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Peanut Allergic Reaction
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
If I am having an allergic reaction to peanuts what can I take in the meantime until I go to the doc?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Zantac: If you are having an allergic reaction to peanuts. You need to be in the er (period). Peanuts are highly allogenic and a reaction could be fatal. Treatment in the er would include steroids, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Zantac and possibly epinephrine. ...Read more
3/05/15 I got a prick test and I got 2+ (4- 8mm) of allergic reaction to peanut what would happen if I consume alot? Besides rash or comen reaction.
Avoid: Have you ever had a reaction to peanut? If not why were you tested? With peanut allergy anaphylaxis can occur and the severity can not be predicated by the size of the skin test or the type of reaction you had in the past. Even the tiniest amount can cause a severe reaction. Consult your allergist regarding an epinephrine autoinjector. ...Read more
How long does it take peanut dust to settle from the air? We need the dust to fully settle so we can clean the room and prevent an allergic reaction.
What kind of specialist should I get for soy, peanut & histamine diet so I won't get an allergic reaction and lose weight.
A dietitian, not a: Physician, most likely. Histamine= a hormone made internally (not in food) & induces itching/capillary-dilatation/redness/edema; i.e. allergic response. Plus what people have "allergic responses" to in skin vs. Mouth vs. Pharynx vs. Blood, etc, vary quite widely with no clear correlations with one another. Yet many assume that skin tests are a "Gold Standard" & offer clear guidance. Humm.... ...Read more
I ate peanut free fruit snacks went outside to shovel snow and came in bc I was having an allergic reaction could this be food induced anaphylaxis?
Maybe: What was the allergic reaction? Shortness of breath while shoveling snow could be a side effect (no offense) but being out of shape (i am too), but also cold air is classic for causing shortness of breath, runny noses, coughing, wheezing, redness, flushing, etc.... See an allergist to have some testing before chalking up whatever reaction you had to an allergy. Hope this helps. ...Read more
If severe: Blue lips and nail beds suggests cyanosis, which could be signs of a severe allergic reaction. If this were the case, one would be severely ill with difficulty breathing and require immediate medical attention. If these were the only symptoms, further evaluation would be necessary to assess for another explanation. ...Read more
I hear so much abt allergic reactions that I've started avoiding peanuts, fish, etc, even tho I have no food allergies. Overreacting?
Yes: The guidelines that are published for evaluation and treatment of food allergies do not recommend testing without a prior reaction/symptoms after eating. If you have never had any problems with a specific food, avoiding them proactively would be unneccessary. I do admire your desire to be proactive though. ...Read more
Which food allergies are likely to start in childhood? Is it likely a 40yr old would suddenly have a reaction to peanuts, for example? Just curious.
Childhood allergies: Food allergies starting in childhood most often include eggs, milk, wheat, peanut, nuts and sometimes fish and shellfish. Adults are ore likely to become allergic to nuts, peanut, fish, shellfish. ...Read more
I do not have no allergies but could I just get allergic to something I'm no allergic to peanuts but could I get allergic to it how?
Not really: You cannot be allergic to peanut oil but peanut, other allergies possible but not really. ...Read more
Can you tell me how come some people with peanut allergies which are legumes are also usually allergic to tree nuts even thoug?
Peanut and tree nuts: Since they are usually processed in the same facility or plant, tree nuts can be contaminated with peanut. ...Read more
Could one develop a peanut, egg, wheat allergy as an adult as well? Never allergic before. Or common allergies such as cit fruit, wheat, nuts? Tests?
Possible: It is possible to become allergic to certain foods at an older age. ...Read more
Rates of peanut allergies have increased over the past two decades. In 1997, only 0.4% of children had peanut allergies as opposed to 1.4% in 2008. The prevalence of combined peanut or tree nut allergies in children was 2.1 percent in 2008, compared to 0.6 percent in 1997.
In regards to adults, peanut and/or tree nut allergies remained steady among adults, with a rate of 1.3%. ...Read more
Good question: Why are peanut allergies so severe? A fair question, though realize ANY food allergy can be severe, meaning causing severe symptoms. Allergy tests identify the LIKELIHOOD of a reaction, but do not tell you SEVERITY of the reaction. Factors such as uncontrolled asthma, active virus, amount ingested, perhaps vomiting can affect severity. ...Read more
Symptoms, tests: Peanut is the most dangerous food allergen known. Children w peanut allergy can develop any one or combinations of symptoms, from hives, swelling, upset stomach, throat swelling, wheezing, coughing, trouble breathing, fainting, to possibly death. Peanut allergy is diagnosed and confirmed by allergists through allergy testing. If u suspect ur child has peanut allergy, see an allergist right away. ...Read more
Yes: Baker's semi-sweet by kraft is peanut-free. I have patients tell me that trader joe's sells one as well. To make sure, I would call the manufacturer to verify and of course, always read the labels. ...Read more
Million $ question: Yup, the question I get asked most. All food allergies are up, and in particular the top 8 (egg, cow's milk, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish). Something about how we live as industrialized societies. Exposure is a big piece of the puzzle - how, what, when, where; contributing factors. No simple answer. Ex: dry roasting somehow increases peanut allergenicity. ...Read more
Peanut allergy: It is thought to be related to environment and genes. A recent high profile study (LEAP study), suggests that delayed introduction of peanut to the diet, might contribute to the increase in peanut allergy. Age seems to be an important determinant. New treatments are under clinical trial evaluation. ...Read more
Usually: White chocolate does not contain any peanut or nut components. ...Read more
Peanut allergy: Many more foods have peanut or peanut oil in its contents. Secondly we have become more knowledgeable about making a diagnosis. Thirdly there is more publicity about peanut allergy. ...Read more
Mostly yes: As long as the K cups are for straight tea or coffee, ther is no problem. The moment it has special flavors, you need to look at all ingredients to be sure they don't contain nuts. ...Read more
Does exposing small children to peanuts earlier in life make them more likely to develop allergies?
Can allergies (eg. Peanut) and diseases (eg. Ceoliac) occur more these days or are just more aware?
The incidence of gluten sensitivity/celiac disease is increasing and with screening high risk populations, there is more awareness. This can identify individuals who have subclinical disease.
For peanut allergy, the incidence is increasing (from 0.5% of the population to 2% over the last 15 or so years). Similarly, there is greater awareness of food allergies in general. ...Read more
Peanut allergies: is this a new problem, or has it always been there, and we just didn't know about it?
Old problem: Allergists have been aware of the potential for serious allergic reactions to peanuts and tree nuts for decades. Along with a general rise in all allergic diseases in the past 20-30 years there has been an increase in serious reactions like anaphylaxis to peanut. It's caught the attention of the media & the public. Since neither people nor peanuts have changed it may be an environmental change. ...Read more
If my baby tested positive for peanut allergies, is it possible he'll outgrow it over time and it will lessen?
Peanut allergies can be out grown. how can you determine if they have out grown them and what at what age does it start to become likely?
Allergy testing: Usually you need to be allergy tested both skin prick testing and if negative then confirmed with specific ige test to peanut. If these 2 tests are negative then consider a peanut challenge. However, only about 18% of children will outgrow this allergy (and this is in children who have had very mild symptoms to begin with). ...Read more
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