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Cashew Nut Allergy 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No, you shouldn't: It largely depends on what type of tree nut allergy you have, and if you are allergic to several tree nuts. It's important to know that there is a 33% chance of cross reactivity among tree nuts. There is also a possibility of cross contamination, since many manufacturers process other nuts in the same proximity. Safest options is to avoid all tree nuts. ...Read more
It depends: If you have lief-threatening even to a little dust of nuts in the air, you should not go. If you can be near other people who eat nuts and peanuts (peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes), you are probably going to be fine as long as you don't eat them. Still, have self-injectable epinephrine and an antihistamine with you IF you had severe reactions in the past. ...Read more
Avoidance: Unfortunately the only currently available option is avoidance. Be careful with reading food labels for traces of tree nuts. ...Read more
Very possibly: Pine nuts are a type of tree nut and contain many of the same proteins as other tree nuts. It is very likely that you could have a problem with pine nuts if you have allergy to other tree nuts. ...Read more
Nut allergies: That is why we have rds or registered dieticians to help us. ...Read more
Everyhwhere: Everywhere is safe to go, except maybe a nut farm. You need to avoid foods with nuts, but it's impossible to avoid places with nuts because nuts are all over the world. Be prepared with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or an epipen, be careful what your child eats, and enjoy your self. ...Read more
Always carry EpiPen (epinephrine): Peanut and tree nut allergies have some of the highest rates of fatal anaphylaxis, and Epinephrine can be life saving. Unfortunately, you cannot predict how severe a person's reaction will be based on a previous reaction--there are too many variables. For that reason, in general we recommend that everyone with any history of reaction to these foods carry an epi pen. See an allergist for more info. ...Read more
Off top: Tree nuts include but are not limited to: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. ...Read more
Might just rash out: No clear answer here. Manufacturers' labels warn of high risk, but I can't find quality literature proving anaphylaxis from applying products containing nut oils to intact skin. Wide differences exist in how cosmetics are processed that can affect chance of rxn. We know sensitization can happen, tho. Open skin could add risk. Alternatively contact dermatitis is possible. Prudence is best. Avoid. ...Read more
EpiPen (epinephrine) Jr: In addition to your precautions at home, make sure child has written emergency action plan at school and access to Epipen (epinephrine) (home and school) for any signs of anaphylaxis. Be sure to replace with new prescription each year even when unused. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid: I would avoid topical skin care preparations with food products in them entirely, especially if you have any atopic skin conditions like eczema. If applied to open or damaged skin, these food based products can cause you to become sensitized to the food itself, putting you at risk for developing an allergy. I recommend fragrant-free, dye-free products like Vanicream, Aquaphor, Eucerin, or Cetaphil ...Read more
What can I do if my son is 2 years and has a nut allergy. Can this allergy be cured by immunotherapy?
See below: The jury is out on this one. My daughter has a peanut allergy. There are programs in my state to desensitize her with minute doses of peanut dust, but the studies are not yet definitive. I would suggest caution, carry an epi-pen and educate your child on foods to avoid. If you can get the school on board this will make your life easier. Good luck. ...Read more
I have a nut allergy and am worried about using shampoos & conditioners. Are there nut extracts in them?
Yes: Many hair product will have almond oil or almond extract. Usually, it is prominently on the label. Look for it. ...Read more
Hi. I have a severe nut allergy, and i'm just wondering what alcoholic drinks I need to stay away from. Thanks.
Nut allergy: Please go online and look for alcoholic drinks that do not include nuts. If you can't find what you are looking for please go to a liquor store and see if they can help you. Most alcoholic drinks do not include nuts - at least not as far as I know. ...Read more
What do you suggest if I use hazelnut k-cups a lot. Will i set off my roommates nut allergy if we use the same keurig?
Possibly: It depends on what nuts she is allergic to. It also depends on the severity of her allergy. The safest bet, if she is allergic to hazelnut or tree nut, is to not use the hazelnut k-cups if you are sharing. ...Read more
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