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Why does my throat go numb with literally everything I eat? Impossible to be allergic to everything.

Why does my throat go numb with literally everything I eat? Impossible to be allergic to everything.

True: but numb throat isn't a symptom of allergy ! rather something else, you may want to consult an ENT doctor, check your primary doctor first. I am not sure if salt water gargles would help, no harm if you try, good luck ...Read more

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Always fine w penicillin, but had extreme allergic reaction reaction to keflex! does that mean I am now also allergic to penicillin for sure?

Always fine w penicillin, but had extreme allergic reaction reaction to keflex! does that mean I am now also allergic to penicillin for sure?

Not necessarily: While penicillin and Cephalexin (keflex) share some features, allergy to one does not necessarily to one mean that you are allergic to the other. See a board-certified allergist/immunologist to sort things out. ...Read more

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I think i'm having allergic reaction although i've never had one and not known to be allergic to anything. Very itchy all day everywhere and some welt?

I think i'm having allergic reaction although i've never had one and not known to be allergic to anything. Very itchy all day everywhere and some welt?

Urticaria/Hives: When you have an allergic reaction to a substance, your body releases histamine and other chemicals into your bloodstream. This causes itching, swelling, and other symptoms. Hives are a common reaction, especially in people with other allergies. Hives can be caused by food, medications, infections, and some systemic disease.You can try antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. ...Read more

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I know that I am allergic to shrimp and lobster due to anaphylactic reactions. Crab and everything else are fine however, why is this? Crawfish ok?

I know that I am allergic to shrimp and lobster due to anaphylactic reactions.  Crab and everything else are fine however, why is this? Crawfish ok?

Allergist/testing: If you have had life threatening reactions to shrimp and lobster you should avoid all shellfish and carry an epipen (epinephrine). There are major and minor allergens that people can react to with shellfish. The major allergens are similar across all shellfish and the minor allergens vary by species. You should be carrying an Epipen (epinephrine) and consult with an allergist for serum and skin testing to shellfish. ...Read more

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How do I find out what I am actually allergic to? Rast says everything... But have never reacted to tested food substances?

How do I find out what I am actually allergic to?  Rast says everything... But have never reacted to tested food substances?

Food allergy tests: We see a lot more false positive tests to foods than to inhalant allergens. On average, only about one positive food test in four can be correlated with symptoms.. The larger the reaction, or the higher the rast score, the more likely you are to react. So, if you never reacted, keep eating it. Once you react, avoid it. Treat your other allergies with immunotherapy for best outcome long term. ...Read more

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If I have an allergic reaction only to undercooked shrimp, wouldn't i just be allergic to shrimp all the time?

If I have an allergic reaction only to undercooked shrimp, wouldn't i just be allergic to shrimp all the time?

Shrimp allergy: Many foods have multiple allergens some of which may be destroyed by cooking. Most of time people react to cooked shrimp but it is possible to only be allergic to the protein which are destroyed by cooking. However over time you could develop allergy to cooked shrimp as well. ...Read more

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Female age 29. Been breaking out in hives with occasional angiodema since October. Been to allergist and did skin testing but reacted to everything because I was so sensitive. Did RAST testing and everything came out class 0 except for egg white and wheat

Female age 29. Been breaking out in hives with occasional angiodema since October. Been to allergist and did skin testing but reacted to everything because I was so sensitive. Did RAST testing and everything came out class 0 except for egg white and wheat

Chronic urticaria: A 30 yo female breaking out in hives and swelling for 6 months. When hives and swelling last longer than 6 weeks, this condition is called chronic urticaria and often has no known cause. In most cases, there are no food or environmental allergen triggers. Most important is treatment with oral antihistamines. Might need something stronger if not working. See allergist to further evaluate and treat ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to levothyroxine? I have had reactions to Synthroid & all of its generics. Tried tirosint but am allergic to the gelatin

Is it possible to be allergic to levothyroxine? I have had reactions to Synthroid & all of its generics. Tried tirosint but am allergic to the gelatin

Possible: It is possible to be allergic to anything, just as you are allergic to peanuts and wheat; however, the extent of allergic reaction is what matters. If it is tolerable and something like just mild, u can take it and just bear with it. If it gives you shortness of breath or hives, etc then do not take it at all. Talk to your primary care physician about options. ...Read more

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When is a reaction called anaphylaxis? I had med allergy including hives, flushing, rash, but nothing else. Was that anaphylaxis and do I call it that

When is a reaction called anaphylaxis? I had med allergy including hives, flushing, rash, but nothing else. Was that anaphylaxis and do I call it that

Anaphylaxis: Anaphylaxis=when your health suddenly changes-minutes to hours after a food, medication, allergen exposure, insect sting-such that you experience one or several of the following: swelling, hives, nausea, vomiting, flushing, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, fullness in the throat, fast heart rate. It sounds as though you had a mild systemic reaction pls get evaluated for drug allergy. ...Read more

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I have swollen lips due to allergic reaction to seafoods,chicken and egg..I used to eat them before..its almost 3months now and its still swollen.. ?

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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I have swollen lips due to allergic reaction to seafoods,chicken and egg..I used to eat them before..its almost 3months now and its still swollen.. ?

? Not allergy: Allergic reaction will fade away once the allergen is avoided or eliminated from the system, can't stay for three months unless you're continuously exposed, not the case. Kindly see your doctor, could be lip inflammation due to some other problem, wish you wellness ...Read more

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My daughter recently took an allergy test and is allergic to almost everything. What can be done?

My daughter recently took an allergy test and is allergic to almost everything. What can be done?

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

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Does allergic reaction to medicine like not being able to breath happen right away?

Does allergic reaction to medicine like not being able to breath happen right away?

Within 30 min-1 hour: Usually allergic reactions after ingestion of food or medication occur within 30 min to an hour. ...Read more

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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 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.

Animal allergy: I am not clear on your question, why do you suspect you are allergic to animals? Were you tested for allergies? If so, and you tested positive, you may have subtle symptoms around them that you may not recognize as allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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I wasn't allergic to anything that i knew of , but the past twodizzy / lightheaded what could this be , an allergic reaction ?

I wasn't allergic to anything that i knew of , but the past twodizzy / lightheaded what could this be , an allergic reaction ?

Sounds: a bit complicated. Dizziness certainly can be a component of a serious allergic reaction and this should be addressed. However, there are many other potential causes and more information about you, environmental/diet/drug exposures, and your medical history will be helpful in the context of a virtual consult with Health Tap concierge or urgent phone call to your primary doctor. ...Read more

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Allergy test came back highly allergic to all dairy, all wheat, gluten, all yeast, rice, eggs, some fish. Could anything else be wrong?Why so much?

Allergy test came back highly allergic to all dairy, all wheat, gluten, all yeast, rice, eggs, some fish. Could anything else be wrong?Why so much?

Doubtful results: I wonder if you had your test with a board certified allergist, or was it a random blood test you had with another practitioner. It is unlikely for an adult to be allergic to all these items and i stronly doubt the accuracy of these results. I suggest you consult a board certified allergist to discuss your symptoms and determine the indication for specific testing. ...Read more

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Can an allergy be permanently cured? I have a soybean allergy and everything I love practically has soybeans. I want to be able to enjoy food again.

Can an allergy be permanently cured? I have a soybean allergy and everything I love practically has soybeans. I want to be able to enjoy food again.

Depends: I'd like to add that its important to differentiate between IgE-mediated food allergy and food intolerance. Soy is one of the more uncommon allergens in adults, whereas an intolerance may persist forever. But with food intolerance, you can have comfort in the fact that you will not suffer a life-threatening reaction if soy is ingested. ...Read more

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I do not have no allergies but could i just get allergic to something i'm no allergic to peanuts but could i get allergic to it how?

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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I do not have no allergies but could i just get allergic to something i'm no allergic to peanuts but could i get allergic to it how?

Why all the worry: if you are allergic to peanuts you would have known by now, usually present early in life, very rare to start late, development of new allergies wane by age, especially to foods, drugs / inhalants are different, enjoy your life ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to all types of cheese except mozzarella? This doesn't make sense to me.

Is it possible to be allergic to all types of cheese except mozzarella? This doesn't make sense to me.

Possible: If one is allergic to dairy and/or the fungus used to ferment it to cheese, then an allergic reaction is possible. Since the fungus used may vary in type or quantity, one may not be reacting to all the cheeses. However, if one were allergic to the cow protein from cheese, then one would likely be allergic to all of them ...Read more