When Mayor Rob Ford went to hospital earlier this week was it because of a food allergy? It's been reported that Ford was suffering from asthma because of something that he ate.
On Tuesday Ford went to Humber River Regional Hospital where he spent two nights. He was released on Thursday.
While it is not confirmed that the mayor has a food allergy, when combined with asthma these allergies can be life threatening.
Food allergies are serious. Those with asthma tend to have the most severe reactions. Symptoms of food allergies can range from mild to severe. Wheezing is one of those symptoms as are nausea, vomiting and hives. In the most severe cases a person can go into anaphylaxis. This life threatening condition can come on very quickly or worsen over time. Without medical attention a person can die.
Studies of asthmatics with food allergies tend to have severe asthma attacks. Patients with both conditions tend to have more emergency room visits for asthma attacks than asthmatics without food allergies.
While some people have intolerance to certain food, a true food allergy results in the body making allergy-producing substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to a particular food. Many food allergies begin in childhood but they can come at any age. Food allergies can also come from food additives.
After a person has a reaction because of a food allergy their doctor is likely to prescribe injectable epinephrine. This single dose medication can save one's life if they have an allergic reaction to exposure of the offending allergy, allowing them the time to get to hospital for treatment.
If Mayor Ford was having a food allergy attack he was very wise in getting medical treatment.