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My 16 year old son was diagnosed with a severe shellfish allergy and recently his allergy testing came back that shellfish was fine and that he has a sesame allergy. He has other enviromental allergies and controlled asthma. These were his only known

My 16 year old son was diagnosed with a severe shellfish allergy  and recently his allergy testing came back that shellfish was fine and that he has a sesame allergy.  He has other enviromental allergies and  controlled asthma.  These were his only known

Not sure of ? but->: It is possible to "outgrow " a food allergy. If the skin test is now negative ...Sometimes we will first verify with an immunocap blood test. .. And if also negative have the pt bring the food to the office to eat a little at a time over a couple of hours. Of course other food allergies can develop ... Though a sesame allergy is not related to the shellfish allergy. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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34 year-old woman with a 2-year history of recurrent rashes of small areas of itchy little papules, on the legs and then arms, despite treatment.....?

34 year-old woman with a 2-year history of recurrent rashes of small areas of itchy little papules, on the legs and then arms, despite treatment.....?

See Derm: YOu need to consult a skin specialist who may consider doing a skin biopsy to find out the cause if possible. Even if the cause may not be found, there are usually effective treatments. In the meanwhile, try applying skin moisturizer at least 1x daily ...Read more

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I am terrified to introduce peanut butter to my 5 year old's diet. He has no food other allergies but he does have asthma and very sensitive skin. Is there any safe, suggested method for introducing foods? Can we get allergy tests first?

I am terrified to introduce peanut butter to my 5 year old's diet.   He has no food other allergies but he does have asthma and very sensitive skin.   Is there any safe, suggested method for introducing foods?  Can we get allergy tests first?

Yes: This issue is still being researched. If a child has other allergic conditions like asthma or eczema or if he has siblings with food allergy it is recommended in infants they be tested for peanut allergy and then peanut introduced at young age with thought that this will prevent allergy in future. However in a 5 year old there are no good recommendations for intro. See allergist for test and intro ...Read more

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If I had Class 1 on milk allergy on rast testing, but negative on skin testing is it safe to take advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) to help control asthma?

If I had Class 1 on milk allergy on rast testing, but negative on skin testing is it safe to take advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) to help control asthma?

Yes: Yes, it is completely safe to take Advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) with your supposed "milk allergy." That being said I would talk to your Allergist about your allergy in detail. From the results of your testing it is likely that you do not have a milk allergy. ...Read more

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How can I avoid complications from allergy testing?

How can I avoid complications from allergy testing?

Minimal: Typically there are no significant complications to allergy testing. It is best if a patients asthma is in good control before allergy testing and they should be off antihistamines for several days to be sure that the test indicates all of their allergies. Antihistamines interfere with the ability of the test to show a positive result. ...Read more

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How and where does a allergy testing happen on your body?

How and where does a allergy testing happen on your body?

Allergy Testing: It can done on the upper arm, or on the upper back. Tiny amounts of the substances being tested are injected/pricked/or scratched into the skin and the response of the skin is measured to assess for the presence of sensitivity. ...Read more

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Does allergy testing detect all your allergies or just a few?

Does allergy testing detect all your allergies or just a few?

Wrong question: A better approach is to state your symptoms. Then your dr can begin to help define & then relieve these symptoms. Allergy testing is of very limited use towards finding the best treatment. ...Read more

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What is the benefit of going through allergy testing and getting injections?

What is the benefit of going through allergy testing and getting injections?

Help you feel Better: The first step in treating allergies is to be tested ..Usually on the skin. This helps figure out the cause(s). Then treatment (including avoidance or lessening exposure) can be done. Allergy shots are very effective when the above doesn't help enough. Being tested doesn't mean you need to get shots. ...Read more

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I have to go for allergy testing tomorrow. What happens to me during and after?

I have to go for allergy testing tomorrow. What happens to me during and after?

Allergy testing: There are several different kinds of allergy testing. One is a simple blood draw....Takes a few days to get results back, the others are via skin testing......You likely have avoided anti-histamines like loratidine and ceterizine. These tests can take up to an hour, but results are know right away. Your arm will have some reddish bumps if you are allergic, these will decrease in a day or so. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter
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Allergy Tests (Definition)

Allergies can be identified by allergy tests. The best allergy test is a skin test. It is safe and reliable. The next best allergy test is a blood test - less reliable than skin tests but also safe. If we are looking into food allergy then a challenge test is very reliable but ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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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