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Can Food Allergies Cause Weight Gain
Not likely: Food allergies is an immediate immune response caused by your body's reaction to the specific food. Your change in diet because of a food allergy may have you increasing sugars/carbs which may cause weight gain. Any suspicion of food allergy should be properly evaluated by an allergist with both blood and skin testing. ...Read more
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
I heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy is related to weight gain? Is a myth or not?
Depends on situation: Anyone who must alter their diet to avoid foods they can no longer have can overindulge with the "safe" foods. Weight gain is related to total calorie intake and metabolism. Those with a normal calorie consumption and significant food allergies often loose weight. Untreated gluten sensitivity is often marked by weight loss, not gain. ...Read more
Recently, I have heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy related weight gain is a myth or not?
No: Allergy shots have no calories and don't increase one's appetite, so they do not cause weight gain. However, if a patient snacks on the way to the doctor's office, snacks in the waiting room, and snacks on the way home, then he will end up getting a lot of extra calories from going to get allergy shots. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a good allergy medication similar to xyzal (levocetirizine) that doesn't cause weight gain?
Many: All of the antihistamines are similar, but different ones may work better for different people. Clarinex (desloratadine) is the only other second-generation antihistamine still available by prescription; cetirizine, fexofenadine and loratidine are all available over the counter. It is unusual for antihistamines themselves to cause weight gain, though - you should make sure that nothing else is going on. ...Read more
Might there a good allergy medication similar to xyzal (levocetirizine) or Claritin that doesn't cause weight gain?
Chewing weight gain: I first saw this on a sex in the city episode. It is not a recommended diet plan. The taste of the food, is unlikely to curb your appetitie however, so you are likely to continue to consume the same calorie intake that leads to weight gain. Better to meet with a dietician and come up with a reasonable diet and exercise plan. If you are good 90% of the time, you will do well with your weight. ...Read more
Nuts/trial mix is my main snack to replace junk snack.Would 100gm nuts/day(600+ cal) cause weight gain assuming my other foods are reasonably healthy?
No: Weight gain is more calories in than out, rather than the temperature. Maintaining a healthy weight is difficult enough without these "pop" superstitions. The best thing to do is get aerobically fit and avoid greasy / salty / sugary foods that folks tend to overeat -- soon these will become unpleasant for you. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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