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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Whether chocolate is dangerous to patients with egg allergy? Kindly help

Query: Hello doctor, I wanted to know whether chocolate is dangerous to patients with egg allergies? I bought homemade chocolates from a hill station. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Generally, pure chocolates would not contain eggs. It is better to ask the manufacturer whether they have added eggs while making it. Many times they add egg yolk, but pure chocolates should not trigger an allergy in ...  Read Full »

My 13-year-old daughter has an allergy to seasonal fruits, will taking one antihistamine everyday help?

Query: Hello doctor,My 13-year-old daughter has had seasonal allergies since the age of eight. Two years ago, she had a mild allergic reaction after eating raw apples, which we were told was oral allergy syndrome. She has recently had mild reactions to cherries, oranges, and snap peas. A few days ago, she ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you describe the symptoms of allergy in detail and also the severity? Does she have a breathing difficulty, puffiness of the face, swelling over the body, or a gastric discomfort like flatulence? Did she get any blood test done before like IgE or any antibody test...  Read Full »

Why do I develop rashes after eating chicken, and can you please help me interpret the reports?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old female, and I have been getting severe itching at nights mostly. I have got my allergy report, but I am unable to understand it. If I eat chicken or anything that sort,  my skin starts getting bumps and itchy at night. And if I scratch a little, these bumps break a...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your concern and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems you have developed acute urticaria. The cause of acute urticaria are many, but the most common are food, drugs, infection, or worm infestation. Your allergy...  Read Full »

Can Food Allergies Cause Palpitations? Taking Concor 5 For Heart Palpitations.

Query: Hello doctor, I had my first heart palpitations two years ago. One doctor prescribed me Ciplar LA 20 and Ecospirin 75 for three months. The doctor also suggested Dilzem or Flecarite on SOS basis. I got palpitation even after having the above medicines. Dilzem worked on as needed basis but since it w...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and intermittent ectopic. Food allergies will not cause this problem but if you take spicy food, have lack of sleep, mental or physical stress can aggravate the problem. Usually, these medicines have no or littl...  Read Full »

I got a positive IgE RAST test after a negative IgE tested a year ago. What might be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, My test report was negative in the IgE test a year ago. Now I got a positive IgE RAST for gluten, eggs, peanut butter, and milk. What might be the cause? I have struggled with sinus issues all my life, and currently, I am taking Singular when needed and Benadryl. I was referred to an E...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) testing to allergens is not as accurate as skin prick allergy testing. It is possible to have a negative result in one and a positive in another. The factors affecting the result could be the test itself or the reagents and the lab. I s...  Read Full »

How to overcome intolerance to sugar and lactose?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 71 year old male, and I am allergic to sugar and eating preparations containing sugar. If I consume sugary substances, I develop internal bleeding in the intestinal tract I presume. But I can tolerate fruits; they cause no problem. I am having this problem for the last 15 years. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed your health query and can understand well that you are worried about your health due to sugar intolerance. Unfortunately, this is where you cannot do much to cure completely. Only thing we can do is to avoid direct intake of sugar. Now you are also intoler...  Read Full »

Why is hives caused when consuming certain foods?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 29-year-old male. I am suffering from a food allergy. I consulted a dermatologist two months back, and he prescribed Fexofenadine, Levocetirizine, with Montelukast Sodium tablets. He advised me not to take tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and lemon. The medications are over. Still, I fin...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have an allergy to certain foods, you must be getting hives when you consume them. You might get hives within an hour of consuming those foods mentioned above. Are you getting hives when you take these foods? If yes, then you have to avoid them in the future comp...  Read Full »

How to cure allergic rhinitis occurring for more than five years?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23 year old male, suffering from allergy for past 6 years. I am facing this problem more in winter. Early morning, I will get 10 sneezes continuously. If I take cold foods, I will have running nose throughout the day and severe sneezing. Also I have itching and watering of eyes. C...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to My diagnosis of your condition based on the information you have provided is allergic rhinitis. However, to confirm the same I want you to do two investigations namely serum IgE and absolute eosinophil count. Both are blood investigations. Allergy is not curable, how...  Read Full »

Can infestation of larvae cause chronic loose bowel movements?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter remains sick for nine months. She has chronic loose bowel movements eight times a day. She has an acne-type rash intermittently across her forehead. She grinds her teeth at night and eats sugar and salt frequently. She never feels full. She has fatigue, headaches, and shooting ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I do not think that it is a simple worm infestation because taking a single dose of Mebendazole can kill round and hookworms. But tapeworms are slightly resistant to this anti-parasitic agent. To take Mebendazole or Albendazole again, it is necessary to have evidenc...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get the COVID vaccine when there is pompholyx eczema?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 20 years old. She has chronic urticaria for more than five years. She is suffering from eczema (pompholyx) in the palm and sole for four years. She has Intense and prolonged itching in the vesicles of pompholyx in the palm and sole with occasional pain disturbing sleep and...  Read Full »

Dr. Jebin Abraham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pompholyx is a recurring illness for which exact etiology is not known. However, I wish to know the following things: 1) What is her latest TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level? 2) Does she have any food allergies? 3) Does she have any drug allergies? Please ans...  Read Full »

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