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What could be triggering someone's cashew allergy?

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Dr. Paul Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Allergic antibodies

When a person becomes allergic to a food such as cashew, they begin making an allergic antibody (ige) that is specific to cashew.
On subsequent exposure to cashew the antibody binds to the cashew protein and triggers mast cells and basophils to release histamine, which can cause anything from nausea and abdominal cramping to itching and hives or anaphylaxis.

In brief: Allergic antibodies

When a person becomes allergic to a food such as cashew, they begin making an allergic antibody (ige) that is specific to cashew.
On subsequent exposure to cashew the antibody binds to the cashew protein and triggers mast cells and basophils to release histamine, which can cause anything from nausea and abdominal cramping to itching and hives or anaphylaxis.
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