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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
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 ›
What do you suggest if my child recently took an allergy test and is allergic to almost everything?
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
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
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
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
Is it possible to be allergic to everything? I seem to be developing allergies to several different foods amongst other things.
Food allergy: Although rare, some people are allergic to so many foods that avoidance is extremely difficult. Unfortunately, some persons are told they are allergic to a food solely on the basis of an allergy test (typically a rast). A rast detects allergic antibody (ige) however; a positive rast does not diagnose food allergy. If you can eat a rast (+) food without allergic symptoms, then you are not allergic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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