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I am allergic to some type of food/ingredient but the doc has yet to pinpoint what it is...I have been tested for over 60 different foods and all came back negative...I break out into bad hives which at times causes my asthma to flare up! Going back to the doc in 3 weeks to discuss further...So we will see!!



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My son is allergic to peanuts. He's 17 yrs. old and has always been allergic. His last reaction was when he was 4 yrs. old when he accidentally was touched with a peanut butter sandwich. He developed hives.

I cannot drink plain milk on an empty stomach. I must eat something when I have a glass of plain milk. I know several people that can't drink white milk at all, but can drink chocolate milk with no problems.



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Anything moldy. Not severe, but peanut butter and yogurt is consumed with a side dish of Cetirizine. :)



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Thanks, everyone, for sharing. Very interesting and informative.
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CHARLOTTE1947: You may have hit the proverbial nail on the head about the baby carrots. I did some detective/research work.

(1) The last 5-6 times I went walking, I would cough, sneeze, get a runny nose initially when I started eating the baby carrots, which I had not washed off/rinsed -- but just ate right out of the plastic bag.
(2) About 50-60% of the time, I would get the same symptoms while eating the baby carrots playing on the computer or watching TV. Usually, what I do/did is to base whether I washed/rinsed the carrots before eating them based on the expiration date. I usually rinsed them if they were a week or less, and just ate them out of the bag if they were good-to-go for more than a week. I began to wonder if the only time I had the sneezing and coughing was when I did not rinse them off first.
(3) The last 6 times I have dumped a bag of baby carrots into a large bowl, completely filled it with water, and then taking a few between my hands, completely rubbing them vigorously. I do this several times and then dump the water, pour on new water, and do it again. I do it 3 complete times. OK, the upshot: I have eaten baby carrots 6 times in a row without having any allergic reaction.

Note: However, my wife suggested with the change in the weather, the frost and light freezing, etc, that whatever I am allergic to has gone away. Could be, but I think it is because I am thoroughly washing off the carrots. On the other hand, maybe I won't know for certain until this time next year?

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Food allergies are weird.You can randomly develop them, and they can randomly go away. Likewise, you can be allergic to something raw but not cooked and visa versa, it's normal. It's important to not let your food allergy hold you back. I personally cannot have gluten or dairy.It makes it tough-people talk about eating toast or eating greek yogurt, and it's a struggle but I've gotten over it. Sometimes you just have to move on :)



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I don't know it's a food allergy but if I eat apples, I get really bad stomach aches.

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We have many allergies in our family. I have a gluten sensitivity and my DS(13) has multiple food allergies. I recommend that you visit an allergist and be tested. Allergic reactions can increase in severity over time and you may need to carry an epi pen. My DS(13) carries two with him. It has been life saving!



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some people can be allergic to eggs in one form but not another. Some can tolerate tiny amounts, so long as it has been cooked at (I think) 175 F, for at least 15 minutes. That changes the protein structure. My little grandson had life-threatening allergies to many things including eggs. The Allergist has just done a food challenge but the egg had to be cooked in a muffin, with one egg divided amongst 12 muffins.

Cold isn't a really unusual one - I come out really itchy with it, too. My neighbour comes out in welts from the sun (but not sunburn.)

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Hall's methol lyptus makes my tongue burn/blister.

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I am allergic to pork... itchy eyes.. sleepy... chick peas... hives....mangos... exzema....eggs... little sleepy and sneezes...asparagus... hives...



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Not really a allergy but a Sensitivity (tested) to High Frutose Corn Syrup-make me excessivly thirsty or hungry. My doctor told me this is common and read labels. I went to have a diabetes and thyroid test done, tested results normal! Then found this has been my problem!

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I haven't been tested but sometimes strawberries and certain nuts will break my mouth/tongue out. This just started after I got older. :(



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Not exactly an allergy, but I am gluten intolerant, not celiac.


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I have found any type of seafood gives me migraines, so I just avoid seafood. I also can't take Omega supplements for the same reason. My hubby developed an olive oil allergy in college as well. We used to cook with it all the time, then he started with upset stomachs and couldn't figure out why. We finally stopped using olive oil and no problems. Now it's just a pain going out to eat, with everyone using olive oil.



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Within the last 6 months, I have developed an intolerance to eggs. It isn't that big of a deal except that it is a big annoyance because I love eggs. Lucky for me, I only have issues when I eat eggs by themselves and not cooked in something.

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I might be allergic to dairy, every time I eat or drink dairy I get big acne breakouts.



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JENNILACEY: I have a different cold problem from yours, but in some ways it is similar: I have Raynaud's phenomenon or Raynaud's syndrome, I'm not sure which. I probably had it for years, but the first really noticeable attack I had was when I was swimming in some cool water off Cape Cod and felt unbelievably warm. I kept remarking as such to my children and their SO's. An hour or so later, we were in the large dining room of our rental house, and I was playing around on the iPad. Suddenly, both my YD and son said, "Dad, what's wrong?" My fingers had turned bright white. My YD looked up the symptoms on the Net using her Smartphone and determined it was not life and death. They initially wanted to take me to the hospital because my face had also turned somewhat white.

Anyway, it turns out to be a minor nuisance and not a real problem. I, like you, need to dress in layers. I can be out in the cold as long as my hands stay warm. The only other time my Raynaud's kicks in is when I am handling frozen foods or dressing/cleaning something like a turkey that is thawing out. I have had my fingers turn somewhat white, then; but I just run warm water over them, and they turn back to flesh-color quite fast. My heath-wellness doctor suggested I got Raynaud's from all the vibration from my exercise bike, but my regular doctor said it was likely that my history with frost bite probably indicates I have been susceptible to cold for a long time.

CHARLOTTE1947: That seems like good advice. When I go somewhere like a Whole Foods or maybe a Trader Joe's I will try to buy some organic carrots. One thing I am doing now is thoroughly washing off the entire bag of baby carrots in a large bowl, repeating the process 2-3 times, and then dumping out all the water from the last time.

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It may be the preservatives in the baby carrots that you're reacting to. Read the package label. Is anything in there that's not carrots? Try eating a peeled whole organic carrot, or part of one if your throat is getting tight. See if that causes your symptoms.

I'm allergic to wheat, corn, milk, soy and onions. I've had food allergies since age 4, so I've had a lot of time to get used to the idea. Since I cook mostly from scratch, I avoid my triggers. Last night I made cornbread for my dh and a quinoa salad for me. I'm probably the only person you'll ever meet who doesn't like ice cream - makes me SO sick!

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I have an intolerance to dairy. I drank nothing but milk growing up as a kid and it never bothered me. When I hit my early 20's, almost overnight, I could no longer tolerate any dairy aside from yogurt. I'd get severe gastrointenstinal issues that would put me on the couch for the next few hours. No cheese, no foods with milk ingredients and certainly no plain milk. I'd sometimes take a lactose pill that helped.

When I became pregnant with my son, it completely disappeared and I could even stomach milk on my cereal. Post-partum, it was back but it was just plain milk that bothered me. I could eat cheese and products with milk ingredients again. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I thought, great I can have milk on my cereal again! Wrong! It destroyed me.

Now, it's just plain cow's milk in large amounts that gives me symptoms. I can still cook with it but generally avoid it in place of almond milk. Cheese and other dairy doesn't bother me at all.

Another allergy I have is not food-related but is worth mentioning because it is a weird one. I'm allergic to the cold. I used to horseback ride as a teen and in the winter I'd break out in seriously itchy hives on all my joints when I rode. They were a mild nuisance unless I scratched them and then they'd spread everywhere. I thought I had become allergic to the hay/straw or horse hair. Turns out I have cold urticaria. I still have it but it's not as severe as it once was. I usually get them on my bottom now (probably because my butt is always so cold) which can be quite embarrassing to have an itchy butt. I feel like a bear trying to discreetly scratch up on various surfaces. :S It's darn hard to resist the urge to wriggle about in my seat to get relief! I mostly just try to wear a lot of layers in the winter.

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It is very possible to be allergic to only one food. My husband is also allergic to just that one, raw carrots! It is his only food allergy (that we know of) but he also has seasonal allergies to several pollens. He can tolerate raw carrots during fall and winter, the reaction is the most prominent during pollen season (cross-reaction).

I discovered I am allergic to pineapple, oranges and milk, as well as grass pollen. I may also be allergic to fungi-spores, as I have been having a bad time spending time outside lately, so I am getting tested for that next appointment.

I second the idea of talking to your doctor. Blood-work and skin-prick testing will usually (but not always) help determine if you have an allergy or not.

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Yes, I am allergic to Kiwi fruit




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I seem to be more and more sensitive to chemicals such as MSG (think Chinese Food restaurants).

Hubby developed a later-life allergy to white fish, which is entirely disappointing, as that used to be one of the mainstays in our menu.

He also is lactose intolerant. My way of cooking when we met had to make major adjustments.



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I am allergic to oats. I absolutely cannot eat them raw, cooked, or as an ingredient in things. If I get some, I feel like I have a bad cold for a couple days and my eyes get all sticky. And I love oats but, it's just not worth feeling like garbage for days.





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MARSHMALLPW: Thanks. Yes, I read several places about the "oral allergy syndrome." I had run across the possible "birch" connection, but had either missed or forgotten the "mugwort" aspect. I'm trying to think if I find myself sneezing, coughing, or having a runny nose during or just after eating certain other foods. I can not think of any such instances. I do occasionally find myself sneezing down in my basement "gym," but that is probably connected to dust mites, dust, and the fact that it doesn't get aired out in general. In those cases, the sneezing is not generally accompanied by a runny nose.

I hope I can hold off having to go to an allergist, and I tend to avoid taking medications unless absolutely necessary. If it came down to being able to eat raw carrots but having to take drugs, I would opt not to eat them. Thanks for the advice, though.

Again, thanks for your input. I shall be interested the next few days to see if the reaction to my eating raw baby carrots is consistent. My wife is still of the opinion it is more coincidental than an allergic reaction. I find it rather odd that I have had the sneezing and runny nose the last 3 times eating the carrots and not when eating any other raw fruit or vegetables.

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Look up "oral allergy syndrome". This sounds to be a similar case, as there is a problem with the raw food but much less so when cooked.

Skin testing with an allergist may not be a bad idea. OAS with carrots is usually related to mugwort and birch pollen allergies--you may have issues with more foods but just don't knowit at this point.

Usually taking a drug like Claritin or Zyrtec handles the symptoms and will allow you to resume eating the trigger food.



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HEWSLER: My favorite snack vegetable is baby carrots; my favorite snack fruit is apples. If I had an allergy to eating apples, that would be depressing. But, as with you, I would just find a way around it. I am still hoping that I don't have an allergy to eating carrots, at least not a serious one.

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I developed an allergy to apples. It got worse over time and now I can't even eat them cooked. It's a shame... they used to be my favorite food. I used to eat at least 2 apples each day for my snacks. I still have cravings.



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Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I am going to use myself for a guinea pig for the next couple of days. If I induce sneezing and/or coughing each of the next few times, then I will probably drop raw carrots off my list. I will still eat cooked carrots in soups and stir-fries, etc. And if I end up choking to death, my one regret will be that it was not on lobster or baby back ribs or beef rib steaks -- but on measly carrots? Pshaw!

Thinking of strange allergies, I remember now that my health-wellness doctor has a unique, but not uncommon, allergy to mollusks (mussels, oysters, scallops) but NOT to crustaceans (lobsters, crayfish, crabs).



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Pineapples, Kiwifruit and Strawberries are VERY common allergens.

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I had a reaction to eating fresh pineapple- intense pain and swelling in my mouth. It took more than a day for everything to return to normal. I did not eat a huge amount and I did not always have this reaction.
I like pineapple but it is not worth it so I just avoid eating it. It isn't really a big deal to me to not eat pineapple as there are so many other foods I enjoy.
I don't have other food allergies/sensitivities that I am aware of.



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You can be allergic to anything - I even have a problem with water on my skin - I get itchy - and it doesn't matter if it is sea water, rain water or town supply/treated water. I have allergies and intolerances to other things too, and my little grandson very serious ones to even more.

It also isn't uncommon to become allergic to things later in life.

If you are concerned, you could ask your Dr for allergy tests. They can do specific ones with skin pricks and put some cooked carrot on one skin prick, and raw carrot on another, as well as anything else that you THINK could affect you.

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I went to a naturopathic/holistic doc for allergy tests. I was having skin problems and head aches. Wheat gluten was the culprit. I eliminated flour products from my diet. Problem solved. :)



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I've been trying to ignore, deny it, and accept it: I apparently am allergic to raw carrots. Starting a few months ago, it use to be about 25-33% of the time, while eating a package of baby carrots, I might start sneezing, my nose would water a bit, and I might cough slightly. The last several times, however, that I have eaten a bag (I usually eat 16-oz for a snack), I have had to sneeze and got a runny nose EVERY time. That in itself does not bother me since the sneezes go away, as does the runny nose, fairly quickly.

But a couple of times lately I also momentarily had trouble breathing for a bit. I figured it was because I had not chewed the carrots well and had a chunk not go down correctly. But, apparently, difficulty breathing can be a symptom of carrot allergy, also. The reason this allergy strikes me as being odd is that I am NOT allergic to anything else, such as peanuts, almonds, celery, tomatoes, apples, etc.

I think it seems quite odd that I am only allergic to one thing. Yes, I thoroughly rinse and wash the baby carrots before eating them. Anyway, I am not allergic to cooked carrots, but I much prefer eating raw ones. My wife doesn't think it is possible to be allergic to carrots. The last 3 times I have eaten them while playing on the computer, I have been sneezing; but somehow she doesn't seem to hear me, although she is only a hallway away.

How about you? Do you have any foods you are allergic to? How do you cope with that? Is it a minor nuisance or a serious problem?

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