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Food Allergies: Potential Signs and Symptoms

I. Ear:

Red earlobes, ear infections, fluid in the ears, itching in the ear canals, pressure in the ears, possible Meniere's Syndrome

2. Nose:

Nasal obstruction, sneezing, runny nose, sinus pressure/pain, recurrent sinusitis/upper respiratory infections, nasal polyps

3. Oral Cavity:

Oral pain/itching, itching on the roof of the mouth, throat itching, canker sores, swelling of the lips and tongue

4. Throat:

Hoarseness, clearing, sore throat, itching/burning in the throat, problems swallowing, swelling of the palate, uvula, and larynx

5. Eye:

Tearing, watering, itching, eczema of the eyelids, redness of eyes

6. Lower Respiratory Tract:

Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath

7. GI Tract:

Gas, belching, fatigue after meals, intermittent diarrhea, abdominal cramping, colic, heartburn/indigestion, stomach pain, constipation, bleeding

8. GU Tract:

Recurrent urinary tract infections , urinary frequency, bed wetting

9. Musculoskeletal System:

Joint/muscle pain, arthritis, muscle cramping/spasms, rheumatoid arthritis, swelling in the joints

10. Neurologic:

Fatigue, depression, ADHD symptoms, irritability, migraine headaches, cognitive dysfunction, memory loss, personality changes, brain fog, confusion

11. Skin:

Hives, itching, dryness/cracking, burning, atopic dermatitis

12. General:

Sleep disturbances, excessive thirst, hyperthermia, behavioral disturbances, weight gain/obesity

13. Symptoms in Pediatric Patients:

Colicky, gassy, spitting up, projective vomiting, difficult to settle, needs constant stimulation, cradle cap, constant crying, constant sleeping, eczema, under or over weight, clucking sound in throat, bed wetting, red ear, rosy cheeks, abdominal pain, nasal congestion, frequent ear infections, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis

This list is not intended to be an all inclusive listing of symptoms that can be potentially produced by food sensitivities. These symptoms can also be related to causes other than food sensitivities.

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