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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

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


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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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Can an allergic reaction to food be as mild as a stomach ache? I eat most nuts with no problems, but felt ill after eating pistachios

Can an allergic reaction to food be as mild as a stomach ache? I eat most nuts with no problems, but felt ill after eating pistachios

Yes: In case of nuts , the probability of an allergic reaction is high. Since each tree nut is different in allergen content, it is also not surprising that you only have reaction to pistachios. Since the severity of the next reaction is unpredictable, it is best for you to avoid this nut. In case of doubt, consult an allergist to get tested. ...Read more

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I am allergic to pistachios, but I can't eat raw sunflower seeds or raw almonds? Are those allergies?

I am allergic to pistachios, but I can't eat raw sunflower seeds or raw almonds? Are those allergies?

Most likely , yes: Pistachios and almonds are both tree nuts and can cross react with other tree nuts like cashews, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts and all of them should be avoided. Sunflower seeds are not treenuts and usually do not cross react with treenuts. However, if you have adverse reactions whenever you eat them, they should be avoided as well. ...Read more

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What is an allergic reaction?

What is an allergic reaction?

An altered reaction: The roots of "allergy" are from greek "allos" (different) and "ergos" (action). So, an allergic reaction is a "different" (from normal) reaction. The reaction occurs to an allergen. An allergen can be a pollen (ragweed), food (peanut), animal (dust mite or bee venom), or other foreign substances. Symptoms occur due to histamine and other chemicals and cause sneezing, runny nose, etc. ...Read more

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What are signs of an allergic reaction to something?

Several symptoms: Allergic reactions may include any number of symptoms including hives, shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, throat discomfort, swelling of the lips/tongue, vomiting or diarrhea. Milder symptoms include runny nose, congestion, sneeze, or itchy/watery eyes. ...Read more

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Is rosacea an allergic reaction?

Is rosacea an allergic reaction?

No: Rosacea is an inherited condition characterized by extra sensitive skin, flushing, dilated blood vessels, inflammatory bumps that mimic acne, and enlarging bumpy nose. Common triggers are chronic sun exposure, caffeine, alcohol, and increase in core temperature, etc...The inflammatory reaction of rosacea is not histamine driven as it is in an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Beef allergy: Are you allergic to beef or is it simply something in the aging process of the corned beef that you reacted to? Your allergist can test you. ...Read more

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How to treat allergic reaction to cat?

How to treat allergic reaction to cat?

Taking antihistamine: Can help. If you need to be in frequent contact with cats - please see an allergist. ...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