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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Maize Allergy (Overview)

Allergy to any food, in this case corn/maize will cause symptoms of oral itching, lip or tongue swelling, hives, breathing difficulty and/or throat closure etc. It is caused by IgE antibody against a specific protein in the food. Food allergy is diagnosed with clinical history followed by skin or blood test and that information helps establish the diagnosis and severity of the allergy.


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Is wheat allergy genetic?

Is wheat allergy genetic?

Yes and no: The tendency to become allergic does run in families. However, you do not inherit the allergies of a parent like you would eye color or other similar traits. Those who develop celiac disease ( of which wheat is a trigger) most of those affected fall into certain inherited tissue types, but not all. Not all with those tissue types develop celiac disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
15 doctors shared insights

Maize Allergy (Overview)

Allergy to any food, in this case corn/maize will cause symptoms of oral itching, lip or tongue swelling, hives, breathing difficulty and/or throat closure etc. It is caused by IgE antibody against a specific protein in the food. Food allergy is diagnosed with clinical history followed by skin or blood test and that information helps establish the diagnosis and severity of the allergy.


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I have borderline milk and maize allergy results, yet why are my reactions so extreme if b'line? Awful daily urticaria, facial angiodema, eczema.

I have borderline milk and maize allergy results, yet why are my reactions so extreme if b'line?  Awful daily urticaria, facial angiodema, eczema.

History is more imp: Believe you are referring to rast testing, and you are describing urticaria/angioedema, which might be due to food allergy, symptom scores, if directly related to ingestion of milk/maize, are more reliable in establishing a diagnosis despite border line rast, however most of the time no specific cause could be found, at any rate you need to be evaluated by an allergist/immunologist, good luck. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
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Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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Peanut vs hazelnut allergy--same cause?

Peanut vs hazelnut allergy--same cause?

Nuts are different: Peanuts and hazelnuts are not the same. Peanuts are a legume and hazelnuts are tree nuts. If you are allergic to one, you will not necessarily be allergic to the other, but if you have several food allergies involving nuts, hazelnut and peanut should both be part of your skin test or blood test evaluation ...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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Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Consider: There are such tests, such as rast testing (radioallergosorbent testing), cost varries by lab and your insurer (if you have). ...Read more

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Safe fruits/foods for airborne nut allergies?

Nuts cautioned,: It is believed that one is likely allergic to most nuts when a definite allergy to one nut has been documented. However this is not always true since some people may be allergic to just one nut and not the others. You need to consult an allergist to sort this out since a serious reaction to airborne nuts (including peanut which is actually a bean) has rarely been noted outside of workplace. ...Read more

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Real lobster allergy?

Real lobster allergy?

Yes: Lobster is related to shrimp and crab. Each of these is a common cause of life threatening allergy. If you are having symptoms after eating any of these you should be evaluated by a board certified allergist. Do no eat any shellfish until you have been cleared. ...Read more

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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

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Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

Yes: About 10-15% of people who are shellfish allergic (shrimp, lobster, etc) are also clinically sensitive to mollusks (clams, squid(calamari), octopus). Ask your allergist before introducing mollusks to your diet. ...Read more

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What causes crab allergies? Shrimp allergy?

What causes crab allergies? Shrimp allergy?

Muscle protein: The allergen in shrimp and crab is probably a common allergen called tropomyosin which is a muscle protein. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Beef allergy: Are you allergic to beef or is it simply something in the aging process of the corned beef that you reacted to? Your allergist can test you. ...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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Will imitation crab trigger a shellfish allergy?

Will imitation crab trigger a shellfish allergy?

No: Imitation crab meat is made from fillets of Alaska pollock. As long as you don't have a history of fish allergy you shouldn't have a problem. You should be careful however, because some manufacturers that produce these products also manufacture shellfish products in the same facility which could cause cross-contamination. ...Read more

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Is lactose intolerance a milk allergy?

Is lactose intolerance a milk allergy?

No: Lactose intolerance is a digestive problem with inability to break down complex milk sugars into simple sugars that are easy to absorb. Milk allergy is an ige mediated disease, usually manifest in children, with skin symptoms like hives and eczema, respiratory symptoms like asthma and rarely anaphylactic reactions. ...Read more

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Are symptoms of wheat allergy different that gluten allergy?

Dr. Eric Macy Dr. Macy
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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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Fruit/coconut/cashew allergy do they comprise oral allergy syndrome?

Fruit/coconut/cashew allergy do they comprise oral allergy syndrome?

Reactions can be OAS: All these foods have been associated with the oral allergy syndrome, but reactions to coconuts and cashews can also be life-threatening allergies independent of pollen allergies. ...Read more

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Is wheat allergy curable?

Is wheat allergy curable?

Not yet: However the allergy may not be lifelong and i would certainly check it again in a couple of years. Be sure that this is not a gluten intolerance issue however. ...Read more

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How typical are sheep/goat milk allergies without cows milk allergies?

How typical are sheep/goat milk allergies without cows milk allergies?

Rare: Most of the time people with cow's milk allergy cross react to goat and sheep milk. The casein proteins share 87-98% of the same Amino Acids across all 3 species. Therefore it is possible to only be allergic to goat or sheep, but not very likely. Goat and sheep milk are not safe substitutes for people with anaphylactic reactions to cow's milk. ...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