hoarseness, otitis media (middle ear trouble), sinusitis, asthma (bronchitis), pulmonary infiltrates, tonsil and adenoid enlargement. Skin: rashes, atopic dermatitis, eczema, seborrhea, hives, hair loss, dermatitis herpetiformis (a gluten sensitivity). Behavioral: irritability, restlessness, hyperactivity, lethargy, fatigue, “allergic tension-fatigue syndrome”, muscle pain, mental depression, enuresis (bed-wetting). Blood: abnormal blood clotting, iron deficiency anemia, low levels of serum proteins, thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), eosinophilia (allergy-related white blood cells). Miscellaneous: arrhythmias (of heart), arthritis, eye inflammation (conjunctivitis), headaches (generalized), migraine headaches, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS, crib death). Immune Complex Diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, periarteritis nodosa, polymyositis, scleroderma vasculitis, Henoch- Schonlein purpura, arteritis, milk induced gross intestinal bleeding in infants, occult intestinal bleeding gastroenteropathy, pulmonary hemosiderosis, orthostatic albuminuria nephrosis (nephrotic syndrome), glomerulonephritis (see kidney disease), nephrotic syndrome. Allergies to gluten (gluten is found in high concentrations in wheat, barley, and rye): schizophrenia (a mental disorder, benefited in a few cases by avoiding gluten and dairy proteins), celiac disease (a bowel disorder), dermatitis herpetiformis (a skin disorder).