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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

Dr. John Chiu
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Blood test was (-) for chocolate allergy but after eating it 1-2 hrs later I have hard time breathing, shaking, hyperventilation. Is this intolerance?

Blood test was (-) for chocolate allergy but after eating it 1-2 hrs later I have hard time breathing, shaking, hyperventilation. Is this intolerance?

Trust the history: What actually happens when you eat a food you suspect you are allergic to is more sensitive and more specific than is the blood test. I think the allergists will back me up on this; a whole picture must be put together. ...Read more

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Can consuming too much coffee and chocolate cause allergy?

Can consuming too much coffee and chocolate cause allergy?

Unlikely: Allergy to coffee is unusual and usually related to coffee bean processing. Drink up! Chocolate allergy is usually related to milk or another ingredient such as peanuts or nuts. True chocolate allergy is unusual. The amount of coffee drank or chocolate eaten will not impact whether you will develop allergy, so enjoy. ...Read more

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Should I buy chocolate that may contain nuts for someone who has a nut allergy?

Should I buy chocolate that may contain nuts for someone who has a nut allergy?

No: Foods labeled as containing nuts should be avoided by nut allergic individuals even if it is not the primary ingredient. It can take small amounts of the food allergen to trigger a potentially serious reaction. ...Read more

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How common are chocolate allergies for a toddler?  have you heard of people being allergic to chocolate?

How common are chocolate allergies for a toddler?  have you heard of people being allergic to chocolate?

Traces of peanuts: Watch for labels that say "contains traces of peanut", "may contain traces of peanut", "made on shared equipment with peanut" & "made in a plant where peanuts are processed". There's a 10% chance of measurable peanut in any of these situations - sometimes enough to trigger reaction in an allergic person. Hazelnut (aka filbert) & almond are often found in chocolate especially european chocolates. ...Read more

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What causes you to have dark chocolate allergies?

What causes you to have dark chocolate allergies?

Milk or peanut: Allergy to chocolate is usually a reaction to milk or a nut/peanut ingredient. True chocolate allergy to the cacao bean is unusual but seen more common in workers who process the beans rather than consumers who eat chocolate. ...Read more

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I'm currently allergic to chocolate but I really want some without getting any allergies, any tips, what should I do?

I'm currently allergic to chocolate but I really want some without getting any allergies, any tips, what should I do?

Nooooooooo..........: If chocolate allergy exists, it is extremely rare. Other bad things can happen: reflux (GERD), headaches, migraines, rapid heartrate. Of course, peanut and tree nut allergy folks must watch for cross-contamination. I dare any board-certified doc to show me a positive skin test to chocolate, though. Do a food challenge at an allergists office. And be sure to bring in enough for the office staff. ...Read more

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Can a child with peanut allergies eat white chocolate?

Can a child with peanut allergies eat white chocolate?

Yes: Baker's semi-sweet by kraft is peanut-free. I have patients tell me that trader joe's sells one as well. To make sure, I would call the manufacturer to verify and of course, always read the labels. ...Read more

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Can a child with peanut allergies eat a bar of white chocolate?

Can a child with peanut allergies eat a bar of white chocolate?

Usually: White chocolate does not contain any peanut or nut components. ...Read more

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Dairy allergy. Could I still eat a small piece of milk chocolate?

Dairy allergy. Could I still eat a small piece of milk chocolate?

YMMV: It depends on your degree of sensitivity. If you have had anaphylaxis to milk products, then avoid even small amounts. Otherwise you might get by with a bit. ...Read more

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I ate dark chocolate and then felt sick all day and finally threw up. Could I have an allergy to dark chocolate?

I ate dark chocolate and then felt sick all day and finally threw up. Could I have an allergy to dark chocolate?

Probably not: I assume that it is not the first time you ate it, didn't you?
It could have been some indigestion or possibly food poisoning especially if nausea/vomiting were the only symptoms. Just let your stomach recover and try again but only a small bite a time to test it. ...Read more

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I have a 10 month old daughter it easter and she keeps trying to get ahold of chocolate worried for the chance of allergies what would I do worst case?

I have a 10 month old daughter it easter and she keeps trying to get ahold of chocolate worried for the chance of allergies what would I do worst case?

Stop worrying: Are you really serious? Worried about a chocolate allergy? Stop over analyzing. A young child is naturally attracted to sweets. ...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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Do I have hazelnut allergy if I feel full after eating a lot of milk chocolate hazelnut bars?

You may just be full: A feeling of fullness alone is not typical of a food or nut allergy. If you ate a lot of the milk chocolate hazelnut bar, you may just be full. If you suspect allergy or have a strong family history of food allergies, consider getting tested by an allergist. ...Read more

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Allergy, intolerance, or viral? I get vertigo when I eat nuts, chocolate and caffeine, and basic dizziness from other foods. Started after shingles.

Allergy, intolerance, or viral? I get vertigo when I eat nuts, chocolate and caffeine, and basic dizziness from other foods. Started after shingles.

Inner ear issues?: If the nerves related to your inner ear get swollen they could easily result in feelings of vertigo/dizziness. Perhaps the foods are causing the nerves to swell? Post nasal drip and eustachian tube dysfunction might do it. Chinese medicine or cranial osteopathy might help. Diazepam is a western medication that would effectively treat symptoms. ...Read more

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I got a rash from nose-chin after halloween. I had 3 antibiotics, nothing happened. Could it be an allergy to chocolate/gluten/milk/lecithin....?

I got a rash from nose-chin after halloween. I had 3 antibiotics, nothing happened. Could it be an allergy to chocolate/gluten/milk/lecithin....?

Unlikely: It would be unusual to have a persistent rash for two months after eating halloween candy. Skin inflammation from continued exposure to a skin irritant or allergen like cosmetics would be more likely although I don't know what your rash looks like. An allergist or dermatologist can patch test you to common causes of rash (contact dermatitis). ...Read more

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Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Asthma symptoms: If asthma is not controlled and you continue to have difficulty breathing, it is a yes. Not able to breath well can cause anxiety, heart race or panic attack, and headache. Most of the time asthma is related to environmental allergies in the us. Having one allergic disease give to a risk of getting another one including food allergy. Chocolate, tea, coffee contain caffeine ; can cause headache. ...Read more

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Are swollen lymph nodes in the neck a symptom of food allergy? I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck several hours after eating chocolate.

Are swollen lymph nodes in the neck a symptom of food allergy? I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck several hours after eating chocolate.

No: It is unlikely to be a symptom of food allergy by itself. But you need to have your swollen glands evaluated by your doctor to determine what is causing them to swell. ...Read more

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What may happen in the body that triggers late onset allergies?

What may happen in the body that triggers late onset allergies?

More symptoms: Many allergic reactions are biphasic meaning that immediate symptoms that resolve after a few hours are followed 6-10 hours later by the reappearance of symptoms without additional exposure to the allergic trigger. The symptoms are the same but may be more intense & last longer in the late phase. Prompt early treatment with topical corticosteroids usually prevent late onset symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a food allergy late in life?

Is it possible to develop a food allergy late in life?

Yes: It depends on what you mean by late in life. The development of any allergies after the age of 60 is unusual, because most of your immune cells have already been committed to certain types of reactions by that time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an allergy to cats late in life after years of no allergies to cats? Or does it depend on the cat?

Is it possible to get an allergy to cats late in life after years of no allergies to cats? Or does it depend on the cat?

Yes: Allergy immunotherapy is about 80% effective. So like most medicines, it works on most people. There are also some individuals, like with any medication, that cat allergy vaccine is not effecdtive. Cat. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a skin allergy late in life?

Is it possible to develop a skin allergy late in life?

Skin allergy: Contact dermatitis can occur at any age and can come after years of exposure to a chemical. Allergy to fragrances, detergents, soaps, make-up etc. Are commonly noted after long periods of symptom-free tolerances. Dermatologists have been trained to use patch testing to identify chemical allergy. ...Read more

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I have three food allergies that just manifested @age 35. now im ill all the time. Could these allergies be a symptom of another disease? Why so late?

I have three food allergies that just manifested @age 35. now im ill all the time. Could these allergies be a symptom of another disease? Why so late?

? intolerance: Vs a true allergy to whatever foods that cause the problem, yes food allergy can occur late, although uncommon, you need to see an allergist/ immunologist and may be a gastro-enterlogist and a dietician, but ask your primary doctor first for initial evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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Can cat allergies be serious?

Can cat allergies be serious?

Depends: Any allergen can cause a range of symptoms from mild to severe and life threatening. Cat would be included in that as well. Cats can cause mild nasal congestion to severe persistent asthma that can be life threatening. If you are having symptoms around a cat talk with you pcp or allergist. There are good treatment options available to help you. ...Read more

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How common are dog allergies?

How common are dog allergies?

Common: Allergic rhinitis including allergy to dogs is common, affecting 10-30% of people in the U.S. Rates seems to be increasing over time, particularly in urban areas. These statistic include all allergy sufferers (trees, grass, weeds, dust mites, molds, cats, dogs, etc). I don't have rates for dog allergy sufferers specifically. ...Read more

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Can I mix allergy medications?

Can I mix allergy medications?

Careful: Some allergy medications such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and zyrtec are sedating and together may be too sedating to function. Mixing allergy medications is best prescribed under the supervision of an allergist to avoid side effects. It depends what you are trying to treat, usually one second generation antihistamine is enough to treat nasal allergies. Other medications can be used for other symptoms. ...Read more

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How common are dairy allergies?

How common are dairy allergies?

Common: As food allergies go, milk is one of the more common offenders. More common in kids and there's a good chance they'll outgrow it. ...Read more

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What can I do about my allergies?

What can I do about my allergies?

Allergies: Depends how bad they are, you can take over the counter antihistamines and if they don't provide with relief, you need to start with your primary doctor for more prescription medications, such as nasal sprays and if these don't help, you need to see an allergist and they can advise you what else to do. ...Read more