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Anyone know what is a medical condition that makes someone allergic to almost everything?

Anyone know what is a medical condition that makes someone 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

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What do you suggest if my child recently took an allergy test and is allergic to almost everything?

What do you suggest if my child recently took an allergy test and is allergic to almost everything?

Time for consultatn: I would sit down with the treating physician and discuss what the tests mean to your child. Food allergy tests vary in their accuracy and impact on daily life.IGE elevations to specific foods is much more important than IGG. ...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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Please describe a good non-drowsy allergy medicine for someone who is allergic to almost everything?

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

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Why are some people allergic to everything while other people aren't allergic to anything?

Why are some people allergic to everything while other people aren't allergic to anything?

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

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I don't know what I am allergic to. Can I find out at home?

I don't know what I am allergic to. Can I find out at home?

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

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Allergic to just about everything; is there a cure? What can I eat?

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 more

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If I don't work with latex, would it be unusual for me to be allergic to it?

If I don't work with latex, would it be unusual for me to be allergic to it?

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 more

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