Food Allergy

An immune reaction that is triggered by consuming a particular food is called food allergy. Eating even a small amount of that food item can result in symptoms and signs such as tingling or itching in the mouth, hives, swelling of lips, face, or tongue, nasal congestion, breathing problems, nausea, dizziness, etc. The symptoms can be mild or severe and can start within a few minutes to hours after eating the causative food.

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What would cause symptoms like swollen glands, itchy skin, and bloating in a person?

Query: Hi doctor, My current diagnoses is food sensitivity. I have swollen glands, itchy skin, and bloating with no weight loss. Iam a male with a weight of170 pounds and height of 5 feet 8 inches. I do not smoke, has no drug use, and not taking any medications currently. What would cause somebody to have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First, I would like to know in detail each and every symptom you have mentioned, i.e., Since when the symptom is present? Is it worsening or improving over time with or without medicine? Do symptoms come and go, or are they just persistently present? Seco...  Read Full »

I am having explosive diarrhea since three months. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having diarrhea since three to four months. What actually is happening is I am getting large amount of water which is clear with small broken pieces of feces. Also, I can see tissue like (lace-like) mucus like things in my feces. I have abdominal discomfort when I do not defecate....  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your symptoms, you could have a chronic infection or inflammatory condition of the colon associated with malabsorption. It could be a number of things so we need to approach in a stepwise manner. If symptoms are associated with certain food intakes like dairy or g...  Read Full »

What causes intestinal hyperpermeability?

Query: Hello doctor, Is hyperpermeable intestine treatable and or curable? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope the following information will help you understand the condition first, and thereafter the possibility of cure and treatment. Together it should help you get your answer. To start with, I am sorry, but your question does not have a simple yes or no answer. Norm...  Read Full »

Can post-traumatic stress result in persistent diarrhea?

Query: Hi doctor, I gave birth before a year. I have problems with diarrhea periodically. I did tests for chlamydia, helicobacter pylori, bleeding, and parasites. All the results came back negative. I did a stomach ultrasound and everything is fine. I suffer from post-traumatic stress and the doctor tol...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The part of the problem can be explained by certain drugs. You are taking Heferol which is iron and it causes gastrointestinal upset, constipation, and diarrhea. But the side effects get settled once the medication is stopped. I do not know wh...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for severe eczema?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some questions regarding allergy. When I was a kid, I had eczema on my mid-arms. Then it went away. Some years ago, when I was around 22, it came back aggressively on my face, neck, and shoulders. Then I was referred to blood food allergy tests (IgE). A lot of allergens was de...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. Yes, some food can cause urticaria and rarely angioedema like peanut and seafood allergies. 2. But, there is no significance of the test you have mentioned, as that is a very nonspecific kind of test and most of the people who get themselves tested found themselv...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of a red rash above the lip line?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a red rash slightly above my lip line. It is dry and sometimes a little itchy. I did not use to have it, but it started around the time my partner got on acne medication, and it does not go away, with the exception of when I traveled abroad for vacation. For some reason, it went...  Read Full »

Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your concern is perioral dermatitis. It may be secondary to cheilitis as well. Also, It may be due to the following: 1. Cosmetics like lip balm. 2. Contact allergens like a new toothpaste. 3. An irritation is secondary to mouthwash and denitrifies. 4. Exposur...  Read Full »

I ate a spice, and eight hours later, I had stomach cramps, vertigo, vomiting, and diarrhea. Kindly suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. I was completely fine until an incident happened eight hours after I ate a spice (Piri-Piri) that I eat often. I am mentioning the symptoms in the chronological order they occurred. I had cramps similar to menstrual cramps, cold sweats, blackout for about ten...  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems like you picked up a very bad stomach bug and possibly severe food allergy. If you have severe dehydration, it is better to get your serum electrolytes test done if you need normal saline intravenously. You should make sure you are adequately hydrated. So ke...  Read Full »

Are blood blisters on my gums that appear after eating due to an allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, I keep getting blood blisters on my gums whenever I eat something. I also get them on eating bananas. They disappear after taking an antihistamine and keep reappearing. I do not have any known allergies. Is this an allergic reaction or anything else? Kindly guide.   Read Full »

Dr. Asma Sajid Shaikh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. The majority of blood blisters go away on their own. The ones which do not resolve can be treated with diet modifications and medicines. Check your food's ingredients and avoid foods containing acetic acid or citr...  Read Full »

Why do I constantly experience pain and itchiness in my throat, stomach, and chest after drinking the mugwort tea?

Query: Hello doctor,Last night, a friend gave me a cup of mugwort tea, and I started drinking it. I was drinking it for the first time in my life. After drinking it, I had itching in my mouth and throat. I stopped drinking it immediately but had pain in my throat, chest, and stomach for a few hours. I thou...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Possibly the tea you were drinking was expired, or there was a manufacturing defect. So, you have a sore throat, and now you might have an infection in the throat. Please answer the following questions: Is there any redness at the back of the mouth? Can you send me ...  Read Full »

Why have I suddenly become allergic to peanut butter and other nuts despite having them throughout my life?

Query: Hello doctor,I am not allergic to anything, but I have developed a phobia and have become allergic to nuts for the past two weeks. I am afraid to eat nuts, especially peanut butter. I have been eating peanut butter my entire life and all the nuts without any problems. However, now I have a fear of d...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Did you have any allergic reaction after eating peanut butter or nuts ever? If the answer is no, this is a completely irrational fear, and I do not know from where you have picked such a thought. So do not worry and continue to eat peanut butter like before. However, ...  Read Full »

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