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Allergic Reaction

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A food allergy results in the bodies immune system attacking an item of food that it mistakes for an invader. Symptoms vary from person to person, but often result in tingling around the lips and on the tongue, swelling in the mouth and nose, trouble breathing and nausea. In severe cases this can lead to anaphylaxis, where the bodies pulse rate increases, breathing becomes more difficult and nausea and diarrhoea can be accompanied by unconsciousness. The most common allergens are peanuts, shell fish and celery but any food can result in an allergy. These allergies are linked closely with chronic conditions such as asthma, eczema and hay fever. The allergen can often be discovered using a skin prick test at your local GP surgery, introducing a small amount of the allergen to the body. Though food allergies are not curable, eliminating the food from ones diet should prevent symptoms from developing and an adrenaline injector pen can be carried for use in emergencies.

If you would like to find out more about allergies that affect kids, read our food intolerance and allergy guides especially for parents.

Watch our video showing how 3 year old Charlie and his parents cope with Charlie’s egg allergy.

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I am trying to ascertain what I am allergic to which is causing a rash on my neck. I understand on a programme which was shown on Tues evening that one participant was allergic to blue dye and cement. I'd really like to know where this allergy test was carried out so that I can contact the organisation.





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Hello, I am a in my 20s and for some reason whenever I come home my eye lids start to swell and I get rashes on my face. We have changed the bedding and my mum has never changed the washing powder. I have heard it's an allergic reaction but could it be to do with anything internal? Perhaps my hormones or feeling down? If you have any comments let me know. And before you comment I use the same makeup products all year round with no reaction.





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Hello Pixi, my name is OLASSIE, i was diagnosed with Asthma since i was born, I have been suffering with heavy Period from a very young age, i am suffering with irritirable bowl syndrome, Hayfever, i always have a bad cold and these conditions keeps making life really difficult for me and i have Five young children who need my help 24/7 a day but because of these different conditions i am facing every month life is very hard for myself, children because i am not able to do with them things a mother would like to on a regular basis. I really need help from yourself and team please it would make a big difference to my family.





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I have suffered for a few weeks now with itchy skin, hive like wheals (but don't look like hives), small red flecks on skin etc after an allergic reaction four weeks ago. Is this normal to still have symptoms??





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I have had for about the past 2 years be developing dark/darker lines (very similar to a black eye) beneath my eyes. I have been informed it may be due to some sort of allergic reaction. After an allergy blood test the results showed 'no abnormalities' I was prescribed tablets and nasal sprays of which I have been using for the past 18 months, with no change. Along with this symptoms I am having increased trouble breathing and have been single nostril breathing for at least 18 months. Can you help? Diagnose this problem? Offer a solution? Anything?





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My partner suffered a bad reaction to antibiotic, vomiting, hard to breath and very clamey its wearing off now but would like to know if there is anything he should do?





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Hi I'm after some help please, I had my son at the age of 17 and was never allergic to anything till my son was born and then I became allergic to water, fruit and vegetables. When ever I go for a shower bath etc.. my body comes out in hives and there big and really really itchy and it feels like it's burning my skin. I've been on so man different antihistamines and steroids,uv lighting etc.. I need help as I've had my 2nd son and seems to have gotten worse. Thanks for reading.





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I am writing to you in regards to my 19 year old daughter Jessica who suffers from allergies and asthma. During her early age she was allergy tested and treated, however the allergy reactions she has now are more severe and to deferent things what we are not aware of. Furthermore her last allergic reaction was yesterday at work and it was so bad that ambulance was called and later she was taken to hospital. The symptoms she had: swollen eyes, swollen and numb fingers, swollen tongue, breathing problems and very fast heartbeat. I am not a doctor but I have a suspicion that it might be reaction to something chemical such as shampoo. The reason why I am suspecting this is: recently straight after shower she has puffy itchy, watery eyes. Yesterday before the shower she took claratine tablet and all was fine until 4 hours later. In relation to that, about 2 years ago she was hospitalised after a Spa treatment….. We were always aware of her allergies to dust, grass, pollen, cuts, dogs, horses, duck furthers but not food or chemicals.She also suffers from heat rash. I would be very grateful if you could direct me to a clinic in London to check the specification of her allergies and what would be the cost? Kind regards Monika





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My upper & lower lip swollen ,went to doc ,he says its thrush ! Can't eat anything or drink anything hot,worried ,first time expieriencing this.Tongue is sensitive & jaw is saw today !





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My baby is two years old,and he suddenly broke out with red patches throughout his body.The patches are slightly lumpy. He did not eat or drink anything out of the ordinary,he is also currently on breast milk.He has no fever or any signs of any sicknesses. On day 1,it started slighty on the face and stomach and back.On day 2 it spread to his legs,now it has covered his whole body,but his face has cleared. Please help. Kind Regards





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