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Allergic Reaction

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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Hi, last December I had my upper lip threaded for the first time. It immediately made my lip swell up and for the past 7 months it has never gone down. I also broke out with folliculitis which i have been on medication for for a while and it eventually went away. But my lip remains swollen. It hurts as it sometimes feels hot and tingles and sometimes it's more puffy than other times. I have had blood tests where everything is normal. I have had antihistamines which had no effect so is not an allergic reaction to anything. I couldn't still be reacting to something I came into contact with over 7 months ago. I have even tried changing washing powder etc to no avail. I have undergone more blood tests when I was referred but so far I have come no closer to finding out what is wrong with me. My life over the past 7 months has been absolute hell. The problem is i am desperate to remove the hair from my lip. It is ruining my confidence and makes me want to hide at home. I would like to do laser hair removal but would like to know it is safe with my lip being the way it is. The thing is I am coming no closer to finding out what it wrong with me so i don't know if I dare risk it. The waiting the lists to find out what is wrong with me are ridiculously long and it would be months before I see anyone. In the meantime I am really struggling to cope with this.I am tempted to go ahead with the laser hair removal as I am desperate to get my life back. If this isn't possible I have a problem as I don't even know if my lip could take waxing or threading again with the way it is. At the moment plucking loads of hairs is making it worse as a lot of them break making them coarser and it is changing the direction of the hairs. If anyone can offer any advice that would be greatly appreciated. I am desperate here. Thanks





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ive recently (about 6 days ago) come out in a rash, its like tiny white bumps all over my face everywhere. it feels terrible to touch and I don't know what could have casued it. ive looked at allergic reaction images, but non compare to my rash as the rash is so small but spreading all over my face. it has now reached my arm in the crease where I bend it. and is all over my face & neck. its very itchy. I was wondering if you could please help me





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I was wondering if you have any help or advice. Myself, my mother and two of my children have sever food allergies, my mother and son are that bad that they suffer from anaphylaxis and have to carry epi-pens, my son also takes 50mg of Ucerax a day. The main ones that we are certain of are all kinds of fruit and fruit sugars. My mother and son are also allergic to other things but we are unsure of what these are. Both my mother and son have seen a specialist without much success as blood tests have provided no answers. They have also told us that it is not hereditary, but I am finding this very hard to believe as it is affecting 3 generations of the same family. I am just wondering if there is anymore test we can have done?? Many thanks





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Can you please help !! . I have had seven allergic reactions that have gone into full blown anaphalactic shock, These are from things like moisturizer, nail varnish remover coatings on tablets and sun screen even a hypo allergenic one . I have seen an allergy consultant but she said as it was chemicals i was allergic to, there was no way of testing for which ones. Can you offer me any help/advice please?? One of reactions was so severe i nearly had to have emergency surgery. I am finding it really difficult with so many products containing a wide variety of chemicals . HELP !!!





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I have been diagnosed with dermographism but I have problems with solvents and adhesives. I feel faint, sick, my heart rate races and my sinuses block up. My last attack happened when I was near the chemical for only a few minutes I had to go home and rest but it felt like I had the flu and took nearly 3 days to recover. Is this classified as an allergic reaction. I already take antihistamines, what else can I do.





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I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia 15 years ago. It is getting worse , I also had sinus surgery 2 years ago but I now think diagnosis is wrong as since cutting out dairy and wheat/carbs I have been feeling better . If I eat bread , potatoes , pasta or dairy my nose starts dripping and sinuses play up , I get migraine and the usual aches and pains , the fatigue is unbelievable and I have balance problems and brain fog I have told GP this on numerous occasions . Celiac test came back clear but he wont test me for food allergies. I am at my wits end feeling like this and just want a normal life back ...





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Hi I am in a similar situation and also have chronic fatigue (had a mitochondrial profile done and have dysfunctional mitochondria, producing low amounts of ATP ). I too felt slightly better when I cut out starchy, carby foods. However in my case this was due to also having a Candida overgrowth (natural occurring yeast in your stomach), so it might be worth your while getting tested for this. (simple blood test) The candida produces rhizoids (long root like structures) which can create microscopic holes in your intestinal tract, therefore allowing undigested food straight into your bloodstream. Also the Candida feed on starchy foods. This may be an explanation of why you are having difficulty with certain types of food.Its symptoms include severe fatigue, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and can include problems with synases. In my case also I had intolerances to wheat and dairy. Best of luck getting to the bottom of this and hope you feel better soon!

Please help , My son has Angio Odema and is currently taking prednisolone 5mg 6xa day and loratine 10mg 3x a day lips has gone down but getting really bad side effects from mefication ,we dont know what to do cause as soon as he comes off predniolone his lips swell up again doctor/consultant are not very helpful and my son isosing so much time from his studies . I dont know how how much more he or we can take Please Help





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Hi,every time i lean over, liquid pours out of my nose. I don't have any allergies and am beginning to feel worried about it can you help?





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I accidentally stood on a bee that was dead on the ground,I was bare foot. About 5 minutes after it felt like pins and needle in my door but after about 20 minutes it went and I felt fine. Not it's been about 3 hours and I feel sick and tired,so I had a shower and felt really itchy and I have quite a lot of itchy spots on my legs,chest,stomach and arms. My lips feel dry too and I've been drinking quite regular as I feel really thirsty a lot but still have dry lips and still feel thirsty. Am I having an allergic reaction to the bee? My brother is allergic to bee's too. As well,earlier today I went swimming and after I stood on the bee,I've been swimming a lot before so I can't be the chlorine can it?





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Hello, my son is 18 and has been suffering for the last couple of years with a terrible rash over his torso. It seemed to be worse after a shower or exercise, leading us to think it was a water allergy but for the last month or so seems to be getting worse still, the rash is now on his arms too. The doctor prescribed antihistamine but this does not seem to have helped at all. I would like to get him an allergy test, do you think this would be the best idea?





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Have a look at www.allergymedicaluk.com for advice on the options open to your son and details of how to book an appointment

Thanks, the doctor gave him some antiviral tablets and they seem to have cleared it up, fingers crossed!! Really appreciate your advice though :)

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