"With a peanut or tree nut allergy, even a tiny amount ingested or inhaled could cause an allergic reaction. Some of the places you find nuts, like nut butters and nut breads, are not surprising. Others -- like sauces and gravies -- may be."
The article above has a helpful list of common foods and ingredients that may contain nuts, as well as some tips for avoiding nuts, such as being aware of cross contamination and checking labels each time you purchase a product, that could also apply to other food allergies.
Do you have a nut or other food allergy? What tips do you have for avoiding your allergen? Have you found any surprising foods not listed that contain nuts?View Thread
" Hand washing dishes instead of using a machine to wash dishes may reduce children's risk of developing allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema, according to a new study.
These findings are the latest to lend support to the "hygiene hypothesis." This theory suggests that early exposure to many different microbes may keep the immune system working properly. If the immune system is working well, the theory is that it won't mistakenly go after harmless substances as happens in allergies.
Children also tended to be less likely to have an allergic disease of any kind overall if they ate fermented foods or vegetables -- such as sauerkraut or fermented cucumber -- at least once a month, or food from a local farm, the researchers found."
Read more about the study's results in the link above.
Were you able to get to the doctor? I hope that you are feeling better. If you are still dealing with excess mucus, this article about the truth about mucus may help. It has some suggestion on how to get rid of mucus including using decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal irrigation.View Thread
This slideshow on taking on eye allergies has a lot of information on avoiding triggers as well as treatments, including eye drops and oral antihistamines and the pros and cons of each. Hope it helps!View Thread
It's possible that you are allergic to a new food that you have begun eating. You could try to stop eating that food for some time and see if the itching stops. Have you changed anything else in your life lately -- laundry detergents, soaps, etc? Or have you come into contact with any unusual plants? To get a definitive answer as to what is causing this reaction, you should see your doctor or an allergist for testing. He/She will hopefully be able to give you a diagnosis and treatment options to stop the itching. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
Do you have an idea of what is causing your hives? Have you seen your doctor after your ER trip to determine what is causing your symptoms if you don't already have an idea? This information on hives may give you more idea about what kind you are experiencing and the best way to treat them (plus there is a section on when it may be time to speak with your doctor right away). Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
Have you seen a doctor or dermatologist about your itching? He/She would be best able to diagnose what is going on and how to treat it. There are many different things that could be causing your itching. This article explains possible causes and treatment options to try. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
Carpets are mentioned in a number of articles on allergies. This article about housecleaning tips to ease allergies suggests vacuuming at least once or twice a week and making sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. It also says that "rugs and carpets can trap allergens. Having vinyl, tile, or hardwood floors reduces your exposure to triggers. Get smaller, washable rugs that you can toss into the laundry." You may want to speak with your allergy specialist to determine if replacing the carpeting in your home will help. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread