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Can a person with nut allergies eat sunflower seeds?

Can a person with nut allergies eat sunflower seeds?

Sunflower: Usually but sometimes one can be allergic to both. Sunflower is one of the three most common seed allergies. ...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


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Can you tell me if there levels of nut allergies?

Can you tell me if there levels of nut allergies?

Absolutely yes: Tree nuts and peanut (which is a legume) are common allergens. Reactions can range from none to life-threatening if one ingests tiny amounts of nuts or other foods contaminated with peanut or nuts. If you have never had any problem with nuts or peanut, don't worry. If you had any reaction, even tingling in y our throat or a rash, see a board certified allergist=immunologist. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...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?

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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Safe fruits/foods for airborne nut allergies?

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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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 are the symptoms of tree nut allergies reaction?

What are the symptoms of tree nut allergies reaction?

Typical Allergy Sy: Tree nut allergy can present with runny nose, itchy nose and eyes, itchy skin, lip/tongue or throat swelling, hives, wheezing, asthma symptoms, belly pain, nausea, vomiting, passing out and rarely death. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Nut allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Nut allergy?

Nut allergy: Allergic reaction to an edible fruit kernel. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth or tongue. ...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

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Please tell me, could I use body butter if I have a nut allergy?

Please tell me, could I use body butter if I have a nut allergy?

You might: Hot pressed oil contains insignificant amount of nut proteins. In nut allergy, you are allergic to the protein of that particular nut. You get reaction to the nut by eating it, not through the skin in general. If the body lotion that you want to use does not have the oil from the nut that you are allergic to, you should be fine. If it does, the risk is really low. See a local allergist for details ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could use body butter if I have a nut allergy?

Can you tell me if i could use body butter if I have a nut allergy?

You might: Hot pressed oil contains insignificant amount of nut proteins. In nut allergy, you are allergic to the protein of that particular nut. You get reaction to the nut by eating it, not through the skin in general. If the body lotion that you want to use does not have the oil from the nut that you are allergic to, you should be fine. If it does, the risk is really low. See a local allergist for details ...Read more

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Safe is it to travel to the tropics with a child with a nut allergy?

Safe is it to travel to the tropics with a child with a  nut allergy?

Yes: As with any travel, or eating outside of the home, you must be cautious as to the ingredients in what is being eaten and drank. In addition to possible cross contamination. For more info on food allergies visit the food allergy and anaphylaxis website. ...Read more

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If the husband has nut allergy does that mean our children can have it?

If the husband has nut allergy does that mean our children can have it?

Possible: If one or both parents have allergy, the risk for the child to have allergy increases dramatically. However, they do not inherit the specific allergy directly. They become allergic based on their own exposures. So they may not have the same set of allergies as their parents. Be cautious. ...Read more

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For what reasons might the coconut contain nut allergies when it's not a nut?

Fruit or nut: Coconut is classified as a fruit not a tree nut, but fda classifies it as a tree nut for allergy labeling purposes. However some people are allergic to coconut so it is wise for tree nut allergic patients to check with their doctor before eating it. ...Read more

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Should i buy chocolate that may contain nuts for someone who has a nut allergy?

Should i buy chocolate that may contain nuts for someone who has a nut allergy?

No: Foods labeled as containing nuts should be avoided by nut allergic individuals even if it is not the primary ingredient. It can take small amounts of the food allergen to trigger a potentially serious reaction. ...Read more