You can easily find someone who has common allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, hives, asthma, and nausea. These are only immediate physical reactions, there are lots different types of allergic responses. Different allergies can make emotional, behavioral and mental symptoms such as panic attacks, depression, compulsive behavior, psychotic episodes.
Allergies can cause a huge spectrum of mental and emotional symptoms, including compulsions, agitation, anxiety, lack of concentration, and depression. The mechanism of food allergies can cause changes to the personality, reflexes, central nervous system through swelling or edema of specific sections of the brain.
Brain Fag (Brain Fog)
It is a form of mental tiredness, a much more serious symptom than physical tiredness. Brain-fag’s symptoms are included mental confusion, lack of initiative, slowness of thought, occasional loss of sex drive, and despondency.
According to recent studies, adults with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) were twice as likely to be diagnosed with major depression in the previous 12 months. In the other hand, kids who had hay fever at age 5 or 6 were twice as likely to experience major depression over the ensuing 17 years.
For most people, eating is one of the life’s great pleasures. But the exceptions have to suffer the food allergies, they need a constant vigilance and they cannot enjoy mealtimes or some special occasions. If you want to improve your life, here are some tips for you:
- When you consider that you have a food allergy, confirm with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis from a certified allergist.
- Educate yourself about the vigilance of food allergies. Visit websites, read books, scrutinize labels is a good way.
- Join a support group or start one in your community will make you more interesting.
- In case you have asthma, make sure it is well-controlled and properly treated. If not, it can increase the severity of an anaphylactic reaction.
- Reassuring to know that you’ll be ready if an emergency happens even you never have to deal with one
- Try the support of your spouse and make an effort to give some extra attention to non-allergic siblings, who may feel left out or unnecessarily restricted by the allergy.
- “Eating out” is bad for you, you should make the focus of all family activities. Plan social outings that don’t revolve around food.
Remember, having a food allergy doesn’t mean you have to stay on the sidelines of life. There are lots of people who are living with food allergies can lead healthy and have a satisfied life.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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