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Doctor insights on: What Kind Of Pill To Take For Food Allergies

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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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For what type of reaction would we take a baby with a food allergy to the hospital?

For what type of reaction would we take a baby with a food allergy to the hospital?

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

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Are there any series of shots, liquids, pills, surgery that can be done to fix food allergies?

Are there any series of shots, liquids, pills, surgery that can be done to fix food allergies?

Yes: Oral and sublingual desensitization have success. Not all allergy clinicians will perform the procedure. There are academic centers at Duke, Arkansas, Mt Sinai in New York where clinical research proyocols are being done ...Read more

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How long does it take for food allergies to develop? If you have delayed allergic reactions, is it possible to eventually become anaphylactic?

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

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I have severe food allergies to wheat and all nuts, what kind of alchoholic beverages can I have?

I have severe food allergies to wheat and all nuts, what kind of alchoholic beverages can I have?

Most: You may need to avoid some beers, since they can be made from wheat. But, most wine and spirits should be no problem. Just be sure to tell the bartender your allergies in case they use any ingredients in your mixed drink that you could be allergic to. ...Read more

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What type of doctor checks for food allergies?

What type of doctor checks for food allergies?

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 more

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How can I best take care of food allergy?

How can I best take care of food allergy?

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

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The food allergy what take 6hrs are they dangerous?

The food allergy what take 6hrs are they dangerous?

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

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How long does a servere food allergy take to happen?

How long does a servere food allergy take to happen?

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

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How long can it take for a food allergy to manifest itself to you?

How long can it take for a food allergy to manifest itself to you?

Food allergy: Many adults don't have a classic food allergy but rather a food intolerance. Thus a true allergy usually occurs withing 30 minutes but may have a delayed response 6 to 8 hours later. An intolerance is more unpredictable. ...Read more

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What type of food allergy test is more accurate?

What type of food allergy test is more accurate?

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 more

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What dosage of antihistamine should I take to resolve a mild food allergy reaction?

What dosage of antihistamine should I take to resolve a mild food allergy reaction?

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

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What kind of antihistamine help my facial swelling due to food allergy?

What kind of antihistamine help my facial swelling due to food allergy?

Help us by...: ...defining what you mean by facial swelling (hives, asymmetric, lips, peri-ocular, etc.), what are the accompaniments (like difficulty swallowing, hard to breath?) and why you think this is a histamine-mediated food allergy? ...Read more

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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?

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

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Skin rashes on face from a food allergy. What do I take for this?

Skin rashes on face from a food allergy. What do I take for this?

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

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