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Barley Allergy Symptoms
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
I have a barley allergy confirmed with a blood test. Was tested for wheat, rye. Is it common for barley allergy to "standalone" or similar substances?
Barley allergy: Yes barley allergy alone is actually very common. I usually see 6-7 people a year with this allergy. Usually it causes itching alone (which can lead to eczema), recurrent urticaria ( hives) and/or intestinal cramping with diarrhea. The hard part with avoidance is that many brands of flour are a wheat/ barley mix. So this calls for a lot of label reading and avoidance of things made with flour ...Read more
Avoidance: The only true treatment for food allergies is avoidance. Though this is sometimes difficult, it is the best treatment. There are research studies going on for oral food desensitization, but that is limited to peanut, eggs, and milk. Reading labels and visiting the food allergy and anaphylaxis network web site can help (www.Foodallergy.Org) for more information. ...Read more
History & testing: Testing may be performed with a history of typical allergy symptoms after eating something containing barley. Skin and blood (rast) testing are accurate & easy to perform. Tests for other foods eaten at the same time should be negative. When the diagnosis is uncertain an oral challenge to barley may be considered. This should only be performed by experts experienced with oral challenges. ...Read more
I had a skin allergy test 4 years ago and tested +2 for oats, wheat, soy, barley, rye an hoops. Based on this could i be a celiac or sensitive?
Yes: About 1% of americans have celiac disease, a genetic gluten intolerance, but experts estimate ~10% have gluten sensitivity, which often causes GI symptoms, headaches & fatigue.There are tests for celiac but not for gluten intolerance. Gluten is found in wheat, rye & barley.See the gluten free diet section of my essay on diet & health for more info: http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health. ...Read more
Do food allergies cause long term damage? Newly diagnosed: tomato, barley, tree nuts, coconut. Mild positives: wheat, soy, peanut, egg. How to manage?
No: Food allergies do not cause long term damage, but it is unlikely that you developed true food allergies at your age. And that is quite the laundry list of positive tests. It sounds to me like someone who really doesn't understand food allergies put on a bunch of skin tests or, more likely, ordered a boatload of blood tests. See a board certified allergist to get a more accurate interpretation ...Read more
Should I be worried if my 3 year old has had a cold for over a week. She can barley breath out her noise. She has a runny nose, Cough, and hasn't ate for the second night. Her doctor says it's allergies. Is this common with allergies.
Identify, avoid, med: In order to reduce allergy symptoms, it is key to identify what the allergy is. See an allergist for testing. After identification, avoidance measures as possible followed by medications. If one is still suffering from allergies despite avoidance measures and medications, then allergy injections may be a very good option. ...Read more