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Which multivitamin brand is best for food allergies?

Which multivitamin brand is best for food allergies?

None: There is no need to start a vitamin to treat or prevent food allergies. If you are allergic to milk and do not have sufficient calcium in your diet you may need a calcium supplement. ...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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I am in need of good stores to purchase food for food allergies?

I am in need of good stores to purchase food for food allergies?

Getting easier: Many of my patients have recommended whole foods, wegmans, and trader joes. Fortunately, more stores are recognizing the need to stock allergy friendly foods. In any situation, it still falls on you to read labels carefully, call manufacturers to review questionable labels, and when in doubt avoid the food. ...Read more

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Prednisone and food allergies? Is prednisone helpful for a bad food allergy reaction?

Prednisone and food allergies?  Is prednisone helpful for a bad food allergy reaction?

Less so: The best treatment for food allergies defined as having symptoms after ingesting certain foods (and not just having a blood testing stating food allergy is present) is first and foremost, avoidance and secondarily by carrying epipen(jr) which is adrenaline which can be injected into the person's thigh asap after contact with the allergen. Prednisone is much less useful. ...Read more

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Are the health food store bee pollen meds just a gimmick for treating allergies?

Are the health food store bee pollen meds just a gimmick for treating allergies?

Yes: The pollens that cause allergies are very small, and carried by the wind. Flowers need bees to cross-pollinate, because the pollen is too big and heavy to be carried by the wind. Since they're not airborne, people can't inhale them and react to them. Thus, the pollens found in bee pollen are not the pollens that cause your allergic symptoms. ...Read more

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Why are dietary suppliments not a subsitute for eating a variety of healthy foods?

Why are dietary suppliments not a subsitute for eating a variety of healthy foods?

Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. You may not feel any different but your immunity and overall health can improve. Soil in depleted and toxins abound. Good local organic is best. ...Read more

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Is eating multivitamin for allergic and sneezing good idea or earing probiotics for allergic and sneezing ?? Please suggest thx..

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Is eating multivitamin for allergic and sneezing good idea or earing probiotics for allergic and sneezing ?? Please suggest thx..

Neutral: Multivitamins are not usually needed for people in the developed countries except in cases of severe dietary restrictions. There is little proof that they would do much for allergies. If you were to take anything, vitamin D3 may be the one. There is also no proof that probiotics do anything for hay fever or asthma although they may be helpful in some cases of eczema. Try nasal steroid. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for food allergies?

Is there a treatment for food allergies?

No: There are currently no fda-approved "treatments" for food allergies. Identification and avoidance is the only currently approved and recommended method to deal with food allergies. There are research trials looking into actual treatments, and sublingual immunotherapy (slit) is being used "off-label" as a treatment, but they are not yet recognized in the us as "approved" treatments. ...Read more

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Fish allergy looking for a reliable source of Omega-3 and/or a safe brand to take. Afraid to a reaction to an unreliable brand.

Fish allergy looking for a reliable source of Omega-3 and/or a safe brand to take. Afraid to a reaction to an unreliable brand.

Omega 3: Try a non fish source.What indication are you relying on as there is no data to support such supplementation in healthy adults ...Read more

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Has anyone tried an elemental diet for food allergies?

Has anyone tried an elemental diet for  food allergies?

Yes.: Its commonly used for patients with eosinophiilic esophagitis (ee) and can be very effective. If symptoms fail to resolve in 2-3 weeks that's an excellent indication that they are not due to food allergy. If they do resolve foods can be reintroduced one at a time every few days to see if they are tolerated or trigger allergic symptoms. ...Read more

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Which type of vitamins should I take for my age, women's one a day? Allergic to seafood, will vitamins with fish oil have cause an allergic reaction?

Which type of vitamins should I take for my age, women's one a day? Allergic to seafood, will vitamins with fish oil have cause an allergic reaction?

Not needed: Multivitamins have not been shown to improve health or longevity when studied scientifically. It would be better for you to follow a healthy and nutritious diet with a lot of veggies and fruits. ...Read more

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What are some good snacks for a class if one has a nut allergy?

See below: Fruit (fresh or dried - natural), raisins, dates. ...Read more

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Which are some dietary requirements for someone with a peanut allergy?

Which are some dietary requirements for someone with a peanut allergy?

Peanut allergy: Once you get a proper diagnosis for peanut allergy, you should avoid peanut & all treenuts in general since they are usually processed in the same plant & can be contaminated with peanut proteins. There is not much cross reactivity between peanut & treenuts. Other than that you should be able to eat all other types of foods that should provide you with plenty of nutrients. Also carry an epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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What is a good source of calcium for children that have a cows milk allergy ?

What is a good source of calcium for children that have a cows milk allergy ?

Depends: There are a variety of sources depending on age and co-existing food allergies. Soy milk is a possible but 30% of cow milk allergic will be allergic to it. Goat milk or cheese, rice milk, etc. Older kids can simply be fed Tums wafers/tablets I a once or twice a day dosing based on size/need. These have enough calcium. The fluid/sugar & fat found in cow milk can be found in many sources. ...Read more

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How does one start an elimination diet for food allergies...I was considering rice fruit and vegetables for 1 week?

How does one start an elimination diet for food allergies...I was considering rice fruit and vegetables for 1 week?

Best to get checked: New development of food allergies at age 64 is unusual, so your desire to restrict diet, while based on good science, may be an incorrect approach for you. Effective diet exclusions pick one food group to drop (like lactose, gluten), assess response, then move on to another food group. I suggest first you discuss your symptoms & concerns with your doctor & pursue appropriate evaluation instead. ...Read more

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Is there a test for lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

Is there a test for lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

Different for each.: Lactose intolerance can be proven with a breath hydrogen test, although usually if the symptoms resolve when off lactose and recur when lactose is reintroduced, that's sufficient proof. For milk protein allergy, skin tests, checking bm's for blood, blood allergy tests, and and elimination diet are used. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

An immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. This often results in ...Read more