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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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Can my toddler's fussiness mean she has a food allergy or not?

Can my toddler's fussiness mean she has a food allergy or not?

Possible: Fussiness is not a very specific symptom & is associated with many complaints. When fussiness is related to something in the diet it's more likely an intolerance than an allergy. Your pediatrician or allergist can be of great help here. ...Read more

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What causes eczema flare ups if it's not a food allergy in a toddler?

What causes eczema flare ups if it's not a food allergy in a toddler?

Many possibilities: The primary triggers for eczema flare-ups are food exposures, changes in weather/temperature, using the wrong soaps and moisturizers, and environmental allergens (pets, dust mites). ...Read more

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How can I know if my toddler has a food allergy or IBS?

How can I know if my toddler has a food allergy or IBS?

Geet evaluated: Your pediatrician can obtain and deailed history and do laboratory teting which shiul help identify any GI problems. ...Read more

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Can OTC bee pollen for a toddler with eczema and food allergies hurt? Any help?

Can OTC bee pollen for a toddler with eczema and food allergies hurt? Any help?

It could: It depends what your child is allergic to. I would not try anything even if it is otc without talking it over with your allergist or physician. ...Read more

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What are signs of food allergies in toddlers other than the obvious signs such as breaking out in hives or having trouble breathing?

What are signs of food allergies in toddlers other than the obvious signs such as breaking out in hives or having trouble breathing?

Stomach symptoms!: Other than obvious signs such as breaking out in hives and having trouble breathing, which occur in rare cases, the frequent symptoms of food allergy are the less serious cases of vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and exacerbation of eczema. ...Read more

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What are common signs of a food allergy?

What are common signs of a food allergy?

Varied: Food allergy symptoms can be quite varied from hives, itching, swelling, eczema, trouble breathing, throat closing, coughing, wheezing, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea. If multiple symptoms occur this is often called anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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What to do if my child has severe food allergies?

What to do if my child has severe food allergies?

Discover, avoid: Food allergies vary in their intensity. If you are allergic, your body reacts to it in various ways. Skin tests can be positive and the blood can show elevated antibody levels. Elevated ige is important and means a major reaction is possible. Those foods must be avoided. If skin tests show some reaction but ige levels are low, the food may be tolerated. Discuss which foods to avoid with your allerg. ...Read more

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Child with multiple severe food allergies, what to do?

Child with multiple severe food allergies, what to do?

See an allergist: Food allergies can be life threatening. It frequently takes a team of an allergist and nutritionist to manage food allergies and to find a diet that is proper for growth and development. Currently, the treatment for food allergies is avoidance, however, there are clinical trials evaluating desensitization procedures. Your local allergist will know who to contact. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of food allergy in an adult?

What are signs and symptoms of food allergy in an adult?

Abdominal s/s: It could be abdominal pain, nausea vomitting or diarrhea, or asthma like symptoms, skin rash, stridor swollen lips etc. ...Read more

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How can I find a good diet for a child with severe food allergies?

How can I find a good diet for a child with severe food allergies?

Use your resources: A consultation with a dietician may be immensely helpful; call a local hospital and ask to speak with a dietitian to determine if they have an outpatient program or know of someone in your area who offers such services. There are many web-based resources, and web sites that will give you a list of foods or recipes you can purchase from them that are safe for your given combo of allergies. ...Read more

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What is the earliest age a child can be tested for food allergies?

What is the earliest age a child can be tested for food allergies?

By 6 months of age!: Ige allergy antibodies do not cross the placenta so when present are the infant's not the mother's. But the presence of allergy antibodies on skin or in blood is not the same thing as a clinical allergic reaction. False positives are common - especially true when eczema is present. This is one area where an experienced board-certified allergist can be uniquely helpful. Be wary of igg allergy tests. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are signs and symptoms of food allergy?

Food allergy symptom: In general, there are 3 ways food allergy can present. The most dramatic one that we often refer to is immediate reaction that can cause hives, nausea, vomiting, throat closing and can be life threatening. Other types of food allergy can be more subtle and present chronically like esophagitis, gastroenteritis, colitis (difficulty swallowing, abdo pain, bloody stool...) or eczema. ...Read more

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Can a child develop food allergies after they are several years old?

Can a child develop food allergies after they are several years old?

Age Ranges: Generally dairy and egg allergy are most common before the age of five and nuts (peanuts and tree-nuts) and seafood after the age of five. But as dr machtinger alluded to in his post, you can develop a food allergy at any age. ...Read more

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My child has food allergies. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

My child has food allergies. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

Dangerous: Tell them that he is sensitive to certain foods and he has to avoid them, otherwise it will make him really sick! He has to bring a special injection kit in case this happen to save his life. ...Read more

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How can I help my child's food allergies, without know exactly what he is allergic to?

How can I help my child's food allergies, without know exactly what he is allergic to?

Consult an allergist: An allergist can help you by carefully evaluating your child's history of potential reactions to foods, and selecting the appropriate testing to confirm the clinical impression of allergy. It is also possible that your child does not have any food allergies at all. ...Read more

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What should I do if my child has some known and probably other unknown food allergies?

Proper evaluation: Anyone with food allergies should be evaluated by a physician trained and proficient in diagnosing and managing food allergies. That would typically be a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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Can food allergies lead to long-term health issues or can they be a sign of an underlying issue?

Yes and No: If one continues to eat food that she is allergic to, then symptoms will continue and may become more severe. Example are eczema with worsening rash, eosinophilic esophagitis with food getting stuck or failure to thrive if chronic diarrhea continues. Food allergy is not a sign of an underlying disorder. However, symptoms after eating fatty food may mean gallbladder troubles for example. ...Read more

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I never had food allergies as a child, but I seem to have them now as an adult. Is this common to happen?

I never had food allergies as a child, but I seem to have them now as an adult. Is this common to happen?

Adults get allergies: People are born with the genetic predisposition to develop food allergies and they can occur at any age. Food allergy reactions usually consist of some/all of following: itchy lips/mouth/throat, nausea, vomitting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hives, lightheadedness, chest tightness/wheezing. These symptoms occur each time a bite or sip of the offending food is eaten within 2 hrs of ingestion. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Results in a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when certain food is eaten. Can also be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, ...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