22 April, 2021

Watch It! That Biscuit Might Bite

Thousands of urban Indians are waking up to allergies caused by what they eat

Jitender Gupta
Watch It! That Biscuit Might Bite

Booby-Trap Food
Doctors say urban Indians are flocking to clinics and hospitals with a large number of suspected food allergies.

Common causes of allergies
Tea, coffee, chocolate, colas, alcohol, sugar, sweets, cereals, meats, eggs, fish, dust, cosmetics, chicken, tobacco, milk, cheese, butter, smoked/salted/pickled foods, sea foods, chemical additives, preservatives and flavouring.

  • Allergy to wheat is the most common among adult urban Indians
  • In children, milk, eggs and peanuts generally cause allergies.
  • The anti-allergy drug  market has doubled in size from 10 years ago.
  • Changing food habits and lifestyle are the main culprits.

Cures And Prevention

  • Be alert to symptoms like headache, dizziness, nervousness, sneezing, eczema, hay fever, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, stuffy or runny nose, shortness of breath
  • Immediately avoid food that caused a previous allergic reaction; get...

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