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Chinese food triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Chinese food triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Possible: Some chinese dishes contain cashews. The other possibility is that there was cashew "contamination" in your dish. ...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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Tomato allergy - unique? Typical reactions?

Tomato allergy - unique? Typical reactions?

Unusual: The most common food allergies are egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shell fish. Tomato allergy is unusual but possible. ...Read more

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Do hives from food allergies always mean anaphylactic reaction?

Do hives from food allergies always mean anaphylactic reaction?

Not always: Hives as a symptom along the continuium of allergic reactions. The concern is that the next time they are exposed to this allergen they may react more severely (anaphylaxis). This is definitely something you want to see your child's doctor about. ...Read more

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Are symptoms of wheat allergy different that gluten allergy?

Are symptoms of wheat allergy different that gluten allergy?

Completely different: All ige-medited food allergies have the same symptoms, oral itching and hives if ingestion, progressing to anaphylaxis if large volume ingestion. Gluten intolerance in celiac disease causes an inflammatory bowel disease and in about 15% a blistering rash called dermatitis herpetiformis. ...Read more

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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more

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What chemical in shellfish makes people allergic to eating shellfish?

What chemical in shellfish makes people allergic to eating shellfish?

Fish protein allergy: Most allergens are proteins, and the allergens in shellfish that set off allergic people are no exception. These are usually unique to the particular species of fish, but some cross-reactivity is possible. In the case of shrimp, the protein has been identified and it is called tropomyosin. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/12/28/health/studies-unmask-protein-culprit-behind-allergy-to-shrimp.html. ...Read more

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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

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Can allergic rhinitis be linked to food intolerances or food allergy?

Can allergic rhinitis be linked to food intolerances or food allergy?

YES: On some occasions I have found kids whose only confirmed allergies were to foods.Removal from their diet resulted in a clearing of airway problems. ...Read more

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Is sorbic acid allergy related to other food allergens?

Is sorbic acid allergy related to other food allergens?

Potassium sorbate: Sorbic acid can cross-react with potassium sorbate. It is a rare cause of contact dermatitis (a rash) or contact urticarial (hives). ...Read more

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Allergic dermatitis and food allergies are closely related?

Allergic dermatitis and food allergies are closely related?

Allergic contact: Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with substances that your skin is sensitive or allergic to. The reaction usually appears within 24-48 hours after exposure to the allergen. Symptoms that are common include redness, itching and swelling. Sometimes blistering and weeping of the skin also develop. What you are allergic to is determined by your genes, not foods. ...Read more

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Food allergies- could it be from proteins in food that cause food allergies?

Food allergies- could it be from proteins in food that cause food allergies?

Yes: It usually is a protein in the food that causes the food allergies. Protein, meaning the specific part of a food that triggers your immune system. For example: milk allergy may be because of the casein protein in the milk. There also may be allergies to the carbohydrate unit of the meats but that is rare and presents differently. Best be evaluated by an allergist to help you clarify your allergy. ...Read more

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What triggers a food intolerance?

What triggers a food intolerance?

Multiple causes: Some of them are: absence of an enzyme needed to fully digest a food (lactose intolerance). Irritable bowel syndrome. Food poisoning. Toxins. Sensitivity to food additives. Recurring stress or psychological factors. Celiac disease , etc. ...Read more

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Are people with apple allergies allergic to baked apple foods?

Are people with apple allergies allergic to baked apple foods?

May not be: People with the form of apple allergy that causes mouth and throat itching, so called oral allergy, or pollen fruit oral allergy syndrome, is usually a cross reactivity with pollen allergies, and is usually due to a heat labile protein. Heating destroys the protein's effect. ...Read more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more

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Are food allergies genetic?

Are food allergies genetic?

Loaded Question: To some degree they may be. For example in peanut allergic children subsequent sibs are probably at a higher risk than the general population for peanut allergy. However, the genetics of allergic disease is very complex and one generally passes on the ability to be allergic rather than a specific allergy. ...Read more

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Is food allergy testing accurate?

Is food allergy testing accurate?

Sort of: Food Allergy is diagnosed by taking a thorough history and then confirming the history through skin and/or blood test. Random skin and /or blood test for food allergy in the absence of appropriate clinical history is not very accurate. ...Read more

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Cost of food allergy testing?

Cost of food allergy testing?

Can't really answer: The cost of food allergy testing will vary depending upon what is tested for, how it is tested ( skin test vs blood work) and how many tests are done. ...Read more

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Any reports of food allergies to almond milk?

Any reports of food allergies to almond milk?

Scarce: I was able to find a pediatric study from france published in 2002 that showed 2 children out of 163 had allergy to almond milk that triggered their asthma. I really expected to find more....The one concern when using almond milk is lack of vitamin and calcium supplementation in some products. ...Read more

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Wheat allergy - does anyone know any good gluten free bread recipes or bread that taste real?

Wheat allergy - does anyone know any good gluten free bread recipes or bread that taste real?

Celiac recipes: In response to your question i searched the web for "celiac recipes." the search yielded over 10 pages of websites offering tasty alternatives to baking/cooking with wheat. In addition, recipe suggestions can be obtained from chat rooms and national public education sites dedictated to celiac sprue. Enjoy your web surfing and happy eating... ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Results in a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when certain food is eaten. Can also be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, ...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