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Sesame Seed 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Can a food allergy develop as an adult. I have been eating sesame foods since I was a child and always had no issues. I'm confused! ?
Yes: You can develop a food allergy any time in your life even though it is more common in early childhood. If you have allergic symptoms to sesame seeds, you need to pay attention to peanut as well since they share some common allergens. Sesame seed oil however is tolerated by most but not all. ...Read more
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
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
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
My 3 year old son has sesame and nuts allergy . Are they for life ? He used to cough a lot when he was a child but no wheezing
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