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Over The Counter Treatment For Nut Allergy
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
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 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
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
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
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
Many: Consider fruits and veggies.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
Hi. I have a severe nut allergy, and I'm just wondering what alcoholic drinks I need to stay away from. Thanks.
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
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
Usually quick.: A reaction usually takes only a couple of minutes. ...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
Depends: On which nuts you are allergic to. To be on the safest side you should avoid all nut oils. ...Read more
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
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
Not always: Not necessarily. However, until you are tested for specific nut, I would avoid them all. ...Read more
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
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
I have a nut allergy. Can touching certain dog food containing nuts, or using cosmetics with shea nut oil cause a reaction?
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
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