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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Cashew Allergy (Overview)

Cashew allergy is an immune (often ige mediated) allergic reaction in which consumption of the food leads to increased allergy cell activity (mast cells) leading to histamine release. Symptoms can include hives, itching, swelling, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and trouble breathing. Some patients can also develop oral allergy syndrome characterized by tongue and mouth itching.


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Why did I develop cashew allergy?

Why did I develop cashew allergy?

Sensitivity: We do not know why anyone develops an allergy to a known product. It requires exposure and a sensitive immune system and that is presumably what happened to your body. Unfortunately you will have to avoid products containing cashews and cashew products. ...Read more

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
10 doctors shared insights

Cashew Allergy (Overview)

Cashew allergy is an immune (often ige mediated) allergic reaction in which consumption of the food leads to increased allergy cell activity (mast cells) leading to histamine release. Symptoms can include hives, itching, swelling, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and trouble breathing. Some patients can also develop oral allergy syndrome characterized by tongue and mouth itching.


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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a cashew nut allergy as a small child, will i still be allergic 20 years later?

I was diagnosed with a cashew nut allergy as a small child, will i still be allergic 20 years later?

Probably: Only about 10% or less of people with nut allergy actually "out grow" it. If the reaction was very severe, it is less likely. Since there is a small chance of not being allergic, an allergy skin test and blood test to cashew would be one way to assess if sensitivity is still present. An allergist can assist in the diagnosis and interpretation of these tests. ...Read more

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Cashew allergy treatment or cure?

Cashew allergy treatment or cure?

Avoidance: Avoiding cashew is the only current treatment for allergy to cashew. Injectable Epinephrine is often prescribed to use in case of an accidental exposure to a food allergen such as cashew that results in severe allergy symptoms or anaphylaxis. If the Epinephrine is needed, the patient still needs to go to the er for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How do you prevent or cure cashew allergy in kids?

No cure, prevention: It is not clear how to prevent nut allergies at this time. There are two camps, those that feel that avoidance of the food early in life is the key, and others who feel that regular ingestion of nuts early in life are the key. Studies are underway to determine the answer, some data suggest that early ingestion may be the best prevention. There is currently no cure, studies also being done. ...Read more

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Cashew allergy - how do I prevent cashew allergy in my kids?

You can't: Unfortunately, you can't. But just because you have that allergy doesn't mean your kids will too. ...Read more

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Why did I develop cashew allergy?

Sensitivity: We do not know why anyone develops an allergy to a known product. It requires exposure and a sensitive immune system and that is presumably what happened to your body. Unfortunately you will have to avoid products containing cashews and cashew products. ...Read more

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What could be triggering someone's cashew allergy?

What could be triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Allergic antibodies: When a person becomes allergic to a food such as cashew, they begin making an allergic antibody (ige) that is specific to cashew. On subsequent exposure to cashew the antibody binds to the cashew protein and triggers mast cells and basophils to release histamine, which can cause anything from nausea and abdominal cramping to itching and hives or anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...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