Adult Allergies - Causes

Adults frequently suffering from ailments such as headaches, fatigue, impaired concentration, and mood swings may possibly be suffering from allergies. Such ailments can often occur on a regular basis and the cause may prove elusive to patient and physician. Patients with no physical cause of pain often have their conditions misdiagnosed by physicians as psychosomatic (or emotional in origin). This undoubtedly frustrates the patient and provides no "medical" ease or cure, when in fact, an allergy may be the culprit.

Food allergies are commonly associated with conditions such as headache, fatigue, impaired concentration, and mood swings. If you have experienced these symptoms, you are not alone! The medical community has identified food allergies as the cause of a wide range of adverse reactions and illnesses.

Food allergies fall into two categories: a "fixed" food allergy or a "masked" food allergy. "Fixed" food allergies can produce the following acute reactions:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Throat swelling

Reactions are most often caused by egg, peanut, and shellfish allergies, however, "fixed" food allergies account for less than 10% of all food allergy reactions.

"Masked" food allergies involve foods that are ingested at least twice per week. Because the foods are ingested on a regular basis, symptoms are chronic, of a lower grade, and more difficult to diagnose. Reactions may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Mental impairment
  • Mood Swings

Dr. Layton also believes that candida is caused by food allergies. Candida is a medical condition affecting both men and women that results from the overgrowth of yeast in the body.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), a condition often dismissed by physicians, may also be food-related. Dr. Layton believes that some PMS symptoms may actually be a hypersensitivity reaction to progesterone, estrogen, and/or a luteinizing hormone.