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Is watermelon a common trigger for allergies?

Is watermelon a common trigger for allergies?

Possibly: There is something called oral allergy syndrome, where people who are allergic to ragweed, cannot eat the melon family. They get itching in the mouth and ears, and sometimes swelling. This occurs in people who are allergic to birch trees, and eat hazelnuts, or some fruits such as apple, plums, and nectarines. ...Read more

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Dr. Duane Gels
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Peanut Allergy (Definition)

A peanut allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to peanut protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more


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What is a nut allergy?

What is a nut allergy?

Allergy to nuts : A nut allergy is an allergic, meaning IgE-based immunological response to foods commonly called nuts, which include peanuts (really legumes), tree nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamias, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, as well as sometimes seeds like sunflower "nuts". Symptoms include itching, hives, swelling, throat closing, flushing, asthma, shock and rarely, death. ...Read more

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Is it possible to outgrow a carrot allergy?

Is it possible to outgrow a carrot allergy?

Yes: Many allergies to foods can improve or go away with strict avoidance of the food. Carrot usually causes mouth symptoms after they are eaten raw and is related to cross reactivity with birch tree pollen. Birch tree is the primary allergy in this case. This is called oral allergy syndrome. ...Read more

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How common is mushroom allergy?

How common is  mushroom allergy?

Very small: It is probably as small as 1% from eating a "pure" mushroom, however, it is higher (10-30%) in the multiply allergic population. ...Read more

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Can a dairy allergy cause eczema? How likely is this?

Can a dairy allergy cause eczema? How likely is this?

Possible: Typically, food allergens(egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanut) are more likely to cause ezcematous rashes in children more so than adults. ...Read more

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How common is an aspirin allergy?

How common is an aspirin allergy?

Varies by population: In the general population, prevalence of Aspirin allergy is 0.6% to 2.5%. However, in people with asthma it is 8.8% to 11%. In persons with chronic sinus problems with nasal polyps, the prevalence of Aspirin allergy is 30-40%. ...Read more

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What is a grass allergy?

What is a grass allergy?

Like "hay fever": The allergic person breathes in the grass pollen and their body "thinks it is a foreign invader"..It over-reacts and the immune ells release histamine and other chemicals...This causes runny nose itchy eyes sneezing etc. ...Read more

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What is a food allergy?

What is a food allergy?

Reaction to a food.: People can become allergic to many substances including certain foods. Some foods are more likely, such as milk, egg, wheat, soybean, shellfish, peanut, or nuts. Reactions can range from rash and itching to anaphylactic shock. ...Read more

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What is a food allergy?

What is a food allergy?

Immunologic response: A food allergy is a specific immunologic response that your body has to a food that can lead to various symptoms. This is different from a food intolerance, such as excess gas, nausea or diarrhea. ...Read more

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How common is grape allergy in italians?

How common is grape allergy in italians?

Unknown: It is probably extremely uncommon in italians much like the general population at large to have a "pure" grape allergy. As mentioned previously, molds, yeast, pesticides, and sulfites associated with grapes can also be the culprit. Ethnic group studies/data regarding grape allergies have not been collected in the scientific literature in my med search. ...Read more

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What is a popular allergy?

What is a popular allergy?

Poplar maybe?: Poplar is a tree and many people with springtime allergies have allergy to poplar tree pollen. ...Read more

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How serious is having an almond allergy?

How serious is having an almond allergy?

Potentially serious: An allergy to tree nuts can potentially be life-threatening. I would recommend evaluation by an allergist for a more definitive prognosis. ...Read more

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What would happen a grass allergy is not treated?

What would happen a grass allergy is not treated?

See below: The symptoms, either runny nose, sneezing, cough, or a rash, would not get any better, until the exposure is gone. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat a wheat and corn allergy?

Is there a way to treat a wheat and corn allergy?

Avoidance: Avoiding the foods to which you are allergic is still the best treatment. Studies are underway with oral desensitization, but this technique is not ready yet for generalized use. Sometimes a food challenge in a doctor's office can confirm if you are truly allergic to these foods. Allergy tests for foods often produce false positive reactions. ...Read more

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How common is it to develop asthmas as an adult? What usually triggers this?

How common is it to develop asthmas as an adult? What usually triggers this?

Not uncommon.: Sometimes a viral infection can trigger this...or it is possible to develop seasonal or other allergies, even if they weren't there when younger. There are other lung conditions that can mimic asthma, so just be sure you've discussed this with your doctor or a pulmonologist or allergist. ...Read more

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How common is an allergy or intolerance to nightshade vegetables/foods? What are the typical symptoms?

How common is an allergy or intolerance to nightshade vegetables/foods? What are the typical symptoms?

Fairly: Allergy is likely rare but intolerance likely fairly common. Allergy to foods in the nightshades family in not that different from other allergy allergies although anaphylaxis must be very rare. As for intolerance, it can be almost anything with different people having different symptoms to a certain food. ...Read more

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Is a cross-sensitivity chocolate/almond allergy possible?

Sort of: Most "grocery check out isle" chocolate is contaminated with peanut and tree nuts like almond, because it is packaged in the same factory. So if you buy plain chocolate you may still get exposure to almond. ...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