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What Kind Of Pill To Take For Food Allergies
My child has asthma & use 2 pumps & take 2 pills, she has allergy & food allergies oranges, banans, & tomatoes. What can I do to get vitams she neec?
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
Food allergies: The problem with allergies, is that it can progress pretty quickly from mild to severe very quickly. My kids have food allergies, and even as a doctor, it scares me! if you are not sure, do not hesitate! get your child to an emergency room as quicly as possible, as every minute counts. Having Epinephrine pens will buy you time as well. Please discuss this with your child's docotr as well. ...Read more
How long does it take for food allergies to develop? If you have delayed allergic reactions, is it possible to eventually become anaphylactic?
Food allergy: A person, due to the right timing of exposure in the predisposed, can develop food allergies at any time in her/his life to any food. However most food allergies are due to the common highly allergenic foods, such as nuts seafood milk eggs soy ; wheat. It is unknown if delayed reactions can become anaphylactic; however if there is evidence of an ige reaction to a food, caution is the best remedy. ...Read more
Widely available: Even though blood testing for food allergies is widely available, indiscriminate testing should be strongly discouraged. The tests are very good at ruling out allergies, but have a very high false positive rate, which often leads to unnecessary anxiety and confusion for both patients and providers. This makes proper selection of patients and tests critical. Allergists are experts in this area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Epinephrine: Food allergies cause life threatening reactions. These reactions can only be effectively treated with Epinephrine (adrenaline). Antihistamines can treat skin symptoms, but if breathing difficulty or low blood pressure happen (which is impossible to predict), they will not help. Anyone with a food allergy should always have Epinephrine available. ...Read more
Depends: Most dangerous food reactions occur within minutes to 2 hrs. However some people are allergic to a component in red meat (alpha gal) which causes delayed anaphylaxis. Most of these people became sensitized from a chigger bite some time in the past resulting in the reaction to red meat. ...Read more
Immediate Symptoms: Food allergies are typically an immediate reaction minutes to a half hour (max 2 hours) after ingestion of concerning food with symptoms ranging anywhere from hives, wheezing, itching, shortness of breath, wheezing, vomiting, throat tightness, or syncope (fainting). If there is any concern see an Allergist for further workup and evaluation with skin prick or serum testing. ...Read more
Neither: Skin testing and blood test (serum specific ige) have different sensitivities and specificities. Either or both must be interpretted in light of the clinical picture. Frequently, patients with positive tests are not allergic and an oral challenge under the supervision of a board certified allergist familiar with oral challenges and treatment of anaphylaxis is needed. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Any recommended: Dosage of any OTC antihistamine, either first or second generation, will be effective, more important though is avoidance of re-exposure to the offending food till problem is sorted out. Keep antihistamine handy for accidental exposure, if severe reaction, keep epipen (epinephrine) handy too, see your doctor/allergist if the problem is bothersome, best wishes ...Read more
Why my daughter's feet are dry and flaky? (In the shinbone area). Is it some kind of food allergy symptoms or what? And what should I do?
Dry Skin: Hello! There are skin conditions that cause inflammation and dryness. When food allergies are responsible the rash is typically more widespread or centered around the mouth. I would start with moisturizing using hypoallergenic lotions as Aveeno (oatmeal). If no improvement, see your doctor to suggest an appropriate ointment and check for fungus. For consults, my link is healthtap.com/vanessanealmd PNYTKV ...Read more
Avoid the food: The best current treatment for food allergies is avoiding that particular food. After avoidance, antihistamines can decrease itching associated with food allergies. The use of steroid creams or ointments may help, but should be monitored by a physician. An allergist can assist in identifying the specific food trigger. ...Read more
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