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Different Types Of Food Allergies
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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!?
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
Can i reduce my severe food allergies? I've just learned that i'm allergic to shellfish and nuts. I'm 50 years old and have never had a reaction to any type of seafood, or any other food, until recently. Why would i suddenly develop food allergies? Are th
Is it likely the type of allergy causing allergic shiners could be a food allergy or a sinus or hayfever problem? My son has all year round?
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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