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Can people develop an allergy to silk or synthetics more?

Can people develop an allergy to silk or synthetics more?

Yes, if contact derm: It is possible to develop a contact sensitivity to various fabrics or synthetics. ...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


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Can you tell me is everyone who is allergic to peanuts equally allergic or are some more allergic than others?

Not equally allergic: some are more equal than others, (just drawing the analogy to "animal farm"), some would even react to its smell, others can eat some, and even few outgrow it altogether, but generally if you are allergic to peanuts, better avoid them, be careful to the ingredients of sweets for instance , keep an antihistaminic and an Epipen (epinephrine) handy, and follow up with your doctor/allergist ...Read more

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Is a person with chronic hives whose hives worsen w/nsaids in any more or less danger than someone who gets hives due to an actual allergy from nsaid?

Is a person with chronic hives whose hives worsen w/nsaids in any more or less danger than someone who gets hives due to an actual allergy from nsaid?

Hives and stuff: No matter what causes hives, significant breathing problems are bad. There is a new biologic medicine that has proven very effective for chronic hives. See your friendly neighborhood dermatologist or allergist for more information. ...Read more

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Can a person who is allergic to penicillin also have adverse reactions to to fruit mold?

Yes/unrelated: People that are allergic to penicillin can be allergic to "fruit mold" but they are completely different reactions and are unrelated. The "fruit mold" that you are mentioning is probably pennicilium - the mold that actually makes penicillin. However, allergic reactions to those are separate and unrelated. ...Read more

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Can someone develop an allergy to latex later in life?

Can someone develop an allergy to latex later in life?

Yes: It's hard to get latex allergy. Nurses develop eczema or contact dermatitis after using latex gloves for years. Later anaphylaxis, severe life-endangering form of allergy, occurs if latex contacts a mucosal surface - like a balloon in your mouth - or during surgery when the surgeon's gloves touches the inside of the body. Kids get it if they require multiple catheterizations for neurogenic bladder. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to marijuana like some people are allergic to grasses and weeds?

Can you be allergic to marijuana like some people are allergic to grasses and weeds?

Yes: An example would be -- people that are allergic to ragweed often cannot drink camomile tea due to the cross reactivity between these plants. This also is true of echinacea which may also cross react with ragweed. ...Read more

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Does a person who has multiple drug allergies and is also just prone to hives also have to avoid high-risk foods even if not officially allergic?

Does a person who has multiple drug allergies and is also just prone to hives also have to avoid high-risk foods even if not officially allergic?

Not usually: The cause for multiple drug allergies to unrelated drugs remains to be established but there is no relationship to food allergies. ...Read more

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Would the older or newer generation of cephalosporins antibiotics be more likely to cause anaphylaxis in patients severely allergic to penicillin?

Would the older or newer generation of cephalosporins antibiotics be more likely to cause anaphylaxis in patients severely allergic to penicillin?

See below: Persons with type 1 immediate hypersensity to penicillin antibiotics should generally avoid taking cephalosporin antibiotics because of the low but real risk of cross allergenicity. Safe alternative antibiotics include vancomycin, septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) macrolides, tetracyclines, aztreonam, clindamycin, zyvox, quinolones etc. ...Read more

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Can you develop an allergy as you grow older? How?

Can you develop an allergy as you grow older? How?

Yes: Yes, drug allergies can develop over time. The body has to "see" a drug first and upon second or subsequent exposure can have a reaction. It is not exactly known why some people become allergic to certain medications and others do not. ...Read more

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Can a person suddenly develop an allergic reaction to a substance such as latex?

Can a person suddenly develop an allergic reaction to a substance such as latex?

Latex Allergy: Typically patients with latex allergy develop localized redness, rash, and itching around the areas that was exposed to latex. This typically occurs after wearing latex gloves or latex condoms. Latex allergy is less common then it used to be because most products these days are made latex-free. An allergist can do testing in the office to determine if you have a sensitivity. ...Read more

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Can you have an allergic reaction to a food in excess amounts?

Can you have an allergic reaction to a food in excess amounts?

Too much food: Only if you are allergic to it in the first place. Some allergies need only the slightest exposure to trigger a reaction, while others take a lot. ...Read more

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Who tends to get serious allergic reactions to aspirin? Is it almost always people w asthma or nasal polyps or can anyone suddenly have a problem?

Who tends to get serious allergic reactions to aspirin? Is it almost always people w asthma or nasal polyps or can anyone suddenly have a problem?

No: It does not always involve asthma although nasal polyps and sinusitis often precede the onset of asthma in aspirin-sensitivity. This is a condition usually found around ages 30 on the average. Yes it can develop all of a sudden. ...Read more

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Some people have an allergy to nefazodone. Would they also have a similar allegy to trazodone?

Some people have an allergy to nefazodone.  Would they also have a similar allegy to trazodone?

Not necessarily: They are different compounds with differing effects. However, anyone with an allergy to one med is at higher risk to be allergic to another. Going on and off meds repeatedly may sensitive you to a medication. ...Read more

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What might make someone develop an allergy to shellfish later in life?

What might make someone develop an allergy to shellfish later in life?

Unknown: Many people (at least half) develop shellfish allergy later in life. This probably reflects the way the immune system develops, as some allergies are more common in very young children than adults (like egg), while others develop later (like pollen, and shellfish). The exact mechanism is still unknown though. ...Read more

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Can someone develop an allergy to latex?

Can someone develop an allergy to latex?

Yes: Latex allergy does occur and can range in severity from a contact dermatitis/rash to anaphylaxis. If you think you may have a latex allergy, you should discuss this with your pmd or a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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How likely will wheat dairy and egg cause anaphylaxis in an adult? Or is it more GI problems?

How likely will wheat dairy and egg cause anaphylaxis in an adult? Or is it more GI problems?

Rare: Very few people will react to these. Lactose intolerance is a problem for some. Most people who think they are allergic to, or intolerant of, any food fail to react when taking it blindly. Anaphylaxis is rare. ...Read more