Food allergy or allergic food hypersensitivity is an abnormal reaction of the body's immune system caused by a certain type of food. This specific type of food causes an allergic reaction, which is an exaggerated reaction of the body’s defense system against non-dangerous material. Symptoms after food consumption can have very different causes and therefore vary depending on the cause. In all cases, however, they are triggered by the intake of the specific type of food.
The allergic reaction can be mild but in rare cases food can trigger a severe reaction named anaphylaxis. The foods that trigger most often allergic reactions in adults include tree nuts, such as walnuts and peanuts, shellfish and fish. In children, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, and eggs can trigger allergic reactions. The symptoms vary depending on the causes. It can be separated into food intolerance (e.g. lactose intolerance) and food allergy.
Food allergies come about as a result of a response of the body's defense system against food components. Since this reaction of the body has to develop first, the initial contact with the corresponding food is usually unproblematic. After a certain time it may come to a greater sensitivity of the immune system, which can trigger an allergic reaction. Symptoms can be a tingling of the mouth with a furry sensation on the tongue, skin reactions but also life-threatening swellings around the mouth and respiratory tract. Known triggers include eggs, nuts in children as well as seafood, nuts and fruits in adults. Basically, any food can trigger an allergic reaction. It is interesting that some pollen can cause cross-reactions with food. So people can develop pome fruit allergy due to a birch pollen allergy or hay fever.
Depending on the severity of the complaints, the treatment can differ. In the worst case, the allergic reaction can be fatal. Therefore, it is imperative that the patient knows about his allergy and avoids the trigger. In addition, he should have an emergency kit, which can be used at the beginning of the complaints immediately. A good knowledge of those concerned about their allergy and their emergency treatment is very important.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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