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Best Diet Plan For People With Food Allergies
What is the best diet for people who have really bad food allergies? I constantly have swollen lymph nodes. Are they related?
Depends on allergy: Any diet that does not contain the substance to which you are allergic is fine. Often the hard part is to figure out exactly what that is. Careful sleuthing with elimination diets can help but it may take more than one challenge to be sure. Frequently food intolerance is not a true allergy (immune reactions), but may have other causes. Allergies do not typically cause enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
When testing for food allergies, how many days should I try eliminating a certain food group from my diet?
1 week: There are multiple elimination diets that involve eliminating several items at once. Eliminate them for about 1 wk and then add back in a new food item every 3 dys or so. If you see a problem with a new food added back in then avoid that food for another wk and then resume the process of adding back 1 food after the other. You can try to add back the suspicious food to confirm your diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Its commonly used for patients with eosinophiilic esophagitis (ee) and can be very effective. If symptoms fail to resolve in 2-3 weeks that's an excellent indication that they are not due to food allergy. If they do resolve foods can be reintroduced one at a time every few days to see if they are tolerated or trigger allergic symptoms. ...Read more
Use your resources: A consultation with a dietician may be immensely helpful; call a local hospital and ask to speak with a dietitian to determine if they have an outpatient program or know of someone in your area who offers such services. There are many web-based resources, and web sites that will give you a list of foods or recipes you can purchase from them that are safe for your given combo of allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son seems to be having a food allergy to my breastmilk, my diet hasnt changed. Why would he be having a reaction now?
Not very much: The fodmap elimination diet is designed for people with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). It's goal is to reduce sugars and short-chain carbohydrates in the diet. The major overlap is with wheat as most of the other foods avoided in this diet are fruit & vegetables that are not common food allergy offenders. ...Read more
Restrics nutrients: Patients allergic to certain foods must insure that they are getting replacement calories, proteins, vitamins and minerals in their diet. For example, children with milk allergyneed to replace the protein and calcium. Confirmation of allergy by challenge is an option for many people, if the risk for anaphylaxis is low. Consultation with a nutritionist may be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have suddenly developed many food allergies(see profile). I've been on a strict organic diet with no allergens and still having problems. Why?
Allergies usually mean there is a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when that food is eaten. Other allergies can be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, eczema, rashes, constipation, etc. Best answer- if concerned about a particular food eliminate it from your diet and see how you respond. You can ...Read more
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