Food Allergy or Mystery?

Patient : When I eat pecans my mouth numbs and my throat scratches or feels tight. I gave them up years ago. However, I have ate foods which create same symptoms and when I ask what is in it- there is usually pecan crust, or infused in pecans, etc. I thought I was obviously allergic to Pecans. My allergist did a Pecan skin test and it came out negative. So if I am not allergic to pecans, why does my mouth and throat react that way? I had a good scare last week where I even had difficulty breathing- my chest got really tight. .I found out the wrap had pecan crusted chicken- all it took was one bite.
Symptoms:  Mouth tinging, numbing, throat closing, or scratchiness,
Doctor :   Hello Thanks for using "Ask The Doctor" for posting your query. The allergy tests are not very sensitive or specific . You have a good evidence by your experience that you are allergic to pecans and you should judiciously avoid it. Don't go by the results of allergy testing. Hope this helps, Wish you a good health.

Related Q&A

Q: I was in vacation and 4 days into the trip I developed a itchy feeling all over my body. I have no bite marks however...

Q: I got a test ige immunoglobulin serum test . The value cams 520 ? What does this mean . I am a 30 years old mum .

Q: My friend took alegra and tussin and speed and now he says he is having a hard time breathing and stayingawake

Q: Hello, I had my nose pierced about 4 weeks ago. I thought I was starting to get an infection but it turned out to be...

Q: I really want a cat but suffer with allergies. Is there any way I can live with one and control the allergy

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews