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Doctor insights on: Different Types Of Food Allergies

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How are food allergy and food intolerance different?

Diff erent way fo: Allergy means you get hives, runny nose , may be troule breathing within min to 2 hrs and need to avoid and treatment, intolerance more like upset stomach, gassy stomach ache, e.G milk allergy avoid for 2 yrs might out grow, lactose intolerance forget about milk. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Allergies usually mean there is a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when that food is eaten. Other allergies can be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, eczema, rashes, constipation, etc. Best answer- if concerned about a particular food eliminate it from your diet and see how you respond. You can ...Read more


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What type of food allergy test is more accurate?

What type of food allergy test is more accurate?

Neither: Skin testing and blood test (serum specific ige) have different sensitivities and specificities. Either or both must be interpretted in light of the clinical picture. Frequently, patients with positive tests are not allergic and an oral challenge under the supervision of a board certified allergist familiar with oral challenges and treatment of anaphylaxis is needed. ...Read more

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Is a food allergy similar to or different from contact hypersensitivity reactions?

Is a food allergy similar to or different from contact hypersensitivity reactions?

Different: They are both immune reactions but the similarity ends there. They involve different cells of the immune system, have different symptoms, onset and duration and are treated differently. ...Read more

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For what type of reaction would we take a baby with a food allergy to the hospital?

For what type of reaction would we take a baby with a food allergy to the hospital?

Food allergies: The problem with allergies, is that it can progress pretty quickly from mild to severe very quickly. My kids have food allergies, and even as a doctor, it scares me! if you are not sure, do not hesitate! get your child to an emergency room as quicly as possible, as every minute counts. Having Epinephrine pens will buy you time as well. Please discuss this with your child's docotr as well. ...Read more

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What type of doctor checks for food allergies?

What type of doctor checks for food allergies?

Widely available: Even though blood testing for food allergies is widely available, indiscriminate testing should be strongly discouraged. The tests are very good at ruling out allergies, but have a very high false positive rate, which often leads to unnecessary anxiety and confusion for both patients and providers. This makes proper selection of patients and tests critical. Allergists are experts in this area. ...Read more

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What type of benadryll and how much benadryll should I give my 17 month old baby? She is also 18 lbs..She has a minor food allergy..

What type of benadryll and how much benadryll should I give my 17 month old baby? She is also 18 lbs..She has a minor food allergy..

Maybe none...: Benadryl only relieves symptoms, it is not needed just because there is an allergy. It helps if the symptoms are hives or runny nose, but likely won't help if the symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, eczema, or asthma. The best treatment is to avoid what she is allergic to. If she does need benadryl, make sure it has no other ingredients, only diphenhydramine, and the dose is about 1/2 tsp. ...Read more

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Food allergies!i`m a young chef, last year at this time ;developed a nasty food allergy.Went for testing all negative. I can`t diarize, food consumption, because i work with all types of food!?

Food allergies!i`m a young chef, last year at this time ;developed a nasty food allergy.Went for testing all negative. I can`t diarize, food consumption, because i work with all types of food!?

Food allergies: In adults, a majority of food adversities are not allergies but are termed food intolerances. Standard allergy testing is confusing. Work with an allergist to analyze and carefully investigate things. Consider a leap test. ...Read more

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Is a skin test for food allergies reliable? If i've tested negative can I assume that I am safe ingesting all types of foods?

Is a skin test for food allergies reliable? If i've tested negative can I assume that I am safe ingesting all types of foods?

Yes and no: Yes skin testing is reliable fr acute histamine mediated allergic reactions. No you may not be safe ingesting all food types as we have other pathways for food allergies...That cause eczema, GI upset, diarrhea, congestion, etc. These reactions are not life threatening like an acute reaction. Pay attention to what you eat and how you feel. A whole food plant based diet is still the best for most. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more