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what are the symptoms of hypersensitivity to onions?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Typical symptoms: Regardless of the food triggering an allergic reaction the allergic reaction consists of some or all of these symptoms: itchy & swollen of lips, tongue, mouth, throat, nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, hives, swollen face, eyelids, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, a sense of doom, dizziness, loss of consciousness.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is there a connection between hypersensitivity and depression ?

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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: Hypersensitivity can create abnormal amounts of stress. The subsequent elevation in stress hormones like cortisol can then lead to chemical changes in the brain that produce depression.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between hypersensitivity and auto-immune disease, in the terms of immunology?

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Dr. Robert Ramirez
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Very different: A hypersensitivity is generally what we call an allergic reaction. This is mostly to things you find in the environment, and most of the time is driven by an antibody called ige. An autoimmune disease is usually driven by igg antibody, and what is being attacked is something in the body that the immune system thinks is "foreign" and should be "dealt with" when it shouldn't be.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is there a formal diagnosis for children who have a hypersensitivity to clothing, fabrics, etc...?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Clothing allergy: Many persons who itch when wearing clothing suffer from contact allergy. Detergents, fabic softeners or formaldehyde could be the cause. Step one is to change to a fragrance free detergent such as all free clear and avoid dryer sheets. A fragrance-free bath soaps (such as vanicream or cetaphil restoraderm cleanser) should also be used if fragrance allergy is suspected.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are onion supplements used for if onions are cheap?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Flavor/ smell: Because some people don't like the way that onions smell or they might not like the favour.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why does the tip of my fingers start to peel and get really dry after cooking with onions?

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maureranswered
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Acid: The onions have an acid that drys and etches the skin.

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