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What causes a chocolate allergy?

What causes a chocolate allergy?

Workup/Mgt: Chocolate is a complex food, with potentially many additives such as fruits, nuts, flavorings. Determining which of the contents is causing a specific reaction is part of the workup and testing. Further management includes avoidance of the trigger. I would suggest discussing your symptoms and further workup with your physician. In the meantime, check ingredients and please avoid chocolate. ...Read more

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Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


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What causes a latex allergy?

What causes a latex allergy?

Proteins in latex: We don't know why certain proteins contained in latex trigger allergic reactions. We do know that this is a classic allergic reaction and so latex should be avoided to prevent this from recurring and worst yet from worsening. ...Read more

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What causes wheat allergies?

What causes wheat allergies?

Wheat allergy: This is a genetic condition and allergies run in families. Sometimes what you become allergic to is influenced by what you are fed or exposed to as an infant. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten intolerance?

What is the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten intolerance?

Wording issues: You will be intolerant to gluten if you are allergic to it.Your body will have reactions to it and many could be severe. Allergy skin tests and blood tests would be positive. You could be intolerant to gluten but not have typical allergic reactions (hives, difficulty breathing, positive skin and blood tests), but you might have indigestion, constant bloating, intermittent diarrhea, etc. ...Read more

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Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

DH: Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time. Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women. The cause is unknown. However, dermatitis herpetiformis is frequently linked to gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

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What causes your gluten intolerance/antibody reaction to gluten?

What causes your gluten intolerance/antibody reaction to gluten?

Unknown: There is a genetic subgroup of the population that was a higher tendency but it can happen to anyone. Why the immune system decides to react to gluten as if it were a germ is unclear.Why the antibodies it forms decides to attack the intestine or other tissues in some is also unclear, but similar to what occurs in rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Docs, could a person both have gluten intolerance and wheat allergy?

Docs, could a person both have gluten intolerance and wheat allergy?

Yes: Gluten is a protein that can be found in several different grains. Wheat allergy would suggest a specific reaction to at least one of many wheat specific proteins.While gluten is a protein present in wheat, it is not the only one. ...Read more

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What is the cause of celiac disease or wheat allergy?

What is the cause of celiac disease or wheat allergy?

Intestine inflamatio: Celiac disease is caused by your digestive tract being sensitive to wheat and consequently you have inflamation in the digestive tract and can lead to ulcers and much discomfort. Typically it is heriditary. See your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What is the best food allergy, sensitivity or intolerance test?

Avoidance &challenge: Every test out there is imperfect. This is because there are many different mechanisms of food sensitivities- some mediated by igg, e, a & m antibodies, some by lymphocytes, some by inability to digest (lactose), some by inability to metabolize (nightshades) and there aren't tests for all of these. Avoiding suspect foods for 5 days to 1 month & challenging to see if you react is still the best test! ...Read more

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Is a cross-sensitivity chocolate/almond allergy possible?

Is a cross-sensitivity chocolate/almond allergy possible?

Sort of: Most "grocery check out isle" chocolate is contaminated with peanut and tree nuts like almond, because it is packaged in the same factory. So if you buy plain chocolate you may still get exposure to almond. ...Read more

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What causes an allergy to beef and heat sensitivity?

What causes an allergy to beef and heat sensitivity?

Tick bite: It's recently been identified that persons who had a certain tick bite can then become allergic to red meats and suffer a food induced anaphylactic (severe allergic) reaction. The antibodies are identified as alpha-gal and these can be measured in the lab. I don't believe this has anything to do with heat sensitivity however. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of allergy or intolerance to wheat (not celiac disease)? How is allergy/intol determined - thru testing or elimination diet?

Intolerance/immune: Intolerance consists of any undesired effects from from wheat and there is no definite test for it (other than a double-blind food challenge). Allergy to wheat often affects the guts but may cause hives, swelling, nasal congestion, and even rarely anaphylaxis. Allergy can be detected by skin testing or allergy blood test but double-blind food challenge remains the gold standard. ...Read more

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What makes a milk allergy different from intolerance?

What makes a milk allergy different from intolerance?

Lactose intolerance: True milk allergy is ige mediated and involves - hives, wheezing, skin rashes, anaphylaxis. Milk intolerance - most notably - lactose intolerance, is associated with loose bowel movements, abdominal cramps and gas, is due to a deficiency of the enzyme lactase. ...Read more

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Symptoms of an allergy to wheat include what problems usually?

Symptoms of an allergy to wheat include what problems usually?

Wheat allergies comp: Anemia from inability to absorb iron. Vitamin deficiency. Tiredness. Get your physician to check for markers for this first. ...Read more

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What could cause a tree nut allergy?

What could cause a tree nut allergy?

Genes & environment: The tendency to develop allergies to foods & other innocuous environmental things is inherited. Allergy to tree nuts & peanuts probably occurs because exposure is too low during the critical period when the infant's immune system is sorting out self from dangerous stuff & foreign but safe stuff. Allergists currently think that early exposure to tree nuts might prevent allergy to these foods. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hypersalivation a sign of gluten intolerance?

Help docs, is hypersalivation a sign of gluten intolerance?

Saliva: it may be. Other things include acid reflux, mouth infections, medications and swallowing issues. ...Read more

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Could a wheat allergy cause horrible acne?

Could a wheat allergy cause horrible acne?

Unlikely: Wheat allergy would manifest as symptoms of hives, swelling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea or less likely anaphylaxis. Acne should not be an allergic reaction and new onset acne in a 47 year old would be an indication to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is a food allergy?

What is a food allergy?

Reaction to a food.: People can become allergic to many substances including certain foods. Some foods are more likely, such as milk, egg, wheat, soybean, shellfish, peanut, or nuts. Reactions can range from rash and itching to anaphylactic shock. ...Read more

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What is a food allergy?

What is a food allergy?

Immunologic response: A food allergy is a specific immunologic response that your body has to a food that can lead to various symptoms. This is different from a food intolerance, such as excess gas, nausea or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Dr. Scot Lewey
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Gluten Insensitivity (Definition)

Gluten intolerance (about 10% of people) may cause bloating, diarrhea, nonspecific complaints. Celiac disease, among its many manifestations may result in diarrhea. In the latter, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food--best & most enduring fix being ...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