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Can you develop an allergy to garlic?

Can you develop an allergy to garlic?

Yes, but not common: While garlic is not a very common food allergy to develop, there are people out there with garlic allergy. If you are concerned about a possible garlic allergy see an Allergist to determine your risk. In the meantime avoid garlic until further workup and evaluation can be completed. ...Read more

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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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Do people with a garlic allergy exist?

Do people with a garlic allergy exist?

Yes, they do.: Patients allergic to garlic often present skin rash (dermatitis), nasal symptoms (rhinitis), asthma, and hives (urticaria) after ingestion of garlic, contact with garlic, or exposure to garlic dust. Garlic-related anaphylaxis is rare. Most patients with spice allergy are adults rather than children. ...Read more

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Every time i eat garlic I have a bad reaction in my body!? How could I have this allergy?

Every time i eat garlic I have a bad reaction in my body!? How could I have this allergy?

Garlic: You do not specifiy the type of the reaction you develop, so I am not sure if i would classify it as an allergy, can you be more specific? ...Read more

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I have an allergy to garlic. Can i eat chives?

May be: Chives and garlic are distant relatives of the same botanic family. Therefore, some people may tolerate chives, if garlic allergic (more common and usually more severe). If you did not have a life-threatening reaction to garlic, you can try chives on your own. If you had a severe reaction, either avoid chives or see an allergist to be tested. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a garlic allergy?

How do I get rid of a garlic allergy?

Allergist evaluates: Garlic allergy can occur as a skin allergy, in which case wearing non-latex gloves when cooking should prevent reactions. Allergic reactions from eating garlic (or other foods) can vary in severity. Anaphylactic (rapidly progressing severe reactions) reactions need treatment with Epipen (epinephrine) self-injections. An allergist can look for what truly is causing the allergy, and see if treatment is available. ...Read more

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Anytime i smell garlic cooking my nose gets congested and i feel like its a little hard to breathe should i test for an allergy to it?

Anytime i smell garlic cooking my nose gets congested and i feel like its a little hard to breathe should i test for an allergy to it?

See an Allergist: for evaluation anyhow, you might not be allergic to garlic per se, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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How does one recuperate 8 years after being diagnosed with giardia & allergies to wheat, diary, soy, eggs, beef, garlic, citrus & nuts. Malabsorption is a problem. Many md's & nd's have been consulted with no results. Help!?

How does one recuperate 8 years after being diagnosed with giardia & allergies to wheat, diary, soy, eggs, beef, garlic, citrus & nuts.  Malabsorption is a problem. Many md's & nd's have been consulted with no results.  Help!?

Malabsorption: Complex case-you have clearly had many good minds approach these issues with you. I'm so sorry, but this forum is not designed to tackle problems as complex as you are describing. What to even tell you to seek? Perhaps a good allergist who really works closely with a GI doc and has a nutritionist on staff...You will need to focus on foods that you are able to eat and try to work from there. ...Read more

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Symptoms of allergies?

Symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms: Allergies can cause a large variety of symptoms: most common is hay fever (molds, dust, pollen) with watery runny nose, watery eyes & itching, nasal itch, sneezing, and congestion. Plant/tree/grass allergies can cause eczema, a skin rash, as can food allergies. Aerosolized allergens (pet dander, pollen, etc.) can cause asthma with chest tightness and wheezing. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of allergies?

What are symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms: Sneezing; itchy, watery eyes; dark circles under eyes ("allergic shiners"); crease at base of nose (from "allergic salute"-wiping nose upwards with back of hand; post-nasal drainage; lack of energy. Many treatments available to relieve symptoms: antihistamines (claritin/zyrtec), nasal steroid sprays, mast cell stabilizer spray (cells that release histamine), desensitization tx to allergens. ...Read more

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