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How likey is it to become allergic to food/medicine?

How likey is it to become allergic to food/medicine?

Food / drug allergy: We are seeing more young and old developing allergies to foods or medications. Risk factors include personal or 1st degree relative with +ve family history, being female, taking many medications, puts one at greater risk of developing an allergy. ...Read more

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How do I find out if my child is allergic to food, specifically nuts without ingestion?

How do I find out if my child is allergic to food, specifically nuts without ingestion?

Several options: There are both blood tests and skin tests that can be done to see if possible allergies to specific foods/exposures. Would work in concert with your doc or allergist, as these tests can be a little misleading at times - just because something comes back "positive" does not always mean a true clinical allergy exists.Ingestion trials should only be done in a qualified allergist office- just in case! ...Read more

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Is it possible for your skin to be allergic to food without your stomach being allergic?

Is it possible for your skin to be allergic to food without your stomach being allergic?

Yes: Because food is chemically altered by acid stomach juices as well as by saliva. The juices can therefore alter the allergy causing substance in the food. ...Read more

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If i tested negative for food allergies, can I assume I am really not allergic to foods? I have chronic hives I am trying to sort out.

If i tested negative for food allergies, can I assume I am really not allergic to foods? I have chronic hives I am trying to sort out.

Not food: Chronic hives are rarely related to food or inhalant allergies. It is unlikely that they are causing your problem especially if the prick skin test or immunocap ige to them are negative. See an allergist especially if antihistamine does not work. ...Read more

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If food allergy prick test is negative (mild redness) and blood rast test negative is it mean you are not allergic to foods?So y get reaction to foods

If food allergy prick test is negative (mild redness) and blood rast test negative is it mean you are not allergic to foods?So y get reaction to foods

Not 100%: If both tests are negative, the chance of being allergic to that food is very very small. However when the history of a food allergy is strong, and the tests were negative, i often ask the patient to bring in the fresh food for the testing instead of relying on commercial food extracts. If the person is still quite concerned over it a challenge test can be done at the office. ...Read more

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I want to go get a blood test for allergies. Will this assess for all types of allergens? Will it tell if I'm allergic to food dyes?

I want to go get a blood test for allergies. Will this assess for all types of allergens? Will it tell if I'm allergic to food dyes?

Uncertain: Every single test needs be interpreted with the history and physical findings in context. Food dye allergy. other than to red carmine dye, is very rare if non-existent although it was in vogue over 40 years ago. ...Read more

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Went off antihist's for few days. Had mild hives, flushing one day; had only taken tylenol (acetaminophen) and not allergic to foods. Were hives, flush serious sign?

Went off antihist's for few days. Had mild hives, flushing one day; had only taken tylenol (acetaminophen) and not allergic to foods. Were hives, flush serious sign?

No: Why taking antihistamine? Which one? Hives for over 6 weeks is considered "chronic urticaria" which is usually not allergy. See a dermatologist for persistent symptoms. ...Read more