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A 44-year-old member asked:

can diarrhea be caused by food allergy?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Yes: Especially in children. Many food allergies can be outgrown with maturing immune and gastrointestinal systems. Most patients with diarrhea don't have a true food allergy (involving immune system response) as the cause. Diarrheas may be due to digestive issues (e.g. Celiac sprue), intolerance, malabsorption (e.G lactose), infection (bacterial, viral, parasitic), inflammatory, irritable bowel.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I know if my baby has food allergies?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Rash or irritability: Most food allergy presents with eczema - an allergic rash. Vomiting, diarrhea, poor weight gain, irritability or colic are other common presentations. Sometimes respiratory symptoms as asthma and ear infections may also be related to food allergy. Rarely blood in the stool may be caused by a food allergy.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if my child is having an allergic reaction to formula?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Diarrhea, rash: Food allergy including to formula often presents with diarrhea, vomiting or skin rash (eczema). However other allergic reactions like runny/stuffy nose, recurrent or chronic ear infections, and sometimes even cough or wheeze can occur with a food allergy.
A member asked:

How can we identify food allergies that our baby might have?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Prick skin testing: The most accurate method of diagnosing a particular food allergy is a combination of the history and prick skin testing (typically preformed by an allergist). Blood testing is an alternative method though not as accurate.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What to do for allergic reaction to antibiotic ? Finished course. Just wait.

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Dr. Kamel Sadek
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Antihistamine: A short course of antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help. It is advisable to have your doctor classify the allergic reaction and document in your medical record the type of antibiotic which caused the reaction. Please, always follow directions listed on over the counter meds and better yet double check with a pharmacist.
A 33-year-old member asked:

My 22 month old vomiting and diarrhea. Should I take her to ER tonight ?

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 9 years experience
Vomiting : Yes if she can't hold anything down. Dehydration can be life threatening.

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