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Are food allergies genetic?

Are food allergies genetic?

Loaded Question: To some degree they may be. For example in peanut allergic children subsequent sibs are probably at a higher risk than the general population for peanut allergy. However, the genetics of allergic disease is very complex and one generally passes on the ability to be allergic rather than a specific allergy. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Chicken Allergy (Definition)

Chicken allergy is an immunologic reaction to consumption of chicken. Some children will have a condition known as food protein induced enterocolitis in which they developed delayed symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal pain hours after consumption of chicken. Others may have an immediate allergic reaction via an ige mediated mechanism characterized by hives, itch, ...Read more


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How are food allergy and food intolerance different?

Diff erent way fo: Allergy means you get hives, runny nose , may be troule breathing within min to 2 hrs and need to avoid and treatment, intolerance more like upset stomach, gassy stomach ache, e.G milk allergy avoid for 2 yrs might out grow, lactose intolerance forget about milk. ...Read more

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Allergic dermatitis and food allergies are closely related?

Allergic dermatitis and food allergies are closely related?

Allergic contact: Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with substances that your skin is sensitive or allergic to. The reaction usually appears within 24-48 hours after exposure to the allergen. Symptoms that are common include redness, itching and swelling. Sometimes blistering and weeping of the skin also develop. What you are allergic to is determined by your genes, not foods. ...Read more

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Food allergies- could it be from proteins in food that cause food allergies?

Food allergies- could it be from proteins in food that cause food allergies?

Yes: It usually is a protein in the food that causes the food allergies. Protein, meaning the specific part of a food that triggers your immune system. For example: milk allergy may be because of the casein protein in the milk. There also may be allergies to the carbohydrate unit of the meats but that is rare and presents differently. Best be evaluated by an allergist to help you clarify your allergy. ...Read more

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Causes of food allergies?

Causes of food allergies?

Great Question: That is a great question and one that is up for debate at every national allergy meeting as we are seeing more and more people diagnosed with food allergies every day. Unfortunately the best minds in the field have yet to come to a consensus and therefore we don't have any way yet of preventing the development of food allergies in children or adults. Continue to stay tuned. ...Read more

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How are food allergies tested?

How are food allergies tested?

Oral challenge: History trumps skin & blood testing for food allergy. With a history of a reaction like hives, difficulty swallowing, throat tickle, vomiting, asthma or anaphylaxis minutes to hours after eating a food negative skin & blood tests are insufficient to rule-out allergy. A positive test is usually convincing. Mostly we do unblinded challenges in the office reserving double-blind for ambiguous cases. ...Read more

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Can allergic rhinitis be linked to food intolerances or food allergy?

Can allergic rhinitis be linked to food intolerances or food allergy?

YES: On some occasions I have found kids whose only confirmed allergies were to foods.Removal from their diet resulted in a clearing of airway problems. ...Read more

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Do hives from food allergies always mean anaphylactic reaction?

Do hives from food allergies always mean anaphylactic reaction?

Not always: Hives as a symptom along the continuium of allergic reactions. The concern is that the next time they are exposed to this allergen they may react more severely (anaphylaxis). This is definitely something you want to see your child's doctor about. ...Read more

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How are food allergies diagnosed?

How are food allergies diagnosed?

History and testing: Food allergy diagnosis begins with a detailed history of what symptoms are occurring and when especially in relation to meals. A thorough diet history is obtained. An exam is performed. Allergy testing can be performed either through skin testing or blood tests for ige to specific foods. Neither way of testing is perfect, so food challenges are sometimes necessary. An allergist can assist. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of infant food allergies?

What are symptoms of infant food allergies?

Many possible ones.: Symptoms of infant food allergies can include poor weight gain, hives, bloody diarrhea, severe eczema, facial/eyelid/tongue/lip/throat swelling, itching, chest tightness, wheeze, vomiting, abdominal pain, rapid pulse, dizziness, low blood pressure, fainting, and/or respiratory or cardiac arrest. Please see your child's doctor or an allergist asap for evaluation if you suspect a food allergy. ...Read more

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What food do people with food allergies eat to get the same nutrients they need from the foods they're allergic to? i.e. Nuts, shellfish and pork?

What food do people with food allergies eat to get the same nutrients they need from the foods they're allergic to? i.e. Nuts, shellfish and pork?

Micronutrients: Protein, Omega fatty acids and micronutrients are nutritional advantages of the foods you have mentioned. A whole raw food multivitamin and other protein sources such as lean beef, organ meats, soy, avocado, spinach, kale can help make up the difference. ...Read more

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Are wheat allergies really common?

Are wheat allergies really common?

Wheat allergy: Wheat allergy is thought to be rare. Less than 1% of the population suffers from true food allergy to wheat. Also it is important to remember that true food allergy to wheat is different than gluten sensitivity / celiac disease. ...Read more

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How common are food allergies?

How common are food allergies?

4-8, 2-4%: 4-8% of children in the USA are allergic to foods, and about 2-4% of adults. Allergic reactions to foods can be life threatening, so you need to be prepared to deal with a reaction at any time. About one hundred fifty people die of food allergic reactions in the USA every year. ...Read more

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Allergy asthma fighting foods I have a tons of allergies. I also have asthma. What types of food fight allergies and asthma?

Allergy asthma fighting foods I have a tons of allergies.  I also have asthma.  What types of food fight allergies and asthma?

Healthy diet: No specific foods fight asthma and allergies. Focus on eating a well balanced with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Some people with pollen allergy may experience itchy mouth or throat when eating raw fruits or vegetables. Usually the foods are tolerated if peeled or cooked. ...Read more

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Are food intolerances like msg and onion permanent?

Are food intolerances like msg and onion permanent?

Food Intolerance : Unfortunately they do tend to be permanent although they can fluctuate and sometimes regress in symptoms. ...Read more

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Do allergies to food cause gastritis?

They may: There are many ways to cause distress. First, go see your doctor. Make sure nothing else is causing this. Then try an elimination diet for 30 days, adding foods back one at a time (every 5 days), watch for reactions.You may have outright allergies or food intolerances. Both can cause distress. Meanwhile try dgl (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) before each meal to start to heal the stomach lining. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of food allergies?

What are some symptoms of food allergies?

Food allergy symptom: Food allergy symptoms can be as basic as itching in the mouth or tongue as well as severe as anaphylaxis (a whole body allergic reaction) other symptoms may be more subtle and delayed such as eczema ...Read more

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Are spicy food bad for eyes?

Are spicy food bad for eyes?

Not reallhy: Spicy foods can trigger rosacea affecting the eyes. They have been reported to cause bags under eyes, but this is not been proven scientifically. So they do not hurt the eyes directly. Spice saffron although not spicy has been shown in studies to improve macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. ...Read more

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What does a high immuniglobin e total mean if all food allergies were within normal range ?

IgE elevated: Ige is the allergic antibody, in the United States. Being elevated simply means that you are at increased risk of having any sort of allergic reaction compared to someone with a normal level. But elevation does not mean a reaction will happen...Just increased risk of reaction. ...Read more

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Castor Bean Allergy (Definition)

The TH2 immune system produces specific IgE to an allergen and thus the overall reactions will be the same with variations due to organ susceptibility, genetics, degree of allergy (stronger skin test response often but not always reflects more severe reactions), the amount of allergens. Certain medications worsens the severity of reactions. Handling castor bean ...Read more


Allergy (Definition)

An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by ...Read more