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Macadamia Nut Oil Allergy
I have a severe allergy to nuts. However, I am supposed to stay in a lodge that is located on a macadamia nut farm. Would this be a hazard?
Yes: Macadamia nuts are considered a tree nut and avoidance is key in managing your allergy. ...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
Might just rash out: No clear answer here. Manufacturers' labels warn of high risk, but I can't find quality literature proving anaphylaxis from applying products containing nut oils to intact skin. Wide differences exist in how cosmetics are processed that can affect chance of rxn. We know sensitization can happen, tho. Open skin could add risk. Alternatively contact dermatitis is possible. Prudence is best. Avoid. ...Read more
Avoid: I would avoid topical skin care preparations with food products in them entirely, especially if you have any atopic skin conditions like eczema. If applied to open or damaged skin, these food based products can cause you to become sensitized to the food itself, putting you at risk for developing an allergy. I recommend fragrant-free, dye-free products like Vanicream, Aquaphor, Eucerin, or Cetaphil ...Read more
I have a nut allergy. Can touching certain dog food containing nuts, or using cosmetics with shea nut oil cause a reaction?
Most commercial: Nuts are prepared with the same equipment where peanuts are processed. Hence it may be dangerous. It will be a good idea to have your allergist test for sunflower seed allergy. ...Read more
If I have a nut allergy n eat something w walnut leaf oil can I hve an allergic reaction such as a migrain? Isamigrain a form of an allergic reaction?
Not usually: However nasal congestion can trigger migraine (at least in my experience). It is unlikely that if one is allergic to a nut, one would react to the oil even though there are rare exceptions (sesame seed oil for example). I am not aware of anyone having allergic reaction to the leaves (other than poison oak). ...Read more
Depends: On which nuts you are allergic to. To be on the safest side you should avoid all nut oils. ...Read more
Should not: If you have a true coconut allergy, you should avoid the oil too. ...Read more
Yes: Canola is a plant in the family of rapeseed. People can have allergies to these plants leading to similar reactions. Testing for an allergy can be accomplished through an allergist. ...Read more
I have allergy by applied of some oil. Now whole body itching. Dr. What medicine I can use please help me?
Maybe: This has been described only once in the medical literature (in 1990). It was reported in a women who worked handling lemon peel and lemon oil for several years. The reaction she got was a skin reaction on her fingers where she handled these products. It is exceedingly rare, but it may be possible to have a lemon oil allergy. ...Read more
No problem w/ oil: If you are allergic to sunflower seed, you may still eat or cook with the highly purified oil. The allergy is to the proteins in the sunflower seed. Highly purified sunflower oil should not contain any significant protein. However, in very highly sensitive patients with a history of a severe reaction, it may be best to avoid the sunflower oil as well. ...Read more
A rare allergy: Rapeseed oil is called canola oil today. It's the basic ingredient of most vegetable oils. Because canola oil is extracted at very high heat from the seeds any allergenic proteins are denatured and rendered harmless by the processing. ...Read more
Not really: You cannot be allergic to peanut oil but peanut, other allergies possible but not really. ...Read more
Is there a way to determine if your child has a food aversion versus an allergy, like peanut butter versus something cooked in peanut oil?
Allergy blood test: Your pedi can do blood testing for peanut allergy. Allergy symptoms can include itchy mouth, lip or tongue or facial swelling, difficulty breathing, or hives. Food intolerance means child may have mild symptoms and will likely outgrow the allergy. Only 30% of kids outgrow peanut allergy sometime between 6 yrs and 16 yrs. Problem. Peanut allergy can be life threatening and related to any peanut p. ...Read more
Probably not: Oils are fats that don't usually cause allergic reactions (most allergies are directed against proteins). Manufacturers of fish oil supplements recommend that fish-allergic people avoid their product because they can't guarantee the absence of fish protein in their pills. One small study skin tested fish-allergic patients to fish oil and gave them supplements orally; none had an allergic response. ...Read more
Possibly: If the oil to which you are referring is 100% purified, then all of the protein has been removed and it is generally considered safe. However, most "food oils" are not 100% pure (the protein is what provides the flavor in food oils) and thus could put you at risk for an allergic reaction. 100% pure oils are often used as industrial lubricants. ...Read more
Perhaps: If the symptoms of your allergy are anaphylaxis discuss this with your allergist. Depending on your allergic history the answer may be to not take a chance or to try an oral challenge under close medical observation in the hospital or the allergy office. If you tolerate bran oil there you would be able to use it elsewhere. ...Read more
Never heard of it: What is oil pulling? I have never heard of this treatment for allergic diseases. I have a rather open mind and have found no herbal medication doing much for allergies thus far. Do note that with anything, there is a 30% placebo effect. See an allergist to make sure you are doing thing that may jeopardize your pregnancy. ...Read more
Possibly: Most vegetable oil are not allergenic with rare exceptions. In fact, I had reported a case of sesame seed oil anaphylaxis in the J of Allergy & Clin Immunology over 20 years ago- I believe it was the first time a seed oil was ever reported to have caused allergic reactions. If you had anaphylaxis to the seed, it would be prudent to be tested to the oil even though the risk is very low. ...Read more
My vit D3 has soybean oil in it. Having probs w top 8 food allergies, soybean is one. Is it ok to still take? Alternative?
Usually ok: Vegetable oils usually contains very little protein and thus most soy-allergic patients can tolerate the oil without problem. I doubt that you are truly allergic to 8 foods. Consult a B/C allergist to get this sort out before you end up with malnutrition and an impaired QOL. Just because a skin test or blood test is positive does not necessarily mean true allergy. ...Read more
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Yes: There is no bee venom in honey, so it can be safely eaten by people allergic to bees. There is not supposed to be any peanut protein in peanut oil, but there may be if it wasn't carefully manufactured. If you have had a life-threatening reaction to peanut, I wouldn't recommend betting your life on whether the peanut oil is pure. ...Read more