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Cashew Nut Allergy In Children
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
Nut allergy is a condition where the immune system reacts to exposure to nuts, often with difficulty breathing, swelling, hives, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Typically one is allergic to all forms of tree nuts, including Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts, but not to ...Read more
My wife has a nut allergy and ate something with cashews in it. Not sure if its serious enough to hospital but I am worried. I have a list of symptoms
Possibly: Nut allergy usually comes on fast and furious and thus if she has survived the time you spent posting this question, it is likely not that serious. Note that she may not be allergic to all tree nuts and thus you should consult an allergist about this. In the meanwhile, be sure to have an Epinephrine kit (2 pack) on hand- this will ease your anxiety and may save her life some day. ...Read more
I have an itchy throat after eating cashews, what could be wrong? What are the chances of it itchy due to nut allergy?
Extremely high risk: Itchy throat is highly suggestive of a food allergy, and the next exposure could lead to worse symptoms (swollen throat and inability to breathe). So, definitely eat no more nuts of any kind until tested for allergy. If your are having symptoms now, get medical help if you feel swelling in the throat or tongue. This is an appropriate use of an er if necessary. ...Read more
Possible: If one or both parents have allergy, the risk for the child to have allergy increases dramatically. However, they do not inherit the specific allergy directly. They become allergic based on their own exposures. So they may not have the same set of allergies as their parents. Be cautious. ...Read more
Unlikely: About 7% of children outgrow nut allergies, but it is much less likely for an adult to have spontaneous resolution of nut allergy. Those who have had a severe reaction or who have high levels of nut ige on their blood test or large skin test reaction to the nut are less likely to "outgrow" the nut allergy. For a quick read, go to: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/05/nut-allergy/. ...Read more
I don't know: Allergic reactions to foods are all caused by the release of the same chemicals, mainly histamine, so have the same symptoms which consist of combination of the following: itchy/swollen lips/mouth/throat, nausea/vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, red/itchy skin, hives, runny/stuffy nose, chest tightness/wheezing, shortness of breath. Reactions occur within 1/2-2 hr after one bie/sip of food. ...Read more
Avoid tree nuts: Tree nut allergy along with peanut and shellfish allergies occur in children and adults. The primary treatment is strict avoidance. Individuals with one or more of these sensitivities should have Epinephrine (epi-pen) for immediate use. There are increasing numbers of reports of sucessful oral desensitivity for peanuts. Hopefully there will be generally accepted, safe protocols to desensitize ...Read more
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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