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Allergic To Almost Everything
Mastocytosis: An over abundance of mast cells in the skin, GI tract, bone marrow, etc (that release histamine) can cause frequent symptoms of allergy including hives. Flushing, more severe reactions to insect stings. The test to assess for mastocytosis is a blood test for tryptase. It's not a true allergy to food, medications, etc, but it can sure seem like it. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my child recently took an allergy test and is allergic to almost everything?
Would having allergies all year long predispose me to more sicknesses such as viruses? I am allergic to almost everything in the air.
Predisposition: It is definitely possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
It depends: Talk with your doctor. Some foods may be simply avoided if they cause allergy symptoms. Depending on her age and the severity of the allergic response, she may be a candidate for allergy shots. Some airborne allergens will be nearly impossible to avoid, and she may need preventative type medications such as steroid nasal inhalers. ...Read more
Please describe a good non-drowsy allergy medicine for someone who is allergic to almost everything?
Nondrowsy medication: The antihistamine fexofenadine (allegra) is a very good non-drowsy medication. Claritin (loratadine) is also non drowsy. Zyrtec has a low likelihood of leading to drowsiness. The nasal steroid sprays are all non-drowsy. There are a lot of choices. Allergy injections are the best long term treatment for environmental allergies and are non-drowsy. ...Read more
Good question: We still don't know for sure. There is definitely a strong hereditary component. When our immune surveillance encounters a potential invader it triages the type of response like branches of the military. But in this case they mistakenly sent the air force instead of the police. Co-factors are involved like diesel exhaust. Early antigen exposure seems to be protective. See Hygeine Hypothesis ...Read more
Likely not but: If you know something which triggers your symptoms, then it will likely be the cause. For example, if contact with a cat causes you to sneeze , itch, or tear, then cat is the most likely culprit. Very rarely is one allergic to only one agent and thus an allergy consult would be your best bet. Allergy blood test is ok but less sensitive than skin testing. ...Read more
Food sensitivity: It really depends upon what you mean by being allergic. Many patients have food sensitvities which are not ige mediated. It is important to have a thorough evaluation by an allergist to determine what you are both allergic as well as sensitive to. Then, a proper diagnosis and diet can then be offered. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: A certain degreet of exposure to a protein has to occur before an allergy to it develops. This is the case with latex allergy; it is found most commonly in people that work with latex regularly such as rubber industry workers or health care professionals. Sometimes exposure is not obvious and may be hidden & an allergy ensues. If you suspect a latex allergy, an allergist may be able to help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chocolate allergy!: While a food allergy can happen anytime within someone's life, a chocolate allergy may be related to other ingredients mixed in with it rather than cocoa. Chocolate bars can have traces of nuts and of course milk. You will get your answer by seeing an allergist and getting tested for it. ...Read more
What can you do to politely deal with social eating when you're allergic to everything on the menu?
Bring snacks: Bringing snacks with you that you can eat will reduce your need to explain yourself, though will not eliminate it. We are becoming more aware of allergies and this helps allergy sufferers not have to bear the burden of having to worry about offending others. An alternate source of foods you can eat and a brief, kind explanation ought to suffice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't know if im allergic or not to royal jelly. After how much time will i feel something if im allergic ?
If you have a : True allergy, almost immediately. But you could have a reaction that is not a true allergy, and this might take few days for symptoms to manifest. ...Read more
What other possible DX would there be if I've been told I don't fit hereditary or allergic angioedema profiles?
I have been having freak allergic reactions out of nowhere and the doctors don't know why. How can I get treated for this?
Allergy specialist: Sometimes allergic reactions can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. For this reason it is important to seek a consultation with a board certified allergist. An allergist is uniquely qualified to investigate, diagnose and treat allergic reactions. ...Read more
It seems like sometimes dairy bothers me and sometimes it doesn't. Could I be only allergic to some dairy products & not others?
I don't experience any allergic symptoms when im around cats or dogs. So that means, im not allergic to animals? Never had any reactions to animals.
I have cronic rhinitis, is there any test that could say me what I am allergic of? (i have the symptoms only in 1 place and i don't know what is it!)
Get allergy tested: Allergy can present with many symptoms including: skin rashes (eczema or hives) runny or stuffy nose (heyfever or sinusitis) or trouble breathing or coughing (asthma). If these symptoms intefere with your life then going to an allergist to get tested and developing a plan to deal with the allergies and their symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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