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Mesquite Tree Allergies
Great question: Unfortunately, the exact reason people develop nut allergies is unclear. It is likely a combination of being genetically predisposed and environmental exposure. One theory is early exposure to lotions or oils containing nut protein applied to infants who have thin skin or eczema. The nut protein is absorbed and body senses it as "abnormal" and make allergic antibodies. Why in adults? Not sure. ...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
Genes & environment: The tendency to develop allergies to foods & other innocuous environmental things is inherited. Allergy to tree nuts & peanuts probably occurs because exposure is too low during the critical period when the infant's immune system is sorting out self from dangerous stuff & foreign but safe stuff. Allergists currently think that early exposure to tree nuts might prevent allergy to these foods. ...Read more
Avoid tree nuts: Tree nut allergy along with peanut and shellfish allergies occur in children and adults. The primary treatment is strict avoidance. Individuals with one or more of these sensitivities should have Epinephrine (epi-pen) for immediate use. There are increasing numbers of reports of sucessful oral desensitivity for peanuts. Hopefully there will be generally accepted, safe protocols to desensitize ...Read more
Ask and inform: As with any food allergy, ID and avoidance of the particular allergen is the only way to prevent an exposure. If you are traveling to a country where health care facilities are limited you want to bring enough medication to deliver anything that might have been used for ongoing care. But!!! before having to treat yourself make sure you know exactly how to ask if dishes contain nuts. Be vigilan ...Read more
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Peanut/ soy nut: Peanuts and soy nuts are actually legumes. However, a word of caution, many people that are allergic to tree nut also have problems with peanut or soy. Be sure that you had negative tests for peanut and soy before proceeding. ...Read more
How do you deal with your child's nut (tree nut) allergy? What common tree nut foods are all over the place?
You become an expert in reading labels and asking questions when you eat out. If the allergies are severe, the a medic alert bracelet or necklace is indicated. Having an Epipen (epinephrine) on hand at all times is essential.
Almonds, pecans, and walnuts are common in foods so you ask in restaurants if foods can be prepared separate from such foods. Education in your child's school, making his foods, etc. ...Read more
Have there been any allergies (plants, trees, etc.) identified as occurring between early october and early november in the san francisco bay area?
Depends. . .: Where you live affects what allergens are prevalent during any given season. At the risk of schilling for big pharma (which I'm not), check out this link to a MAP of states that gives you some idea of what allergens tend to dominate where (http://www. Clarinex. Net/application/allergyinfo. Action? Link=geography). I tried to look for non-commercial maps but couldn't find any. Sorry! ...Read more
No, you shouldn't: It largely depends on what type of tree nut allergy you have, and if you are allergic to several tree nuts. It's important to know that there is a 33% chance of cross reactivity among tree nuts. There is also a possibility of cross contamination, since many manufacturers process other nuts in the same proximity. Safest options is to avoid all tree nuts. ...Read more
Avoidance: Unfortunately the only currently available option is avoidance. Be careful with reading food labels for traces of tree nuts. ...Read more
No: Generally no. If you are receiving allergy shots, it is important to have the correct tree pollen that is responsible in the shot, but otherwise the basic principles are the same. Knowing which tree pollens are responsible for your allergies can help plan desensitization (allergy shots) and might help you predict which seasons will be difficult for you. ...Read more
Very possibly: Pine nuts are a type of tree nut and contain many of the same proteins as other tree nuts. It is very likely that you could have a problem with pine nuts if you have allergy to other tree nuts. ...Read more
Off top: Tree nuts include but are not limited to: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. ...Read more
In regards to intradermal allergy testing, what do these results mean: ragweed 15/24 and tree mix 6/12?
Intradermal testing: These are measurements in mm of the wheal and flare response indicating that you are allergic to these two seasonal allergens. ...Read more
Yes.: The fda considers coconut to be a nut. Practically speaking coconut allergy is far less common than peanut, pistachio, cashew, walnut, pecan or hazelnut allergy. Here's an area where consultation with a board-certified allergist and skin or blood testing and perhaps a supervised oral challenge can be helpful. ...Read more
Almonds are a tree nut. Other common nuts to avoid: pistachio, pecan, cashew, walnut.
Peanuts are a legume so technically you can eat them. Many times these are mixed or prepared with or near tree nuts so if you don't know how its been prepared it is safest to avoid these as well. ...Read more
Tree nut allergy: Tree nut allergy is an immune mediated allergic reaction that occurs after consumption of tree nuts- the list includes many nuts such as walnuts, pecans, cashews, almonds, brazil nut, pistachios. Patients usually present with hives, itching, swelling, cough, wheeze, chest tightness, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. ...Read more
Tree Nuts: Tree nuts refers to all nuts that grow on trees, such as walnut, pecan, brazil nut, cashew, etc. All of these and a few others are available as allergy tests. Peanut and soynut are not true nuts; they are legumes that are roasted to be crunchy. They have some of the same allergens as tree nuts, however. Some people are allergic to tree nuts and peanut. If allergic to one tree nut, avoid all. ...Read more
Not always: Not necessarily. However, until you are tested for specific nut, I would avoid them all. ...Read more
Can you tell me how come some people with peanut allergies which are legumes are also usually allergic to tree nuts even thoug?
Peanut and tree nuts: Since they are usually processed in the same facility or plant, tree nuts can be contaminated with peanut. ...Read more
My allergies are out of control! I already take 180mg of allegra (fexofenadine). What can I take along w/allegra (fexofenadine) to help them? I'm allergic to some trees an grasses.
Lots of choices: Allegra is an antihistamine, so you would want to choose some rx from other classes of medications. Nearly all of your other choices would be prescriptions. Nasal steroid sprays, nasal antihistamines, oral leukotriene inhibitors can all be helpful as prescribed by your physician or health professional. About the only other possibly helpful rx otc would be Nasalcrom that is a nasal spray. See md. ...Read more
Have: Have never used this. Sorry.Get a more detailed answer ›