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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

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

Dr. Paul Carter
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Nut Allergy (Definition)

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


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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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I have an itchy throat after eating cashews, what could be wrong? What are the chances of it itchy due to nut allergy?

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

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Why are nut allergy symptoms not posted everywhere?

Why are nut allergy symptoms not posted everywhere?

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

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Could i grow out of my nut allergy?

Could i grow out of my nut allergy?

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

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Could I have an extremely mild nut allergy?

Could I have an extremely mild nut allergy?

It's possible.: Some people have mild nut allergy reactions consisting of mild itching of mouth or throat which eating tree nuts that is due to cross reacting pollen allergens. An allergist can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a tree nut allergy?

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

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Is it okay to drink jagermeister with nut allergy?

Is it okay to drink jagermeister with nut allergy?

I'd avoid it...: While the exact recipe is a trade secret, I've seen reports of pine nut allergic patients experiencing reactions. I've asked patients to avoid this alcohol in the past, particularly those with any tree nut allergy. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for a nut allergy?

Is there any treatment for a nut allergy?

Sort of: There are experimental treatments, but nothing that is widely available. Avoidance is the mainstay of treatment at this time. ...Read more

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How is nut allergy testing, de-sensitizing done?

How is nut allergy testing, de-sensitizing done?

Orally in small incr: Nut desensitization is still not approved by the fda. Nut allergen is given orally in progressively larger doses, starting from a dose that does not cause systemic reactions. Progressive doses cause a desensitization, actual tolerance after discontinuation of daily doses may or may not develop. Standardized extracts for use in practice are not in use today. ...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