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Can a food allergy cause joint pain/swelling?

Can a food allergy cause joint pain/swelling?

Food allergy: Food allergy can result in swelling of connective tissues including joints. It can occur with hours and may be seen upto 24 hours after intake of food one is allergic to. Need to see an allergist to determine if it is the food that is causing the swelling rather than there is another cause of the joint swelling. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Do food allergies typically cause lightheadedness & brain fog?

Do food allergies typically cause lightheadedness & brain fog?

Not Typical: Food allergies are typically an immediate reaction minutes to a half hour after ingestion of concerning food with symptoms ranging anywhere from hives, wheezing, itching, shortness of breath, wheezing, vomiting, or syncope (fainting). Light headedness could be associated with drop in blood pressure but brain fog is not a typical sign of allergy. Skin testing by allergist will sort things out. ...Read more

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What kind of antihistamine help my facial swelling due to food allergy?

What kind of antihistamine help my facial swelling due to food allergy?

Help us by...: ...defining what you mean by facial swelling (hives, asymmetric, lips, peri-ocular, etc.), what are the accompaniments (like difficulty swallowing, hard to breath?) and why you think this is a histamine-mediated food allergy? ...Read more

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I don't have food allergies, or other allergies. How likely is it that my tongue will swell? Afraid of tongue swelling. This fear came out of the blue.

I don't have food allergies, or other allergies. How likely is it that my tongue will swell? Afraid of tongue swelling. This fear came out of the blue.

Very unlikely.: Tongues do not swell without a cause and it sounds to me that you have no causative factors. This worry you have is therefore unfounded and if it continues you should consider some counseling to help dismiss this fear. Life is magnificent if you can allow yourself to see it! ...Read more

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Lately keep getting black spots and and swelling on lower lip with cracks on the inside of the lip. Could it be food allergies?

Lately keep getting black spots and and swelling on lower lip with cracks on the inside of the lip. Could it be food allergies?

Virus vs allergies: Possible allergies to certain foods, espec. Citrus. Or cancur sores or aphthous ulcers[get otc orabase or rx kenolog steroid oint in arabase by dr.] if pustules or incr. Redness swelling pain;cellulitis, need antibiotic like amox/augmentin or bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). take otc pain meds for pain, I like excedrin [generic ok] because it has 3 in one for pain. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety. Never gotten swollen tongue. I'm afraid of tongue swelling. How likely is this to occur? No food allergies, or other allergies!

I have health anxiety. Never gotten swollen tongue. I'm afraid of tongue swelling. How likely is this to occur? No food allergies, or other allergies!

Unlikely: Swollen tongue is not common. It can occur if you are allergic to a particular type of food. If you avoid these foods, it should not happen. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety. My fear is food allergy and tongue swelling because of the food I eat. I have no food allergy, or other allergies. Phobia?

I have health anxiety. My fear is food allergy and tongue swelling because of the food I eat. I have no food allergy, or other allergies. Phobia?

Still? Again?: Did you talk to your counselor yet? Fears are primarily irrational concerns about things that may or may not happen. It is impossible to predict if you will ever have an allergy or an injury or a syndrome that may validate your fears. I would seek a consultation with a therapist to help you understand and control the irrational thoughts. Worrying about it will not change any outcome. ...Read more

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If your afraid of food allergies, and tongue swelling, and have don't have allergies, and have never experienced swollen tongue. Is it a phobia then?

If your afraid of food allergies, and tongue swelling, and have don't have allergies, and have never experienced swollen tongue. Is it a phobia then?

Food allergy: While many people have adverse reactions to foods, only about 2-3% of adults have true food allergies where tongue swelling may occur. Other symptoms that are more common than tongue swelling is mouth itching, mild lip swelling, hives and GI symptoms. It's important to enjoy food, if you experience symptoms an allergist can help identify if there is an allergy or not. ...Read more

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Swollen lips & blisters since 5:45am, saw hospital was given antihistamines and steroids, told POSSIBLE FOOD ALLERGY. Swelling returned it now 10:32pm?

Swollen lips & blisters since 5:45am, saw hospital was given antihistamines and steroids, told POSSIBLE FOOD ALLERGY. Swelling returned it now 10:32pm?

Airway?: Keep in mind the half life of your antihistamine. It is probably wearing off and needs to be redosed. If not improving within an hour of redosing you need to go back to the ER. Cetirizine 10mg will last 24 hours. ...Read more

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Just took an food allergy (nuts, fish, soy, etc) and pollen allergy. It was all negative. Any reason to fear tongue swelling? Afraid og swollen tongue

Just took an food allergy (nuts, fish, soy, etc) and pollen allergy. It was all negative. Any reason to fear tongue swelling? Afraid og swollen tongue

?: The real question is why are you afraid of a swollen tongue? Has it happened in the past, and if so from what? If not, then maybe you should seek some counseling to determine why you have this fear. ...Read more

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Swelling and hives in throat and where lips meet gums for 2 days. Never had food allergy, but I have bad allergies and asthma. How do I treat this?

Swelling and hives in throat and where lips meet gums for 2 days. Never had food allergy, but I have bad allergies and asthma. How do I treat this?

Mgt/workup: These symptoms require further evaluation and treatment. If you are experiencing any problems breathing or swallowing, please go to your nearest Emergency Department.
It may be a local or more systemic reaction. Asthmatics are at risk for more severe reactions.
Virtual follow up appt available to review treatment options. ...Read more

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I think I may have food allergies, just wondering if my symptoms are possibility......Brain fog skin rash on right forearm that doesn't go away mood s?

I think I may have food allergies, just wondering if my symptoms are possibility......Brain fog skin rash on right forearm that doesn't go away mood s?

Brain fag: Brain fag is seen post virus, autoimmune, toxic states and sometimes allergies. Skin rash that persists requires a skin doctor to give an opinion first. Faood allergies are looked at at the end of this investigation. ...Read more

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Best way to heal leaky gut? And why does leaky gut give me such bad fatigue and brain fog after eating? It's not food allergies

Best way to heal leaky gut? And why does leaky gut give me such bad fatigue and brain fog after eating? It's not food allergies

Leaky gut?: The only testing for a leaky gut is still done in experiments using mannitol or Lactulose. Your fatigue and brain fog may be due more to IBS. Food allergy causes reproducible symptoms like rash, diarrhea, vomiting, wheezing. ...Read more

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Can food allergies cause your joints to swell up, I notice I feel better when I don't eat much, I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night, and haven't reacted to foo?

Can food allergies cause your joints to swell up, I notice I feel better when I don't eat much, I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night, and haven't reacted to foo?

Food allergies: It is unlikely that food allergies can cause joint swelling. You need to see an allergist and get retested for food allergies, milk, eggs, wheat, rye and soy are not typical allergies for adults. ...Read more

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What would cause an adult in his 50s to develop a food allergy?

What would cause an adult in his 50s to develop a food allergy?

Typical: All adults essentially change their allergies about ever 7 years, so even if you were not not allergic to some food, you can be now. ...Read more

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Can food allergies cause sinusitis?

Can food allergies cause sinusitis?

No: It's not impossible for food allergies to cause nasal inflammation, but it is unusual. It's much more likely to happen in children. If you're talking about a long term, steady chronic sinus problem, then it's not likely a food allergy. Environmental allergies (pollens, dust, etc) commonly cause or worsen sinus problems. ...Read more

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Is my acne caused by a food allergy?

Is my acne caused by a food allergy?

No: It is very well established now that acne is not due to food allergies, but certain bacteria on the skin. There is no need to alter your diet to treat acne. Instead, see a dermatologist for the best advice; this may includes antibiotic creams, other lotions, etc. Enjoy your meals! ...Read more

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Does food allergies cause numbing of the face?

Does food allergies cause numbing of the face?

Unlikely: The common symptoms of food allergies are itching, hives and swelling (mouth, tongue, lips, throat), vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases asthma or anaphylaxis (severe reaction). Numbness suggests involvement of the nerves which is less likely with allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Could food allergies cause irritable children?

Could food allergies cause irritable children?

Yes: Especially in children too young to communicate effectively. Food allergies can manifest as itching, hives, swelling, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Any of these symptoms could lead to being irritable. Similarly, food intolerance syndromes such as lactose intolerance with abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea can also be accompanied by irritability. There are other reasons for being irritable as well. ...Read more

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What causes eczema flare ups if it's not a food allergy in a toddler?

What causes eczema flare ups if it's not a food allergy in a toddler?

Many possibilities: The primary triggers for eczema flare-ups are food exposures, changes in weather/temperature, using the wrong soaps and moisturizers, and environmental allergens (pets, dust mites). ...Read more

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I wanted to know is it only proteins in food that causes food allergies?

I wanted to know is it only proteins in food that causes food allergies?

Yes most of the time: Usually protein in the food causes the food allergies. Protein, meaning the specific part of a food that triggers your immune system. Example:milk allergy may be caused by casein protein in the milk. Allergies to carbohydrate unit of red meats is rare and presents differently. Best be evaluated by an allergist to help you clarify your allergy. ...Read more

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Can food allergies cause vomiting?

Can food allergies cause vomiting?

Yes: Yes they can cause vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can food allergies cause jaw pain?

Can food allergies cause jaw pain?

No: The most common symptmos with food allergies are rash (facial or generalized), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, runny nose, swelling of throat tongue or lips, within minutes to a few hours after ingesting the offending food. Pain in the jaw after eating, especially chewy, crunchy food, may signify tmj (temporomandibular joint disease). Would discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Can a mold infection cause food allergies?

Can a mold infection cause food allergies?

No: Mold infections cannot alter your immune system so as to permit food allergy to develop. ...Read more

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Can food allergies be the cause of my red hot ears?

Can food allergies be the cause of my red hot ears?

Red ears and allergy: Yes, food allergies can cause those symptoms but it does call for a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Can food allergies cause generalized water retention?

Can food allergies cause generalized water retention?

See your PCP: Water retention is generally due to hormones & not food allergies - food allergies may cause urticaria which is usually a localized swelling of the skin.

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Could food allergies cause bloody, mucousy, floating stools?

Could food allergies cause bloody, mucousy, floating stools?

Yes: A type of food allergy that is mediated by immune cells can cause colitis especially in children and presents with bloody stool, abdominal pain. A more severe life threatening variation of this type of food allergy is called fpies or food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome. It is more aggressive and also found in children. Of note, those conditions are diagnosed after excluding infections. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Results in a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when certain food is eaten. Can also be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, ...Read more