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Sunday, May 13, 2012

I'm finding a few interesting links on allergies. Putting them here for my own reference, but some of you dealing with similar problems might find them interesting, and I would love discussing them - and your personal experiences, any time.

The allergic response engages the body’s inflammatory cascade, and that’s one reason it has such serious health effects. Allergic reactions are recognized as one of the most important causes of illness and disease in America. This article goes on to tell about different allergic responses in the body, other than just IgE

Oral allergy syndrome or OAS is a type of food allergy classified by a cluster of allergic reactions in the mouth in response to eating certain (usually fresh) fruits, nuts, and vegetables that typically develops in adult hay fever sufferers.

Not sure how this applies to me, yet. I have oral allergies but they extend to the esophagus and stomach. Interesting though...

Relationships between foods and various pollens in allergy syndromes. Food intolerance diagnosis.

Some more explanation of extension of oral allergy syndrome.

Other food reactions, including psudoallergies, salicylate intolerances.

Strawberries are in this list. Ditto artificial food colorings and flavorings - and herbs. Oy! Health and beauty products, which do cause problems. I have a lot of difficulty with some fragrances and with some shampoos. Also cleaning supplies. Lots of them.

I do have mold allergies. I still am wondering if the peanut butter reaction was to some mold in the nuts. There were problems with this last year and a lot of products were pulled. I wonder if that is the problem for me, since I know I ate some not that long ago without a reaction. I will wait quite a while before I try them again, though.
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    I think I know why you had a problem with peanut butter, the wikipedia article says that peanut butter can cause a possible cross reaction to any of the allergens listed. So it should be seasonal. I have OAS and can eat peanut butter any other time of the year! But right now it kills my mouth. One thing I found that can help is licorice....Panda makes a pretty natural one. You can also buy it as a medicine but there are some health conditions (like high blood pressure), this article covers it

    Good luck!
    2377 days ago
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    Thank you Sue for providing us an easy way to check out these articles on allergies. My oldest and youngest son both have allergies. My oldest son has been tested several times for food and other allergies. It turns out he is allergic to just about everything and as he got older also developed asthma which is strong on his Dad's side. The Dr. told me there is no good place for us to live as beach damp areas have lots of mold, etc. and here it's lots of tree pollens, grass, etc. I'm pretty sure he's allergic to dairy products as craves them. I appreciate your sharing this information and I will be coming back and reading them all later on today.


    2381 days ago
    Thanks for the links Sue, they're interesting reading. I have a lot of bumf from my allergy clinic but it's nice to read something different even though a lot of the advice is the same.
    I do hope you can narrow yours down soon, it makes a lot of difference.

    I seem much better lately and I've been told I don't need any more phototherapy treatment sessions just now.
    My last reaction was mild compared to what I've been getting but that's mostly with eliminating latex from my life. It's been very difficult as it's in things you don't even think about.
    As latex is plant based the milder reactions are definitely linked to a fruit or vegetable or even a combination but I'll probably never know which ones unless I react badly and know what I've just eaten...I have a sneaking suspicion the last one was maybe pineapple, I'm not sure though and as I've only just got my face clear again after three weeks I don't want to try it again to
    I've being doing four day elimination tests on fruit and vegetables since January and so far all I like and eat the most of seem to be ok but something definitely links in to my latex allergy's sooo frustrating! emoticon
    2381 days ago
    Keep searching, Sue! The answer has to be out there!

    2382 days ago
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