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After eating cashews, my tongue became very itchy, i had little red spots on my tongue an i felt a burning feeling. Could this be an allergic reaction?

After eating cashews, my tongue became very itchy, i had little red spots on my tongue an i felt a burning feeling. Could this be an allergic reaction?

Cashew: The cashew family is called anacardiaceae. Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac are all members of this family. Cells within the two layers of the cashew nut's hull secrete an allergenic resin. Cashew nut shell oil has 12 allergens and cross react with poison ivy, and mango skin and ginko biloba. So the answer is yes. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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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


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Frequency of cashew allergies?

Frequency of cashew allergies?

1%-2%: It is estimated that one-two percent of the U.S. Population has tree nut allergies which cashews belong to. ...Read more

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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more

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My girlfriend had an allergic reaction to pistachio nuts, what should she do?

My girlfriend had an allergic reaction to pistachio nuts, what should she do?

Don't eat it: Don't eat pistachios! easy. And avoid anything made with pistachios. Depending on the reaction, she may want to have an epi-pen with her at all times just in case. ...Read more

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What can I do if my girlfriend just had an allergic reaction to pistachio nuts, what should she do?

What can I do if my girlfriend just had an allergic reaction to pistachio nuts, what should she do?

Seek care quickly: Nut allergic reactions can be severe and life threatening. Symptoms can occur quickly and progress unless treatment is given. A person with known nut allergy should have with them their self-injectable Epinephrine for use. Pistachio allergy frequently coincides with cashew allergy, so these should be avoided. For food allergy testing and an action plan, see allergist, but er is best now! ...Read more

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If I haven't eaten foods in months like nuts or nut butter, could it cause an allergic reaction when eating it since its been out of diet for so long?

If I haven't eaten foods in months like nuts or nut butter, could it cause an allergic reaction when eating it since its been out of diet for so long?

No: In young infants , early introduction of nuts into diet reduces the risk of developing allergy to nuts. In adults, you are no more likely to become allergic after withholding nuts in the diet ...Read more

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If the pecan is still in the shell, could it still cause an allergic reaction if someone allergic to nuts still handles it?

If the pecan is still in the shell, could it still cause an allergic reaction if someone allergic to nuts still handles it?

Highly unlikely.: But if the shells have been contaminated by the nuts in the process and the handler touches his own lips after handling it, there is a theoretical possibility but in general one would not expect any reaction. The report of reaction to peanut dust in the air is something I have yet to witness. ...Read more

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I noticed parts around my mouth got swollen and kinda hurt. Only thing i ate was brazil nuts. Is it a possible allergic reaction that i had?

Possible but: In the absence of itching, allergy is less likely. If you must eat brazil nut again in the future, consider consulting an allergist who can confirm or disprove this link for you. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more