Let's start posting ... this is going to be a fabulous community to get, give, share advice and help so many members as they deal with food allergies and all the questions, concerns and support that is needed along the way!
We can compile resources for the Health Pages, help with understanding tests, and answer questions such as "What is the difference between an intolerance and allergy?" or "What's the difference between Skin and Blood Tests?". Reading FDA labels, etc., etc. There will be lots of questions and members we can help.
Do don't be bashful .. I posted the first post ... LOL!!!
DD life threateningly allergic to Plums, Nuts, & Latex
Carries Epi Pen and Benadryl with her all the time
My allergic reactions are Shellfish, strawberries, kiwi, latex and when I was a child, I had a bad reaction to peaches. So I stay away from all of that. When ever I go to surgery, I must be in a latex free operating room. So that means that I have to be in surgery at 6;00 AM because no body else can use that O.R. until I am done, because no latex is allowed, so they make me have my surgery before anyone else. This way they don't have to tie up that room for the whole day. Plus one time my dentist forgot to use latex free gloves, and I paid the price. Some times I forget that I have the allergy to latex and things aren't too pretty for me. I'm just upset that I can't eat lobster or have those chocolate covered strawberries that everyone enjoys on valentines day.. But I look at it this way, If I were allowed to eat them, I would gain even more weight.
I have a shellfish allergy (it makes me itchy like crazy) and many years ago I had allergy testing done and there were other things but the darn doctor talked so fast and gave me nothing written that I never got it all. I take a 24 hr. allergy pill each morning (I am also allergic to mold, dust, trees, grass, etc.) but must take a Benadryl each night in order to sleep because I am so itchy, even when cutting out the shellfish. I need to find out what else is bothering me.
My husband has been suffering from pain and bloating in his abdomen and I think he has a wheat allergy and that some other carbs bother him. When he just eats meat and some vegetables his stomach goes right down and he feels better but then he eats something bad again.
We are both unemployed right now but once we are back working I am hoping to get both of us to a Naturopath for some testing.
Enzymes, enzymes, enzymes! Taking digestive enzymes, especially with DPP-IV enzyme added is THE answer for many food problems. Migraines from dairy and wheat allergies can disappear, as well as bloating and other symptoms. Some people don't have enough DPP-IV enzyme in their digestive tract, because of illness, genetics, etc.
Luckily, I don't think I'm allergic to anything, but enzymes have helped my kids a lot.
SPOAKmom- sorry I never answered you, we have a power outage and are going on generator so my time on here is very limited..lol
My reaction is that it dries my skin out so much that it cracks opens and bleeds and then around the initial place of where the soap was (my hands for instance) looks like I stuck them in acid and the skin peels. I swell up like a balloon along with hives all over my body. The doctor seems to think that it gets in my blood and causes a bad bad reaction! He told me to make sure I mention this at all hospitals because they sometimes use liquid ivory soap. Not sure what the deal is really.
Yeah.... can't touch that stuff!
I'm allergic to soy which is in almost everything you eat, lots of cosmetics, cleaning products, newsprint and on and on.... I've had reactions ranging from itching to mouth sores to anaphalaxis. I carry an epi-pen and benedryl everywhere. I also have allergic-type reactions to some chemicals; mostly things that are artificially scented or material treated with polyuerthane. I have a few other allergies....mold, trees....that are not too bothersome.
Singulair controls my symptoms pretty well most of the time.
Trudie...check your supplements (glucosomine contains shellfish), cosmetics, etc. for hidden sources.
How are you with formeldahyde? Cigarette smoke is a huge trigger for my daughter, too, bcz of the formeldahyde released most likely. Migraine within minutes for that and certain chemicals in fragrances such as Shalimar if worn by somebody near her. She had to ask a classmate once to pls. apply her fragrance after homeroom, and luckily the student was obliging bcz my dd started off every AM after homeroom with a wicked headache that disappeared when the perfume disappeared!
My daughter gets a sunburn rash from formeldayhyde additives when it is in certain material as an additive to promote "stiffness" .. it is awful but after a few washings it goes away but in the meantime she has to take 75mgs of Benadryl to find relieve and no labeling is necessary on the garment!!!!! Our allergist said inexpensive materials get this as an additive to make them seem like a finer cloth!
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