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My two year old son has crustacean allergies. Will this condition go away or is it for life?

My two year old son has crustacean allergies. Will this condition go away or is it for life?

Can't Tell Now: Many children outgrow their food allergies but not all. For things like milk, egg and wheat, around 80% outgrow them. For nuts, it's as bad as only 20% outgrowing them. Shellfish/crustaceans are somewhere in between. There are new treatments in development though that may allow an allergist to desensitize food allergic patients in the next few years. ...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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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my allergies?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my allergies?

Many: One of the best treatments is benadryl; however, this may make you tired. Other, less sedating, options are claritin, (loratadine) allegra, and zyrtec. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of cat allergys?

How can I get rid of cat allergys?

Allergy shots: Treatment for cat allergy includes avoiding cats (not keeping them at home), medications to treat symptoms, and for long term relief, allergy injections (allergy shots). An allergist can review the benefits and risks of allergy shots. This is the only disease modifying strategy to relieve symptoms long term. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

Nothing Much: There are really no proven techniques which have been demonstrated scientifically to prevent the development of allergies. ...Read more

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My two year old son has crustacean allergies. Will this condition go away or is it for life?

Can't Tell Now: Many children outgrow their food allergies but not all. For things like milk, egg and wheat, around 80% outgrow them. For nuts, it's as bad as only 20% outgrowing them. Shellfish/crustaceans are somewhere in between. There are new treatments in development though that may allow an allergist to desensitize food allergic patients in the next few years. ...Read more

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Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Consider: There are such tests, such as rast testing (radioallergosorbent testing), cost varries by lab and your insurer (if you have). ...Read more