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What is the best treatment for a tree nut allergy?

What is the best treatment for a tree nut allergy?

Aviod: You must see an allergist and find crossreactive foods, must carry an epi pen, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) avoid tree nuts, read ingredients before you eat out. ...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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Is there any treatment for a nut allergy?

Is there any treatment for a nut allergy?

Sort of: There are experimental treatments, but nothing that is widely available. Avoidance is the mainstay of treatment at this time. ...Read more

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Allergic to cat: can I take an over-the-counter allergy medication every day? I have a cat and am allergic. Is it safe to take over-the-counter medication every day or should I see an allergist who can help me find a treatment that works for me?

Allergic to cat: can I take an over-the-counter allergy medication every day? I have a cat and am allergic. Is it safe to take over-the-counter medication every day or should I see an allergist who can help me find a treatment that works for me?

If: If it helps, you can take an otc medication daily. I would caution against daily use of any allergy medication with a d label. This indicates the use of a decongestant which can cause your heart to race or cause palpitations. Also, any one that has sedating as a side effect (zyrtec, benedryl, etc) can cause impairments with driving or decision making.

Allergy tests and treatments are quite good, and you should consider getting some help if the otc medications are not making you better. The other option is to get rid of the cat. ...Read more

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I have allergies to scents, every where I go. No money for treatment, over the counter don't help me. I don't have health insurance or a doctor.

I have allergies to scents, every where I go. No money for treatment, over the counter don't help me. I don't have health insurance or a doctor.

I have the same: Problem. I primarily handle it through avoidance. I don't go into candle, perfume or scented soap shops, I stay away from places where people smoke cigars and cigarettes. Unfortunately, there isn't a medication cure for everything. Take care. ...Read more

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I don't even like them. How did I get a brazil nut allergy?

I don't even like them. How did I get a brazil nut allergy?

Exposure.: You have developed ige antibodies to brazil nut by eating them or another tree nut with similar protein structure. You should avoid all tree nuts if you are allergic to brazil nut. ...Read more

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Could it happen such that a nut allergy cause painful sinus problems that aren't instantaneous?

Nut allergy: Usually they cause hives and difficulty breathing and the effects are immediate. Sinus problems can be from pollen and other environmental elements, see an allergist, get tested and know your triggers. ...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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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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Any tips for traveling with a tree nut allergy?

Any tips for traveling with a tree nut allergy?

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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Might it be possible that a nut allergy cause painful sinus issues that aren't right away?

Might it be possible that a nut allergy cause painful sinus issues that aren't right away?

Probably not: The usual symptoms of a nut allergy are hives, itching, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory (lung) symptoms or even anaphylaxis. Pain and sinus congestion are usually related to airborne allergens such as pollen, mold, dander, etc. An allergist can assist in defining if food or environmental allergies are present. ...Read more

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How is nut allergy testing, de-sensitizing done?

How is nut allergy testing, de-sensitizing done?

Orally in small incr: Nut desensitization is still not approved by the fda. Nut allergen is given orally in progressively larger doses, starting from a dose that does not cause systemic reactions. Progressive doses cause a desensitization, actual tolerance after discontinuation of daily doses may or may not develop. Standardized extracts for use in practice are not in use today. ...Read more

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I have a nut allergy and am worried about using shampoos & conditioners. Are there nut extracts in them?

Yes: Many hair product will have almond oil or almond extract. Usually, it is prominently on the label. Look for it. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a severe nut allergy, and I'm just wondering what alcoholic drinks I need to stay away from. Thanks.

Hi. I have a severe nut allergy, and I'm just wondering what alcoholic drinks I need to stay away from. Thanks.

Nut allergy: Please go online and look for alcoholic drinks that do not include nuts.
If you can't find what you are looking for please go to a liquor store and see if they can help you.
Most alcoholic drinks do not include nuts - at least not as far as I know. ...Read more

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Will my brazil nut allergy go away?

Not likely: Not likely, but possibly after a period of several years. ...Read more

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Will my brazil nut allergy go away?

Will my brazil nut allergy go away?

Unlikely: Most allergies to nuts are lifelong and occasionally quite severe. Hard to imagine a diet in which these are a critical need and cannot be eliminated. It is probably best not to challenge this and fortunately brazil nuts are infrequent in commercial products (unlike peanuts). ...Read more

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Can I buy mixed nuts with a brazil nut allergy?

No: Most other tree nuts will cross react with brazil nut and cause symptoms. However, even if they did not cross react, you would still likely be exposed to brazil nut protein by contamination of the other nuts due to contact with brazil nut. ...Read more

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Could I take L-carnitine if I have a nut allergy?

Could I take L-carnitine if I have a nut allergy?

Carnitine OK: Carnitine is an Amino Acid and should not be a problem, unless processed near/around nuts. You may want to verify that yours is from a nut free procesing plant. ...Read more

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Will I be able to eat almonds if I have a tree nut allergy?

Will I be able to eat almonds if I have a tree nut allergy?

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

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I have a milk, egg, almond and hazel nut allergy. What can I eat?

I have a milk, egg, almond and hazel nut allergy. What can I eat?

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

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What nut allergy tests are there for tree nuts? What are the non-tree nuts?

What nut allergy tests are there for tree nuts? What are the non-tree nuts?

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

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What's my likelihood of developing a nut allergy if one of my parents has one?

What's my likelihood of developing a nut allergy if one of my parents has one?

Great question: Most of the data on food allergy is dealing with milk, egg, and peanut. There is less data on nut allergy. While the risk of allergies is increased in children of allergic parents, this does not necessarily translate into passing down of nut allergy specifically. A factor other than genetic factors that may increase the risk of nut allergy is having eczema (atopic dermatitis). ...Read more

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If you have a tree nut allergy, does it mean you are also allergic to peanut legumes?

Not always: Not necessarily. However, until you are tested for specific nut, I would avoid them all. ...Read more

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If a 4 year old outgrows a nut allergy confirmed by bloodwork, can it come back later?

If a 4 year old outgrows a nut allergy confirmed by bloodwork, can it come back later?

Possible but rare: I believe you said that your child has outgrown his/her nut allergy and has negative blood test for allergy. The proof that you have outgrown any allergy is if you eat it again. If your child has not eaten nuts safely then you should see an allergist that will do an oral challenge with you. After negative challenge it is recommended that they eat it regularly in order to avoid it coming back. ...Read more

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I have a severe nut allergy, can I fake creatine supplement? Is there nuts in creatine?

I have a severe nut allergy, can I fake creatine supplement? Is there nuts in creatine?

Nut Allergy: You need to look at the packaging. Creatine is simply a protein supplement but you need to see what it is made from. If it contains any products that you have a reaction to, then please avoid. If you are unsure, you should bring the package to your allergist to assist you with determining safety. ...Read more

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My wife has a nut allergy and ate something with cashews in it. Not sure if its serious enough to hospital but I am worried. I have a list of symptoms

My wife has a nut allergy and ate something with cashews in it. Not sure if its serious enough to hospital but I am worried. I have a list of symptoms

Possibly: Nut allergy usually comes on fast and furious and thus if she has survived the time you spent posting this question, it is likely not that serious. Note that she may not be allergic to all tree nuts and thus you should consult an allergist about this. In the meanwhile, be sure to have an Epinephrine kit (2 pack) on hand- this will ease your anxiety and may save her life some day. ...Read more

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I vomited 5-10 minutes after eating a handful of cachews and almonds. Do you think its because of a nut allergy?

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

Dr. Paul Carter
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Nut Allergy (Definition)

Allergic reaction to an edible fruit kernel. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, ...Read more