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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Mustard Allergy (Overview)

Allergy to any food, in this case mustard 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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Possible to have mustard allergy?

Possible to have mustard allergy?

Yes: Mustard is made from the seed of the mustard plant and many people develop allergy to the mustard seed, just as they do to many other types of seed, like tree nuts or peanut. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
6 doctors shared insights

Mustard Allergy (Overview)

Allergy to any food, in this case mustard 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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Lab tests show I have a mustard allergy. Would that be to the plant or the sauce?

Lab tests show I have a mustard allergy.  Would that be to the plant or the sauce?

Probably the sauce: Mustard allergy is very uncommon, and very easy to self diagnose. It doesn't take most people very long to figure out they're having symptoms every time they eat something with mustard. Blood tests are notorious for giving false positive and false negative results, and are used far too often. The best way to identify and treat food-related symptoms is to consult a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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Possible to have mustard allergy?

Yes: Mustard is made from the seed of the mustard plant and many people develop allergy to the mustard seed, just as they do to many other types of seed, like tree nuts or peanut. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a serious mustard allergy?

Yes: I have had patients with both mustard greens allergy and the mustard seed. ...Read more

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Does anyone have a serious mustard allergy?

Does anyone have a serious mustard allergy?

Not that I've seen: Mustard allergy is very uncommon, and very easy to self diagnose. It doesn't take most people very long to figure out they're having symptoms every time they eat something with mustard. Blood tests are notorious for giving false positive and false negative results, and are used far too often. The best way to identify and treat food-related symptoms is to consult a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mustard allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Mustard allergy?

Food allergy: Allergy to any food, in this case mustard 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 ...Read more

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If I have a mustard allergy will I react to mustard algae?

Not likely: Mustard algae is a chlorine-resistant form of green algae (yellow-green to brown) typically found in sunbelt areas that contaminates swimming pools and aquariums. Mustard food allergy is a reaction to the proteins in the mustard seed. This is an up-and-coming food allergy that can be severe. However, it's still safe to swim in the icky pool if desired. ...Read more

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Lab tests show I have a mustard allergy. Would that be to the plant or the sauce?

Probably the sauce: Mustard allergy is very uncommon, and very easy to self diagnose. It doesn't take most people very long to figure out they're having symptoms every time they eat something with mustard. Blood tests are notorious for giving false positive and false negative results, and are used far too often. The best way to identify and treat food-related symptoms is to consult a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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Could I have gotten diarreha from my allergy to mustard?

Could I have gotten diarreha from my allergy to mustard?

May be.: Food allergy can cause diarrhea that is usually limited to exposure to the food to which you are allergic. If it happens over and over, you need to be evaluated for other reasons as well. ...Read more

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I seem to have a bit of pain on my tongue and gums when I eat yellow mustard? Is it the spiciness or an allergy?

I seem to have a bit of pain on my tongue and gums when I eat yellow mustard?  Is it the spiciness or an allergy?

Unclear: It is possible that it is simply the spiciness. But also possible is a food cross reactivity. Does this happen at all times of the year? Or only during a pollen season? Some foods will cross react with pollens and give symptoms during the pollen season. It is not a true allergy though. ...Read more

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Why are fall allergies so bad?

Why are fall allergies so bad?

Ragweed & Mold: Allergy problems are often worse in the fall because of weed pollen such as ragweed. In addition, mold is worse in the fall because decaying plant material such as all summers grass clipping and falling leaves. Ragweed is a potent allergen for those who are allergic to it and can cause fairly severe symptoms. The combo of weed pollen and mold is a double whammy. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause dizzyness?

Can allergies cause dizzyness?

Yes possible: But first see your doctor to rule out other serious problems for dizziness before you visit allergy specialist. ...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