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Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Is my acne caused by a food allergy?

Is my acne caused by a food allergy?

No: It is very well established now that acne is not due to food allergies, but certain bacteria on the skin. There is no need to alter your diet to treat acne. Instead, see a dermatologist for the best advice; this may includes antibiotic creams, other lotions, etc. Enjoy your meals! ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
2,592 doctors shared insights

Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Dr. Zachary Veres Dr. Veres
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang Dr. Chuang
Dermatology
46 years in practice
National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine
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Which allergies cause acne?

Which allergies cause acne?

Not allergy: Allergy never caused acne. Acne mainly caused by a burst of male hormone and its subsequent chain reaction. Sometimes, irritant (not allergic) materials/topicals can cuase acne. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Nela Cordero Dr. Cordero
Pediatrics
50 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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Can allergies to cats cause acne ?

Can allergies to cats cause acne ?

NO: Allergy to cats cause other symptoms like coughing, itchy rash but not acne, sob and other allergic manifestations. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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I read something about acne being caused by dairy and sugar allergies. Is it true?

I read something about acne being caused by dairy and sugar allergies. Is it true?

Not true: It has been well established that acne is related to superficial skin bacteria and not related to diet including allergies. Enjoy your sugar and milk! ...Read more

Dr. Cindy Juster Dr. Juster
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Can a milk allergy cause acne?

Can a milk allergy cause acne?

Less likely: Depending on how old someone is, a true milk allergy can cause eczema-like rash, bloody diarrhea, hives, vomiting, difficulty breathing, facial swelling, cough, wheeze, abdominal pain, lip swelling, etc. Acne in young infants is due to leftover maternal hormones, and acne in preteens, teen, and young adults is due to puberty related changes in hormone levels and skin. Your doctor can see what's needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Could a wheat allergy cause horrible acne?

Could a wheat allergy cause horrible acne?

Unlikely: Wheat allergy would manifest as symptoms of hives, swelling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea or less likely anaphylaxis. Acne should not be an allergic reaction and new onset acne in a 47 year old would be an indication to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Can an acne breakout on back cause itching, if not what else can cause these itchy pimple like things on my back no contact with allergies ?

Can an acne breakout on back cause itching, if not what else can cause these itchy pimple like things on my back no contact with allergies ?

Many causes: Acne is not usually associated with itching. Since there are many potential causes, a dermatology consult would be your best bet . ...Read more

Dr. Tommy Chen Dr. Chen
Dermatology
43 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Dr. Albert Melaragno Dr. Melaragno
Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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How 2 distinguish between baby acne, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, or soy allergy? I'm pumping + supplementing and don't know rash cause

How 2 distinguish between baby acne, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, or soy allergy? I'm pumping + supplementing and don't know rash cause

Rashes common: I'm assuming your baby is fairly new Rashes need to be seen for correct identification Most of the food sensitivities have intestinal symptoms as well such as gas, irritability. rashes in very young infants are common and you should see your doctor for a proper visual ID ...Read more

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Dr. David Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Could I have I developed an allergy to acne medication?

Could I have I developed an allergy to acne medication?

Its possible: It depends on (a) which acne medication (b) what the symptoms were (c) when the symptoms occured in proximity to starting the medication and to administering the medication. Best to see a doctor that will ask you more specific questions and help you determine if you had an allergic reaction. ...Read more

Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang Dr. Chuang
Dermatology
46 years in practice
National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Have cystic like acne on back ever since getting allergy prick test done 2yrs ago? What could this be? How to cure? Thanks!

Have cystic like acne on back ever since getting allergy prick test done 2yrs ago? What could this be? How to cure? Thanks!

Keloids: You may have developed keloids. Keloids can be considered to be "scars that don't know when to stop." a keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Alyson Simpson Dr. Simpson
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Will treating my food allergies fix my acne?

Will treating my food allergies fix my acne?

No: I agree that acne is a hormonal problem but there are some studies to suggest that certain foods such as chocolate and fattier foods can exacerbate symptoms. However, this is an adverse food reaction that is not immunologically mediated like the food allergy. Proper hygeine and consultation with a dermatologist is recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How will i know if it is acne on my face or facial allergy?

How will i know if it is acne on my face or facial allergy?

Easy call: Allergy can usually be suspected by the history; a contact allergy has a distribution depending on the cause. Acne will produce blackheads and/or pustules; pus is unlikely with a contact dermatitis / allergy. You need to be aware that all acne is manageable though the disease is chronic and must remit on its own. If two weeks of benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you, get with your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,146 doctors shared insights

Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
2,459 doctors shared insights

Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more