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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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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 :)

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

I would like to dye my grey hair but am allergic to hair dye what can you suggest I can use or do.





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Doctor in my Country Panama have not found what i got. Every time I smell certain odors like toothpaste, meant or others I fallow to sleep in seconds and I wake up in 10 to 40 minutes, every day.





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Hello I'm 14 years old and I keep having episodes where my lips,just my lips,swell up enormously at a very fast pace.Seriously,I'm all normal then BAM my lips are 5 x their normal size.Its happened 7 times over a period of 6 months-and I don't know what's causing it!The last attack happened in the middle of class about 3 weeks ago and I'm being bullied because of it. I just want to know how to stop it :( Please help? Thank you so very much :)





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I have a condition called lichen sclerosis. This affects my vulva. I have also recently been diagnosed as allergic to linalool. I am finding this difficult to cope with as it seems to be in lots of things. Can you suggest anyone who could help me with products I can use and a diet I can follow please. Regards June





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Hi I'm Kate 32 years. Every morning I experience swollen red dry and very itchy skin above both eyes. I tried various of anti allergy pills. This is going on for couple of weeks and eyelids skin look like on 100 years old woman now. Can this be food allergy ? Please advise me. Thank you.





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Hi Kate :) Have you ever heard of eyelash mites?You should look it up.The are mites that live on the eyelash,and are dormant during the day,where they bury in the follicle,and at night the come out to 'reproduce',and so the-'victim',let's say- the 'victim's' eyes can be sore/dry/itchy in the morning.Another symptom is dry skin and swelling around the eyes/eyelids.Also if your you've been losing eyelashes regularly or their particularly brittle,that's another sign.Although it be an allergic reaction to a make-up product? I'd advise looking it up and if you have the symptoms and they persist for any longer,consult your doctor-They have a treatment for getting rid of the mites,kind of like the stuff for getting rid of headlice ,I suppose though Iv never had eyelash mites :/ Anyhoo I hope this helped you ,Kate ;)

I have a allergic reaction to my face were I have dyed my beard what can I put on my face for the swelling to go down?





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