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Food Allergy Dizziness
Can mild food allergy cause vasovagal reflex (dizzy spell, palpitations, sweaty, trouble swallowing)? Even the following meals without trigger food?
Strong food allergie: Mild food allergies usually don't cause the symptoms you've mentioned. However strong, positive food allergies can certainly produce that. It would be best for you to work with your doctor, and get a comprehensive food allergy with complement testing done to determine which foods you must stay away from, and which food you can eat safely. Plus you will need to discuss the the need for epipen (epinephrine). ...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 think im having food allergy after eating im feeling dizzy, trouble breathing and loose bowel feeling. How will I determine what food im allergic?
Food allergy: Hello, an allergic reaction may be the root of your ailments. Your doctor can perform a complete evaluation as well as order a blood test (rast) checking the foods you are questioning. Write down the foods you are suspicious of as we'll as keeping a 2 week food diary. This will help him/her to complete the evaluation. ...Read more
Allergy, intolerance, or viral? I get vertigo when I eat nuts, chocolate and caffeine, and basic dizziness from other foods. Started after shingles.
Inner ear issues?: If the nerves related to your inner ear get swollen they could easily result in feelings of vertigo/dizziness. Perhaps the foods are causing the nerves to swell? Post nasal drip and eustachian tube dysfunction might do it. Chinese medicine or cranial osteopathy might help. Diazepam is a western medication that would effectively treat symptoms. ...Read more
Every time I eat sugary foods/carbs I get dizzy, foggyheaded instantly after I eat and it lasts for hours. Blood sugars are normal. Is this an allergy?
Depends: If you have pots and have symptoms from food allergies that can worsen fatigue or change your fluid balance, the impact will be negative but mostly related to symptoms. If you are asking if food allergies could cause pots, not likely. I assume you mean igg food allergies, not emergent ige allergies. ...Read more
No: Food allergy can present at any times in your life. Eating certain foods everyday does not increase your risk of getting allergy to that particular food. Instead, you have a higher risk of getting food allergy if you have other atopic diseases like allergic rhinitis, asthma, urticaria, eczema, and other food allergies.... ...Read more
Symptoms with eating: Food allergy symptoms occur within minutes to a few hours after ingesting or contact with food leading to hives, itching, swelling, nausea, vomiting, abdominal or less likely anaphylaxis. Avoiding the food resolves it. An allergist can review your symptoms and diet and assess for a food allergy vs. Intolerance. Both allergy blood and skin tests are not perfect, but can help guide the allergist. ...Read more
Great Question: That is a great question and one that is up for debate at every national allergy meeting as we are seeing more and more people diagnosed with food allergies every day. Unfortunately the best minds in the field have yet to come to a consensus and therefore we don't have any way yet of preventing the development of food allergies in children or adults. Continue to stay tuned. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, particularly in children. Most children with allergy to milk, egg and soy outgrow their allergies by age 5-6. However, childhood peanut allergy can be lifelong. In adults it is a different story. Their allergies will be lifelong once they develop it; most commonly they develop allergies to shellfish which stays on for life. ...Read more
Oral challenge: History trumps skin & blood testing for food allergy. With a history of a reaction like hives, difficulty swallowing, throat tickle, vomiting, asthma or anaphylaxis minutes to hours after eating a food negative skin & blood tests are insufficient to rule-out allergy. A positive test is usually convincing. Mostly we do unblinded challenges in the office reserving double-blind for ambiguous cases. ...Read more
4-8, 2-4%: 4-8% of children in the USA are allergic to foods, and about 2-4% of adults. Allergic reactions to foods can be life threatening, so you need to be prepared to deal with a reaction at any time. About one hundred fifty people die of food allergic reactions in the USA every year. ...Read more
History and testing: Food allergy diagnosis begins with a detailed history of what symptoms are occurring and when especially in relation to meals. A thorough diet history is obtained. An exam is performed. Allergy testing can be performed either through skin testing or blood tests for ige to specific foods. Neither way of testing is perfect, so food challenges are sometimes necessary. An allergist can assist. ...Read more
They can: Food allergies can start at any age (but usually children) and may occur suddenly even after tolerating that particular food many times. They can also seem to occur on the first known exposure, suggesting allergic sensitization through the skin, breast milk or accidental unrecognized source. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: There is still a lot of research on this topic. And multiple environmental and genetic factors. Some studies suggest that touching certain foods prior to eating them increases our sensitization. There are studies looking into whether children with eczema and atopic dermatiits are more prone to food allergy secondary to the poor skin barrier. ...Read more
Working on it: Currently the main option for patients with food allergy is avoidance and epinephrine. However there are clinical trials and Allergists across the country attempting various protocols to help decrease severity of reactions. Oral immuotherapy for common food allergens is currently being offered by a number of Allergists throughout the country. ...Read more
No.: If anything, they may lessen. On the other hand, you can develop a new sensitivity later in life. And many times there is no allergic component; for example asprin causing bleeding or milk products causing bloating or diarrhea. ...Read more
See list below: The most common food allergens are egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish. Keep in mind that this does not mean other foods can be the cause of food allergies. For example, over the past few years it has become clear that some individuals can be allergic to meats. ...Read more
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