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what does an allergy to shrimp appear itself?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Various ways: The most common symptoms of food allergy including those to shrimp are hives/swelling [lip, tongue], and gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting/abdominal pain/diarrhea). If more than one system is involved (gi, lungs, skin, etc) it is called anaphylaxis. Shrimp allergy can be long term and serious. It typically presents in adults compared to children.

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Can my diet prevent allergies?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: No. There are many myths surrounding allergies, but many studies have looked at this issue and show quite conclusively that mom's diet doesn't affect junior's chance of getting allergies. Enjoy whatever foods you'd like.
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What is the test for allergies?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Skin testing is best: Allergies are best tested with skin tests. Blood tests like immunocap and rast testing are alternatives but are not as accurate. Skin tests are usually preformed by an allergist.
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What causes allergies in children?

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Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Food or pollen: Some allergists suggest later start for baby foods, rather than starting at 3 or 4 months of age. Milk, wheat, and eggs are some of the more common foods to cause allergies. Pollen is a problem at certain times of the year. Trees in the spring, grass in the summer, and weeds in the fall. The specific ones will depend on where you live. An over-the-counter antihistamine may help.
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Do children grow out of allergies?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Yes: Children may outgrow specific allergies, especially infants with mild food allergy. They often however "grow into" new allergies. The ability to develop or have allergy is never outgrown.
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How can I tell if my baby has cold or if it is allergies?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
A "cold"...: ... Is a viral infection. Allergic noses drip and itch, viral noses have a more "gooey" mucus. Cough and fever are more likely with a viral infection; tearing eyes are more likely with an allergy.

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