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can food allergies start suddenly?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
They can: Food allergies can start at any age (but usually children) and may occur suddenly even after tolerating that particular food many times. They can also seem to occur on the first known exposure, suggesting allergic sensitization through the skin, breast milk or accidental unrecognized source.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Do food allergies start suddenly like when you are eating?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Maybe: The more significant the allergy, the quicker the response. Food allergies often manifest with itching or swelling in the mouth while eating; once swallowed, there may be abdominal cramping. Bloating, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Acute, severe reactions can cause hives, wheezing and loss of blood pressure, but milder, chronic allergy & ingestion can cause rashes such as eczema.
A 19-year-old female asked:

If I shared food with someone who had mono when they were 2, will I get mono?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Unlikely: While one has antibodies for life after being exposed to the virus that causes mono. The virus should no longer be causing a problem.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is having a guilty conscious about food a healthy way to lose weight?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No: A guilty conscience about food is not a healthy way to lose weight. Healthy food nourishes your body and keeps it running well. Emotional problems can sometimes confuse and complicate the process of eating, though. For instance, some with binge eating disorder suffer guilt about food. See your physician if you're concerned about your weight or your feelings about food.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Are allergies a autoimmune disorder?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No : Allergies are not autoimmune disorder. Allergy is the overproduction of ige, the allergy antibody, to various allergens in the environment. Autoimmune disease is different antibodies to "self" antigens.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

Why is my 2 year old daughters stool always a shade of green? I rarely give her juice or food coloring so it cannot be the dye...

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Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
Pediatrics 43 years experience
Normal!: It is not uncommon in some children. If the stool is formed , child is growing i would not worry about it. It is often from green leafy vegetables, coloring agents in the food or simply due to rapid transit from small intestine to large intestine where it normally is tuned brown.

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