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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Sesame Allergy (Overview)

A sesame allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to sesame protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours after ingestion or contact.


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My 16 year old son was diagnosed with a severe shellfish allergy and recently his allergy testing came back that shellfish was fine and that he has a sesame allergy. He has other enviromental allergies and controlled asthma. These were his only known

My 16 year old son was diagnosed with a severe shellfish allergy  and recently his allergy testing came back that shellfish was fine and that he has a sesame allergy.  He has other enviromental allergies and  controlled asthma.  These were his only known

Not sure of ? but->: It is possible to "outgrow " a food allergy. If the skin test is now negative ...Sometimes we will first verify with an immunocap blood test. .. And if also negative have the pt bring the food to the office to eat a little at a time over a couple of hours. Of course other food allergies can develop ... Though a sesame allergy is not related to the shellfish allergy. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
12 doctors shared insights

Sesame Allergy (Overview)

A sesame allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to sesame protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours after ingestion or contact.


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Is there any treatment for nuts and sesame allergy in children ? Is giving small doses of them in a hospital setting actually helps ?

Is there any treatment for nuts and sesame allergy  in children ? Is giving small doses of them in a hospital setting actually helps ?

Variable: The successful rates for sublingual food drops desensitization to nuts have been variable. Most of the studies excluded those who had an anaphylactic reaction to the nut. Even if the desensitization is successful, it is intended only for inadvertent exposure to the nuts. This approach has not yet been fda approved and not yet ready for prime time. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sesame allergy?

Sesame Allergy: A sesame allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to sesame protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours after ingestion or contact. ...Read more

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Sesame allergy in tokyo? What can I eat?

Sesame allergy in tokyo? What can I eat?

Grocery stores: If you don't speak japanese you may have to buy & prepare your own food. Ask a friend who speaks japanese to translate this warning: "i am allergic to sesame & sesame oil. If i eat this food, even a small amount, i can have a life-threatening reaction that can kill me in a few minutes. Please do not serve me any food containing sesame". Show this to the waiter at every eatery. Always carry epipen! ...Read more

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If sesame allergy, can I have sesame oil?

No: If you are allergic to sesame seeds, the best thing is to read labels and make sure you do not eat, touch or inhale anything that contains them. ...Read more

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Is refined sesame oil safe for someone with a sesame allergy? Does refining remove the allergen?

Is refined sesame oil safe for someone with a sesame allergy? Does refining remove the allergen?

Possibly: Most vegetable oil are not allergenic with rare exceptions. In fact, I had reported a case of sesame seed oil anaphylaxis in the J of Allergy & Clin Immunology over 20 years ago- I believe it was the first time a seed oil was ever reported to have caused allergic reactions. If you had anaphylaxis to the seed, it would be prudent to be tested to the oil even though the risk is very low. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for nuts and sesame allergy in children ? Is giving small doses of them in a hospital setting actually helps ?

Variable: The successful rates for sublingual food drops desensitization to nuts have been variable. Most of the studies excluded those who had an anaphylactic reaction to the nut. Even if the desensitization is successful, it is intended only for inadvertent exposure to the nuts. This approach has not yet been fda approved and not yet ready for prime time. ...Read more

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18 M old diangosis with sesame allergy ( hive measured 18 mmx10mm ). Also allergic to peanuts and almonds( 2mmx3 mm). Does a larger # indicate severity?

18 M old diangosis with sesame allergy ( hive measured 18 mmx10mm ). Also allergic to peanuts and almonds( 2mmx3 mm).  Does  a larger # indicate severity?

Not exactly...you: have to know the size of the hive to the "saline water" control and the histamine control. We aslo take into account the type of reaction the baby had, and usually we do an ImmunoCap test .,,,and take all of this info together in helping to decide how "severe" the allergy is.....see: www.foodallergy.org Good luck ...Read more

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Why is my sesame allergy worse? Now if I eat sesame products, I get hot, feel thumps of my heart, lips puff, and chest feels like a weight on it.

Why is my sesame allergy worse? Now if I eat sesame products, I get hot, feel thumps of my heart, lips puff, and chest feels like a weight on it.

Sesame allergy: Sounds like your allergic reactions to eating sesame are worsening. Please avoid sesame at all times, read all labels, and if accidentally ingested, take antihistamine like benadryl (diphenhydramine) right away. You should likely also carry an Epi-pen if allergy that severe. See an allergist. ...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