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Nut Allergy Almonds
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
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
No: 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
Food allergy: First, make sure you have a good diagnosis of food allergy by a well trained allergist. Remember food allergy testing by itself does not necessarily equate to a clinical reaction to that particular food but rather it gives your doctor a risk assessment for food allergy. If you have real allergic reactions to milk, egg and nuts, you just have to avoid them and can eat anything else. ...Read more
I vomited 5-10 minutes after eating a handful of cachews and almonds. Do you think its because of a nut allergy?
Possibly: Stomach upset and vomiting after eating nuts are possible signs of an allergy. It can happen within minutes to hours. It very well could be unrelated to an allergy too. It's not unreasonable to try another exposure to cashews and almonds individually and see what your reaction is. Please, seek urgent help if you develop breathing issues, severe pain, swelling anywhere or lightheadedness. ...Read more
Told I should stop eating peanuts/peanut butter while pregnant to avoid nut allergy in baby, what about almond butter and other nuts. Are they ok?
I have food allergies. Am new to drinking coffee. If I have a nut allergy, should I avoid toasted almond flavored (black) coffee?
Complex: It all depends on which nuts you are allergic to since one does not usually become allergic to all nuts. If you are allergic to almond, you will need to find out whether the almond flavor is synthetic or from the actual nut. ...Read more
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
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
See below: Fruit (fresh or dried - natural), raisins, dates. ...Read more
Many: Consider fruits and veggies.Get a more detailed answer ›
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