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A 25-year-old male asked:

I have health anxiety. my fear is food allergy and that my tongue is going to swell because of the food i eat. have no food allergy or other allergies?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Moore
Dentistry 36 years experience
Allergies: Look at family history, is anyone else have any allergies? Then get yourself tested by a physician for any allergic reactions to all foods.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
51 years experience
Bad Information: Tongue does not swell. It is a muscle. Its size cannot react to any food that you eat.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
ERP Can Help!: Excessive anxiety related to physical symptoms or a medical condition, sometimes referred to as "health anxiety" or "hypochondriasis" is typically thought of as a type of obsessive compulsive disorder: People are tormented by repeated, unwanted thoughts of their health fear: http://psychcentral.com/lib/ocd-and-health-anxiety/ It responds to Exposure and Response Prevention treatment -a form of CBT
Dr. Jerry Brown
Dr. Jerry Brown commented
Prosthodontics 54 years experience
Consult with a nutritionally informed dentist who might help you relieve food related tongue swellings.
Jul 19, 2016

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