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Doctor insights on: Red Food Dye Allergy Symptoms

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My daughter has a skin irritation/rash around her face when she eats certain food not sure what it is ava age 3, healthy no known allergies so far immunizations up to date? Thinking it might be red dye #40?

Rash: This could simply be a basic irritant dermatitis due to little ones getting as much food on their face as they get in their mouth. And the food can irritate the skin. Also, kids will lick around the mouth, causing irritation. See the pediatrician for evaluation or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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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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Tips On Preventing Red Dye Allergy and can it cause headaches, too?

Tips On Preventing Red Dye Allergy and can it cause headaches, too?

Avoidance: Red dye allergy is not a "true" IgE antibody mediated allergy so you cannot be desensitized to it. It can cause headaches. Avoidance is the only treatment. Read food labels carefully. ...Read more

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15 minutes after eating pasta John's face started to turn red. Could that be a food allergy symptom?

15 minutes after eating pasta John's face started to turn red. Could that be a food allergy symptom?

Mgt/workup: Yes it could be, and an allergic rash eg hives is a common finding, along with GI symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. I would suggest CAP testing for the sauce ingredients, and a food panel. Discuss with you pediatrician, and please check the labels for the ingredients. ...Read more

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20 yr old girl. Had some bright red in stool. Food dye? forced myself to go, so maybe hememmroids? No other symptoms

20 yr old girl. Had some bright red in stool. Food dye? forced myself to go, so maybe hememmroids? No other symptoms

May need follow-up: This could be a hemorrhoid since you had to force the bowel movement. If it continues you need to see a Physician. Make sure you are eating plenty of fiber in your diet and drinking plenty of water. ...Read more

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If food allergy prick test is negative (mild redness) and blood rast test negative is it mean you are not allergic to foods?So y get reaction to foods

If food allergy prick test is negative (mild redness) and blood rast test negative is it mean you are not allergic to foods?So y get reaction to foods

Not 100%: If both tests are negative, the chance of being allergic to that food is very very small. However when the history of a food allergy is strong, and the tests were negative, i often ask the patient to bring in the fresh food for the testing instead of relying on commercial food extracts. If the person is still quite concerned over it a challenge test can be done at the office. ...Read more

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I want to go get a blood test for allergies. Will this assess for all types of allergens? Will it tell if I'm allergic to food dyes?

I want to go get a blood test for allergies. Will this assess for all types of allergens? Will it tell if I'm allergic to food dyes?

Uncertain: Every single test needs be interpreted with the history and physical findings in context. Food dye allergy. other than to red carmine dye, is very rare if non-existent although it was in vogue over 40 years ago. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering if I may have an allergy to rye (i'm allergic to rye grass) or gluten (not allergic to wheat or corn though) or dextrin or food coloring dyes that are artificial , since I was eating cheez-its and starburst last night and noticed my thr

Hi I was wondering if I may have an allergy to rye (i'm allergic to rye grass) or gluten (not allergic to wheat or corn though) or dextrin or food coloring dyes that are artificial , since I was eating cheez-its and starburst last night and noticed my thr

Beware that allergy: is simply a label for behavioral response. Pretense is that someone else (Doc, etc.) really understands what is happening when actually just repeating the clients complaints//descriptions of behavior(s), using different words/diagnostic-labels, while promoting theories to justify low-level theories aimed at justifying what is being promoted/sold. Best don't miss bigger issues & internal controls. ...Read more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more