Questions come up from time to time from people who believe they may have an alcohol allergy. So I thought it might be helpful to provide an overview of alcohol allergies -- what they are, how to know if you might have one, and how to deal with them.
Let's face it -- if you overindulge in alcohol, whether it's all the time or just every now and then -- you're probably going to feel sick the next day. Pounding headache, nausea and shakiness are the classic symptoms of a hangover.
But some people feel sick after drinking even small amounts of alcohol, and although it's slightly possible they are just overly sensitive to the intoxicating effects of the alcohol, it might be that they are actually overly sensitive to ingredients found in the alcohol.
In reality, this is more of a food intolerance than a food allergy. Still, it can be a bother to deal with.
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Hi, I hope everyone is having a good spring. Last time I wrote about being tested for allergies. This time I will discuss a common question that I receive-treating allergies with allergy shots.
Allergy shots are typically given to patients whose allergies are not controlled by prescription medications for allergies. We usually like to try prescription medication first as allergy shots can be dangerous and require a lot of work for patients. In order to receive allergy shots, you must first see your allergist who will determine to what you are allergic (see last blog for methods). Allergy shots are basically injecting into your arm small doses of to what you are allergic. When starting allergy shots, we start by injecting the smallest dose and then the goal is to give larger doses with each shot until you get to a “maintenance” dose. The idea is that your body will become tolerant to the allergen and can be exposed to larger amoun...
Food labels can help you compare the nutrient content of similar foods, as well as see how the food fits into your dietary eating habits. Food labels can help you understand the relationship between certain nutrients and diseases. And now, food labels are supposed to be much better at warning people who have food allergies about ingredients that may be dangerous to them. As of January 2006, food manufacturers must disclose in plain language whether products contain any of the top eight food allergens: • Milk • Eggs • Peanuts • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts) • Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder) • Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp) • Soy • Wheat Congress passed this law, called the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Ac...
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