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Whatis Allergic Tension-Fatigue Syndrome?

Everyperson experiences periods of tiredness or fatigue during the normalcourse of the day. These periods are affected by the types of foodconsumed during the day, the stimulants (such as coffee or sugaryfoods) consumed and the levels of bodily activity. The main cause offatigue during the day stems from the food consumed and the body'sreaction to it, known as food allergy. As the body digests starches,proteins and food additives, it can react to these substances. Thisreaction sometimes causes imbalances or disorders, which can be asminor as an irritation or as major as anaphylactic shock, apotentially deadly condition.

Severefood allergies can lead to the allergic tension-fatigue disorder,which causes tiredness and stress which is unrelated to physicaltiredness due to bodily exertion and lack of energy. Both childrenand adults can suffer from this type of fatigue. Food allergy isgenerally caused by a variety of foods, but links have been foundthat point to wheat, chocolate, corn and milk as major contributors.

Symptomsof the Syndrome

Symptomsof the allergic tension-fatigue syndrome seem to be symptoms of otherafflictions, such as simple headaches. This can lead to amisdiagnosis of the problem. Major symptoms include constant stomachpain, lethargy and tendency towards general fatigue, infection orcongestion in the nasal cavity, headaches or migraines and insomnia.

Othermental issues that can become problems due to food allergies includeinability to maintain memories, flawed concentration and generalslowing of cerebral function. Related symptoms, such as musclesoreness or involuntary contractions and depression may also bepresent.

Diagnosisand Treatment

Medicalprofessionals will sometimes require details about a patient'smedical history, as well as blood tests and a full physical exam. Asix to eight week diet designed to eliminate possible causes of thesyndrome is preferred for a more precise diagnosis, during which timeno antihistamines should be taken to allow allergic manifestations toshow up more clearly. Other chronic problems (such as diabetes) maybe related to the allergy, and in some cases the allergy iscompletely misdiagnosed as a vitamin B12 deficiency or Restless LegSyndrome.

Once the diagnosis is complete, and the type of food causing the allergy isdetermined, it must be completely eliminated from the patient's diet.It is advised to check labels on food packagings to discoveringredients to which the patient can potentially react. Problems withconstant fatigue or tension must be taken seriously and reported to adoctor for further analysis to rule out or perhaps diagnose allergictension-fatigue syndrome.

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