Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
A person with a food allergy can have symptoms beginning as soon as 2 minutes after eating the food, but reactions may take 1 to 2 hours to appear. Occasionally, symptoms abate quickly, only to recur in 3 to 4 hours.
The most common symptoms include the following:
Itching of the skin followed by hives, a rash of raised, reddish bumps or wheals
Swelling of the lips and mouth
Other symptoms may include the following:
Itching and watering in the eyes
Runny or stuffy nose
Symptoms of a more severe reaction could include the following: