Allergy shots and nuts

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   Posted 5/22/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw my allergist for the first time today, and he did a scratch test for a crapload of environmental allergies, as well as some nuts due to a recent bad reaction to cashew butter.

I'm basically allergic to anything that grows. You name a grass, weed, or tree, and I probably had a big itchy welt to along with it. My allergist recommended I start getting weekly allergy shots. Has anyone here done this? Did it help a lot?

I also have oral allergy syndrome. For instance, when I eat a banana, my mouth feels odd for awhile afterward. The banana test came back okay, so my allergist said my body confuses the banana protein with the pollens that I'm allergic to.

As far as the nuts, I had some reaction to all the ones they tested (cashew, walnut, pecan, and almond). The cashew didn't surprise me of course, nor did the walnut (my tongue felt a little funny after sampling 1/2 tbsp of walnut butter). The other two I eat regularly though, with no obvious problems. I mostly eat almond butter, at least 2 tbsp worth a day, maybe a tad bit more. My allergist said to go ahead and keep eating the almond butter, but avoid the rest. Have any of you had luck with continuing to eat a nut that you had only a mild allergy to? Did it ever go from a mild allergy to a full blown one?

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   Posted 6/5/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey spooky.
I have allergies really bad. When I say really bad I mean can't breathe or open my eyes. They get glued shut and my friends say I look like a kitty. I got allergy shots when I was younger, which did indeed help me a lot. I got them for about 3 or 4 years. I'm actually considering going back to get them because my allergies are starting to act up again. I would definitely recommend getting them if your allergies are bad. I hate needles, but I like breathing so I took one for the team.

I hope your allergies get better. :)

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   Posted 6/27/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, spookyhurst,

I can't answer any of your questions, but wanted to chime in on the oral allergy syndrome. I have that a little bit to the foods whose proteins cross-react with ragweed, my worst allergen. Those foods include banana, which makes my lips and gums tingle a little. I also got some *extremely mild* throat swelling from chamomile, so it seems that the OAS can also affect tissues just a little farther down in the mouth area.

Good luck to you!



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