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If my 9 month old infant has broken out in hives possibly from a food allergy, is there an antihistamine?

If my 9 month old infant has broken out in hives possibly from a food allergy, is there an antihistamine?

Call pediatrician: There are antihistamines that can be used for infants. The dose should be adjusted for your infant's weight. Non-sedating antihistamines are preferred as drowsiness after hives may be a symptom of a more serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can also sometimes cause unexpected irritability. You will want to discuss these issues with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

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


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What are symptoms of infant food allergies?

What are symptoms of infant food allergies?

Eczema/hives/asthma: Infants with food allergy frequently present with eczema. Acute reactions to foods such as nuts may present as hives. In infants food allergy may contribute to asthma. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of infant food allergies?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of infant food allergies?

Food allergy symptom: In general, there are 3 ways food allergy can present. The most dramatic one that we often refer to is immediate reaction that can cause hives, nausea, vomiting, throat closing and can be life threatening. Other types of food allergy can be more subtle and present chronically like esophagitis, gastroenteritis, colitis (difficulty swallowing, abdo pain, bloody stool...) or eczema. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby is having a mild food allergy? And what symptoms are serious enough to seek medical attention?

How do I know if my baby is having a mild food allergy? And what symptoms are serious enough to seek medical attention?

Get evaluation: Food allergies can present with symptoms acutely after eating a food such as hives, vomiting, irritability, swelling or eczema. Delayed and chronic symptoms can also be due to food allergy such as eczema, and multiple gastric complaints. I suggest not waiting for a serious reaction. If you are concerned seek evaluation by a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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How are infant food allergies daignosed?

How are infant food allergies daignosed?

Allergy test: We allergists prefer a prick skin test and we do it in the office and it is relatively painless. There are also blood tests, but depending on the lab you go to and the technique they use, some are not that reliable. ...Read more

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How can I handle mild food allergies in my infant?

How can I handle mild food allergies in my infant?

Recognize first...: Based on clinical history and suspicion. Then test correlative to the history. If any positives show up, you should avoid and re-test at frequent intervals to determine if your child has outgrown the allergy. And please do not underestimate food allergies, always carry an epi injector if symptoms are anything beyond eczema flaring. ...Read more

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Do infants have food allergies that will eventually go away if their parents do not have those food allergies?

Do infants have food allergies that will eventually go away if their parents do not have those food allergies?

Yes: Most food allergies in infants go away in time whether or not their parents have those allergies. Food allergies that cause eczema are more like to go away (or at lease decrease) in a year or 2. Those that can cause life threatening anaphylaxis may still resolve with time but may not go away with the same frequency. Food allergy can often be diagnosed with a history & prick skin tests. ...Read more

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Can all food allergies with anaphylaxis have a symptom of drooling or is it specific to one food allergy?

Can all food allergies with anaphylaxis have a symptom of drooling or is it specific to one food allergy?

No: It can occur with any severe food allergy reaction and indicate trouble swallowing due to swelling of the throat. Anaphylaxis is serious and life threatening and requires emergency treatment. Patients should not delay using an Epinephrine auto injector and calling 911. ...Read more

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Could a chronically runny nose be a symptom of a food allergy?

Could a chronically runny nose be a symptom of a food allergy?

No: The most common cause of a chronic runny nose(rhinorrhea) is allergic, particularly an allergy to house dust mites. Other allergic and non allergic causes of rhinitis can cause rhinorrhea, see: http://bit.ly/1ThwQY2 Uncommon causes of persistent runny nose include *leakage of cerebrospinal fluid(CSF Rhinorrhea). CSF rhinorrhea can result from skull or nasal fractures, cranial surgery and tumors. ...Read more

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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


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