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Ate spaghetti squash (w/olive oil, goat cheese, salt, pepper). Nose swollen inside, sinusdrainage, asthma. Allergic to squash?!? Other food allergies.

Ate spaghetti squash (w/olive oil, goat cheese, salt, pepper). Nose swollen inside, sinusdrainage, asthma. Allergic to squash?!? Other food allergies.

Food allergy: If you ate the squash and had an immediate reaction (minutes to 2hrs) that included hives, swelling, shortness of breath, wheeze, throat tightness, vomiting or passing out then I would be concerned for a food allergy reaction. Would make an appointment with an allergist to determine what could be the culprit foods. Bring list of ingredients eaten that meal to appointment. Avoid foods until seen. ...Read more

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Can algae grow on a stainless steel/chrome hookah stem?

Can algae grow on a stainless steel/chrome hookah stem?

Yes: usually not algae, but various kinds of fungi can grow on any wet surface that stays chronically wet. ...Read more

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Can charco caps(carbo vegerabills, lycipodium clavatum, cinchona officinalis, sulphur) turn stool a charcoal color? Nearly black?

Can charco caps(carbo vegerabills, lycipodium clavatum, cinchona officinalis, sulphur) turn stool a charcoal color? Nearly black?

? content: The problem is that these supplements are unregulated and untested for safety, purity and safety. If this contains charcoal it could turn stools black. You in fact do not know what you are taking. ...Read more

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Allergy to organic trail mix. Throat closed. Which ingred likely? Raisin, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, cashew, apples, almonds, cranberries, cane syrup

Allergy to organic trail mix. Throat closed. Which ingred likely? Raisin, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, cashew, apples, almonds, cranberries, cane syrup

Food allergy: An allergist can help diagnose and treating this particular problem. Allergy testing either by blood or skin test can give us information of which food is likely the one that cause such symptom. Throat closing is dangerous. I would advise you seek specialist medical advice soon. ...Read more

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2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

Board certified MD?: Make sure the doc telling you this is doing skin testing and not blood testing, consider a trip to a board certified allergy immunologist specialist, unlikely all of these positive tests are clinically significant. ...Read more

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Would pollen (birch) immunotherapy help resolve OAS? (Apple, hazelnut, peanuts ara h8, etc)

Would pollen (birch) immunotherapy help resolve OAS?  (Apple, hazelnut, peanuts ara h8, etc)

Maybe: Will birch immunotherapy help with oral allergy syndrome? I agree with Dr. Al Hegab that the benefits are not fully understood at this point in time and immunotherapy solely for the purpose of treating OAS is not recommended. However, if you also have allergic rhinitis and/or allergic asthma symptoms, immunotherapy could improve these symptoms, and maybe symptoms of OAS. ...Read more

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Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

Probably not.: Although it sounds as though it probably would not affect it, nutritional supplements are not tested or overseen by any regulatory agency, so it is impossible to know for sure what you're getting. You should discuss any potential interactions with your OB/GYN. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Safe fruits/foods for airborne nut allergies?

Safe fruits/foods for airborne nut allergies?

Nuts cautioned,: It is believed that one is likely allergic to most nuts when a definite allergy to one nut has been documented. However this is not always true since some people may be allergic to just one nut and not the others. You need to consult an allergist to sort this out since a serious reaction to airborne nuts (including peanut which is actually a bean) has rarely been noted outside of workplace. ...Read more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more

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Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Poison ivy: Greetings. Yes poison ivy and sumac can grow around trees and scrubs in school yards. These plants can grow anywhere. ...Read more

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Is freshly fertilized grass poisonous?

Is freshly fertilized grass poisonous?

No: Fertilization is done with nitrogen rich chemicals not strictly poisonous but obnoxious and potentially allergenic. Best not to play around until the fertilizer is absorbed by watering the lawn or until the next rainfall. ...Read more

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Could people with environmental allergies drink barley grass juice?

Could people with environmental allergies drink barley grass juice?

Depends: Allergies whether they be food or environmental in origin are rather specific to the person. Anyone with environmental allergies may also be allergic to barley. Before i would clear it for use, i would want some idea of past reactions during use or a food allergy test. ...Read more

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Can you mix spirulina and wheat grass powder?

Can you mix spirulina and wheat grass powder?

Yes: Not only can you mix these but there are many "superfood" powders that have both of these, often combined with other nutrients like chlorella, barley grass, oat grass, fruit and vegetable extracts and herbs. My personal favorite superfood powders are ORAC Energy Greens from Paradise Herbs and Vitamineral Green from Health Force Nutritionals. ...Read more

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Are pumpkin seed shells edible?

Are pumpkin seed shells edible?

Yes: Pumpkin seed shells are edible- they probably test best when toasted in an oven. You might even try adding a salt free fat free seasoning for additional taste. ...Read more

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Which plants absorb volatile organic compounds (vocs)?

Please be careful: Nature is full of her own volatile organic compounds, some of which are actually produced by plants -- even to communicate, or so we think. Some synthetic small molecules with low vaporizing temperatures are classed as pollutants in the VOC category. If you are persuaded that these are causing your ill-health, as some cultists say, you'll probably never feel well again. Plants won't clear them. ...Read more

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Allergic to olive trees?

Allergic to olive trees?

Possible: Olive tree pollen allergy is not common in the us b/c olive trees are not that common. It is more common in mediteranean area. ...Read more

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Which are healthier: black olives or green?

Which are healthier: black olives or green?

No preference: Medicine does not have a stake in this game. There would be no preference or specific health benefit from olives. They are both considered to be 'fat' calories. ...Read more