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I went to the doctor to see if I am allergic to almonds , he mentioned the 3 most common tree nut allergies & i can't remember what he said.

I went to the doctor to see if I am allergic to almonds , he mentioned the 3 most common tree nut allergies & i can't remember what he said.

Not by test alone: The diagnosis of allergy must be made by the history and not by test result alone. Although people allergic to one nut is more at risk to be allergic to another one, this is more likely due to the person's propensity to become allergic and not due to cross-reactivity between the nuts. If you don't have problem after eating a nut, you are not allergic to it no matter what the test shows. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Nut Allergy (Definition)

Nut allergy is a condition where the immune system reacts to exposure to nuts, often with difficulty breathing, swelling, hives, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Typically one is allergic to all forms of tree nuts, including Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts, but not to ...Read more


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How do you deal with your child's nut (tree nut) allergy? What common tree nut foods are all over the place?

How do you deal with your child's nut (tree nut) allergy?  What common tree nut foods are all over the place?

Read labels: 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

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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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Could i grow out of my nut allergy?

Could i grow out of my nut allergy?

Unlikely: About 7% of children outgrow nut allergies, but it is much less likely for an adult to have spontaneous resolution of nut allergy. Those who have had a severe reaction or who have high levels of nut ige on their blood test or large skin test reaction to the nut are less likely to "outgrow" the nut allergy. For a quick read, go to: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/05/nut-allergy/. ...Read more

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Could I have an extremely mild nut allergy?

It's possible.: Some people have mild nut allergy reactions consisting of mild itching of mouth or throat which eating tree nuts that is due to cross reacting pollen allergens. An allergist can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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How do I cook for someone with a nut allergy?

How do I cook for someone with a nut allergy?

Nut free diet: It is not easy developing a nut free diet. It means a lot of label reading. For more information go to this website for practical information. http://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/tree-nut-allergy. ...Read more

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Why do I eat mars bars when I have a nut allergy?

Why do I eat mars bars when I have a nut allergy?

Almonds: People often crave that which they can not tolerate. If you have an almond allergy, it is very important that you stop eating those nuts right away (as it can get worse). You can see an allergist to be evaluated if you aren't sure what you are allergic to. ...Read more

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Why are nut allergy symptoms not posted everywhere?

Why are nut allergy symptoms not posted everywhere?

I don't know: Allergic reactions to foods are all caused by the release of the same chemicals, mainly histamine, so have the same symptoms which consist of combination of the following: itchy/swollen lips/mouth/throat, nausea/vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, red/itchy skin, hives, runny/stuffy nose, chest tightness/wheezing, shortness of breath. Reactions occur within 1/2-2 hr after one bie/sip of food. ...Read more

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What happens when a person with a nut allergy eats a nut?

What happens when a person with a nut allergy eats a nut?

Potentially serious: Nut allergic reactions can range from mild to severe and life threatening. Most fatalities from food allergy are from accidental ingestion of peanut or nuts. It may take only a very, very small amount to cause a serious reaction or in some cases a "threshold" has to be reached. The reaction could be hives, swelling, anaphylaxis, cough, wheezing, throat tightness, vomit/diarrhea, flushing, itch. ...Read more

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They said I could possibly develop a nut allergy one day. Why?

Risk of nut allergy: You can develop a nut allergy at any time in your life. Having a family history of allergy, or a personal history of other allergic disorders, such as eczema or hayfever may increase your risk of developing a food allergy. However, nut allergy can occur in individuals with no other allergic history. Eating large amounts of nuts or foods containing nuts is not a risk factor by itself. ...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