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Preacher_Girl
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   Posted 12/28/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
hello all,
 
i'm so relieved i found this board. I'll try to be brief and as coherent as possible in my completely flipped out allergic state.
 
I am 39 years old and I have had environmental allergies and asthma my whole life. I had shots when I was a child and now i take the usual allergy regimine Claritin, singulair, inhalers etc.
 
I was fine until about six months ago whan i simultaneously and suddenly developed an allergy to codeine (i have fibromyalgia and I have taken a lot of that) and tumeric...i had eaten a lot of Indian food over the years. I was unsure if it was a true allergy and since I was in so much pain recently my doctor and i decided to try again and I had a true reaction (my throat began to close up) i had to go to the ER after i used my Epi pen.
 
Since then, for the past few weeks, i have had a complete onslaught of allergies. i am now allergic to everything! ibuprofen, aleve, mint, possibly the liquid Benadryl i'm taking for the stupid reactions. This year I had a reaction to the flu shot. Fioricet...for migraines.
 
My tongue just always feels wrong and somehwhat swollen. I switched off of Serevent back to Xopanex to see if that made a difference and it's doing a little better. Swelling CAN sometimes happen on serevent and i was willing to try anything. I was on Prednisone so i am now taking something for thrush in case that's it. the thrush would make my mouth itch...yes its itchy and somehwhat bumpy. However, now my skin is also itchy and today I got hives around my mouth after brushing my teeth with mint toothpaste. No more of that!!!!
 
I am going to an experienced allergist next week. I am considering 2 possibilities as I make a list of everything that seems to trigger me...
 
1.  Oral Allergy symptoms....i read up on that here and a few more places. And/or
 
2.  Salycilate allergies because of the mint and NSAID allergic reactions.
 
I hope i made sense. i am really flipped out because my mom almost died from an allergic reaction. She went into status asthma and she only made it because she was in the ER at the exact time it happened. She was only 50 and it was an enbironmental allergy...they don't know what.
 
I have a 5 year old and this is just plain scary.
 
ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!
 
thanks,
 
PG
 
 

couchtater
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   Posted 12/28/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Allergies are annoying and scary at times. Hopefully the doctor can find out exactly what's causing your problem.

I've got drug allergies and I'm terrified to try any new medicine.
I had one doctor say, "what am I going to give you?"

Good luck, I wish I could help you.
Joy

Preacher_Girl
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   Posted 12/28/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank-you Joy. My dentist makes me line up all my emergensy allergy protocol on the counter befire he starts to work on my teeth. smilewinkgrin

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 12/28/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, certainly keep your epi-pen on hand. I keep mine in my purse. You know, a person can devolope allergies at any time in their life. I am wondering, however, if your body is in overdrive due to some new medication or environmental change. Make a journal of anything you eat, drink, fabrics, soaps, perfumes, bodywashes, shampoos, detergents, and when the allergy starts and how long it lasted. Write down the times you eat and drink to, so you can see if it was environmental or something you ate/drank.

My doctor jokes that I am a walking pharmacy :P
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   Posted 12/29/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Joy and Smurfy.  Keep a journa,
Liquid Benadryl has sulfite preservative, coloring ... Try the tablets.  Look for things with no colors, flavors, other additives  - the "non-active ingredients."
On the links page in the sulfite website http://www.learningtarget.com/nosulfites/index.htm  There is a link to Housemouse's website.  She's got a pretty good handle on the soaps, skin creams, etc.

Preacher_Girl
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   Posted 12/29/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank-you alcie and smurfie. i think my body went into overdrive since we moved a year and 1/2 ago. We now live in an extremely allergic area of the US. Our daughter developed asthma since we moved. I wasn't doing well where we were before. But our daughter was showing signs of heading in that direction and I have had it since i was a child so...who knows?

I have a strong feeling it's the salycilates. I have sulfites a lot with no problems. No ithching mouth, hives or cough. But when i have mint (a strong indicator of salysilate allergy) my body goes insane.

Tonight i had a bite of cucumber I wasn't so crazy about. that stopped after one bite.

I am definitely allergic to NSAIDS.

The list of salycilate containing foods is endless. It includes dyes in meds also etc. Unfortunately...it's all the healthy stuff when it comes to food. Between this and some other food intolerances it looks like brown rice, protein, and water for me.

Well...I've been meaning to lose some weight. :-(

couchtater
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   Posted 12/29/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I looked up the website talking about your allergy. WoW!
There's not much available left to eat in this world.
Good luck.
Joy

mel-
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   Posted 1/15/2011 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
the same thing happened to me starting last summer. was having allergic reactions (swelling throat) to everything starting with asthma medication and zyrtec. then moving on to even tylenol and a vitamin and finally to food.

my allergist says the newest research from harvard and yale says that when you suddenly become hypoalllergic to your environment then it is something INSIDE you. a person just doesn't suddenly become allergic to all foods and medicine. the number one reason is a fungus/yeast infection (out of control).

that is what he is treating me for. unfortunately I had a bad reaction to the fungus medication and will try it again once I become stronger. because I was reacting to every food I ate I was terrified to eat and lost 30 pounds in 2 months. he recommended only eating organic everything and only fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, no prepared food of any kind. also he gave me info for an anti fungal diet (no grains or sugar, even artificial sugar and only one fruit a day.)

am finally getting better and am only losing 2 pounds a week instead of 1 pound a day though I can still only eat 1 meal a day. you're supposed to only eat a food once every 4 days at most. the toxins the fungus releases is what causes the chemical sensitivities, food allergies and intolerances. he said every or medicine will eventually do the same thing until the fungus is eradicated.

the fungus is most likely candida but he said could be one of a hundred or more that are normally in your body. search the web for candidasis (not sure about spelling) candida diet, yeast diet etc. for more info on both the way to eat to help cure it and medical research.

the diet alone has really helped a lot (the anti candida diet starves the yeast/fungus since it can only feed on sugars and meat and vegetables don't turn to sugar fast enough) but will probably need to take the fungus medication to get rid of it entirely. hoping I can try it again in a week or so.

good luck !

Melinda

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   Posted 1/21/2011 1:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Mods, forgive me, this will sound from medical but it is from personal experience.

You better pray its not salycilates your allergic too. Its found in a ton of foods (esp fruits and veggies and acidy foods). How I know? I happen to be allergic to salycilates. It is very commical when I get sick and go to the pharmacy for an OTC drug. I have to kidnap the pharmacist to guide me into what I can use because of being a diabetic, asthmatic who is allergic to salycilates. Usually the pharmacist will drop their mouth and sigh and say come with me. I seriously can not take about 98% of all the medications due to being the diabetic, asthmatic allergeric to salycilates. Almost everything has warnings saying "dont take if allergic to salycilates, if your diabetic, if your asthmatic."

If my body has a really low white cell count (like when I am sick) I seriously get to live off of... water, water, water, malt-o-meal, oatmeal, baby cereal, sugar (raw), dry toast. I can not touch soda, coffee, juice, milk, dairy, anything besides that. I'm hoping I will find new foods I can eat when sick! Because of this unique allergy, I carry benedryl in my purse and an epi pen. For my purse I use those new benedryl dissolving sleeve majobbers. Its like a piece of paper and dissolves on your tongue.

From what you siad, it sounds like its environmental triggers.
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all-allergic
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   Posted 1/27/2011 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Two things:
1. Have you been checked for celiac disease (also called gluten intolerance)? I developed it late in life and it caused ALL my allergies to exacerbate which gave me oral allergy syndrome to dozens of foods.
2. I had a thrush infection (from oral steroids) and the Nystatin caused an allergic reaction.

Life is a challenge - just read ALL labels. For example - Claritin redi-tabs contain wheat, as does benedryl (the pink ones). But Claritin gels and benedryl clear gels are ok for me.

Jesus tells us the world is not our home, we are sojourners, passing through.

Razzle
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   Posted 1/28/2011 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, didn't know Claritin RediTabs (24hr.) were not gluten-free...I was told on a message board a few years ago that all Claritin products were GF...
-Razzle

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Wendy25
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   Posted 2/5/2011 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Melinda - I SO need to compare notes with you - you sound exactly like me. I have lost 30 pounds in 2 months too and am scared to eat. I am living of rice and vegetables and even then I am reacing. My reactions are not gastro but very fast heart rate, low blood pressure, headache, dizzy, sever muscle pains and throat and mouth swelling and itching. I can even react to water, I kid you not. I have also started reacting to the drugs I am taking like antihistamines. Any new drug I try is rejected - my face swells.

I am at my wits end because of the weight loss and basically am scared I am going to die.

You are the first person I have come across that sounds similar.

How can you test for fungus? Or parasites etc??

I would love to rotate food every four days but don't have enough food!

yash888
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   Posted 2/7/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone
 
Over the years I had been getting chest pains and twice anaphalysis almost and all symptoms of sulfites which I diagnosed myself as my GP didnt know what to make of it.
 
The symptoms got worse until I could eat nothing...........
I was almost giving up on life and thought I would just die, there is no help, the doctors in Canada know NOTHING about sulfites or its treatment or what to do if I end up at the hospital with a reaction.  The ambulance rushes to take me and I have to pay the $45 to the hospital for the service yet I do not get the care I need in the emergency department as the doctors do not know what they are dealing with.
Try as I might to explain to them that the chest pains are not from any heart attack, I have a sulfite allergy, they would not listen and time and time again and again, everytime, they would redo all the heart tests and after 10 - 14 hours spent sitting and waiting at the hospital emergency they would conclude its not my heart!!!???????
 
It just drove me crazy. 
 
 The allergist here in Canada agreed with me that she also thought I had a sulfite sensitivity since there is NO sulfite test in Canada, only in USA and that is the ORAL CHALLENGE TEST in which you are given capsules containing sulfites to ingest and the doctor monitors your lung capacity etc.
 
I am actually coming to Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida for this test by Dr Kaufman in March this year.
 
Meanwhile, somehow as I am questioning everything I put in my mouth, I never questioned the Splenda that I put in EVERY SINGLE DAY six times a day since 2006!
 
 Splenda in my coffee, tea, cereal, desserts and everything sweet I needed to have.
 
I have just had a major breakthrough!!!!
 
I STOPPED the SPLENDA, just went COLD TURKEY, no sugar, no substitues, nothing.
 
For the first week, I went through different kinds of symptoms which I think were more like 'withdrawal symptoms', now after 2 and a half weeks, I feel like a 'new person'
So many of my 'sulfite' symptoms are GONE!
I don't get chest pains anymore nor hives or other major gastro issues I used to have.
Its amazing.  My brain feels like a 'cobweb' was holding it and now the cobweb is broken.
 
I don't know how to describe all this but just see the comparison in the links below for sulfites and splenda and you will see and I can now even tolerate a little onion and garlic  and am venturing to try the other sulfur rich foods that I could not eat before.
 
If anyone is taking Splenda, PLS STOP taking it, then after 2 weeks, PLS let us know how you did.
I wanted to share this with everyone.
I am still going for the Oral Challenge test, any advise on if this is Wise to do.
 
thanks, keep well.

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   Posted 2/12/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear about your mother Frankie. I hope she is doing better now?

Please create a new post and introduce yourself. We might have other members that can help you or relate to what you are going through.
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   Posted 2/12/2011 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Did she get better Frankie?

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   Posted 2/13/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Frankie
Hope your mom is doing ok? Were the doctors able to help her?
pls let us all know, we are praying for her.
 

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   Posted 2/17/2011 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
There is really no approved sulfite test in the US either. The best thing to do is keep a food log and then do challenge testing on your own.

It's really easy - see my several descriptions on the GERD forum. Just search the words. I do recommend you do this under the guidance of an allergist, especially if you have life-threatening reactions.

My reactions were: reflux which usually came within a half hour to smetimes 2 hours. Sometime, if the dose was high enough, I get tachycardia (rapid heart). Tach can occur without reflux, especially now that I've had an operation to tighten the valve of the esophagus (food tube). Blood pressure can jump or dive. I don't get headaches, but that is the common reaction to sulfite intolerance.

Eating is no problem when you know the foods that naturally contain sulfite - really very few. Then just avoid processed foods, bread, beer and wine. If you do nearly all your own cooking you will have less trouble.
Alcie
 
 

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   Posted Today 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Whether a person reacts to sulfites in certain foods depends on their specific tolerance threshhold. So while one person with sulfite sensitivity may be able to tolerate, for example, onions, another (such as myself) won't. There's no test other than trial and error, and one's tolerance may vary from day to day.

What to do if one is in a sulfite crisis: Take at least 1000mcg. Vitamin B12 (any form, any method of getting it into you - pills, sublingual, liquid, shots, nasal gel, etc.) and one dose of any antihistamine you are able to tolerate. I like Claritin because it doesn't make me sleepy, but I have also found Benadryl helpful. I also find I can repeat the Vitamin B12 doses as needed (Vitamin B12 is usually pretty safe in large doses), but I usually don't need to take more than one dose of antihistamine after a big sulfite reaction as long as I also get the Vitamin B12. The Vitamin B12 binds directly to the sulfites and makes them inert and easier for the body to eliminate.

Cheers,
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gojos123
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   Posted 5/4/2011 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
mel- said...
the same thing happened to me starting last summer. was having allergic reactions (swelling throat) to everything starting with asthma medication and zyrtec. then moving on to even tylenol and a vitamin and finally to food.

my allergist says the newest research from harvard and yale says that when you suddenly become hypoalllergic to your environment then it is something INSIDE you. a person just doesn't suddenly become allergic to all foods and medicine. the number one reason is a fungus/yeast infection (out of control).

that is what he is treating me for. unfortunately I had a bad reaction to the fungus medication and will try it again once I become stronger. because I was reacting to every food I ate I was terrified to eat and lost 30 pounds in 2 months. he recommended only eating organic everything and only fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, no prepared food of any kind. also he gave me info for an anti fungal diet (no grains or sugar, even artificial sugar and only one fruit a day.)

am finally getting better and am only losing 2 pounds a week instead of 1 pound a day though I can still only eat 1 meal a day. you're supposed to only eat a food once every 4 days at most. the toxins the fungus releases is what causes the chemical sensitivities, food allergies and intolerances. he said every or medicine will eventually do the same thing until the fungus is eradicated.

the fungus is most likely candida but he said could be one of a hundred or more that are normally in your body. search the web for candidasis (not sure about spelling) candida diet, yeast diet etc. for more info on both the way to eat to help cure it and medical research.

the diet alone has really helped a lot (the anti candida diet starves the yeast/fungus since it can only feed on sugars and meat and vegetables don't turn to sugar fast enough) but will probably need to take the fungus medication to get rid of it entirely. hoping I can try it again in a week or so.

good luck !

Melinda


Melinda, I need your help! I have all of these symptoms and am afraid I may soon have to live in a bubble and eat or drink nothing. Can you please help me locate the doctor you are talking about who is treating you for the candida?? I am scared. It's been 7 years since I first got sick, and I feel like I am becoming more sensitive to things every day...Please help...
Thank you!!

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   Posted 5/4/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
gojos123 -

Have you seen an allergist? It's very possible to acquire new allergies or intolerances especially to things you eat often. Skin testing is a good place to start finding the "true" allergies.

If you think your problem may be intolerance to foods or medicines, keep a food journal noting everything you eat or drink and all meds, the time and your reactions an hour or two later. If your reaction is migraine it could be something you ate 2 days ago! It takes a couple of months to find a list of suspect foods.

If you have a list of food triggers ask your allergist about "challenge testing." If you have life-threatening reactions, please do not do this on your own!!!
Alcie
 
 

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   Posted 5/4/2011 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
There's a quick home test (very low tech) that you can do for candida.
The first thing in the morning before doing anything is spit into a glass of water. It's best to have a clear glass to see through the side. If you see a jellyfish like tenacles streaming down from the spit floating on top it's a sign of possible candida.
Joy

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   Posted 1/19/2012 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I probably have information that would benefit many of you on what is causing multiple food allergies. For the last 6 years, I have endured non-stop itching. I have spent thousands on going to over 30 doctors (neurologist, int med, rheumatologist, allergist, endocrinologist, dermatologists, psychologist, psychiatrist, gastroenterologist) in search of what was causing my issue. They basically said my illness was mental and referred me to a psych who prescribed me medicine whcih didn't really help.

Physically, i had no rashes unless I scratched myself. Overal, i was hypersensitive. It felt like my body was on red alert, ready to react to everything. The water running down my face in the shower was itchy. Hair running up against my skin was itchy. I could not let anyone touch me since anything would incite more itchiness. I could have swore I had a sugar allergy and so I went to my allergist to get food tested. Nada. All negative.

To make a long story short, I was referred to an environmental doctor (an MD who is also a cardiologist) in Dallas. When I met him, I thought he was just another doctor who wouldn't be able to diagnose or help me. He told me he thought he could and boy, was he right!

He actually has had thousands of patients like me previously. In fact, many are more in more serious straits than me. Overall, what he says is that people suddenly become allergic to their environment (home, chemicals, foods) due to an excess amount of toxins in their body. This results from chemical exposures, excess mycotoxins, heavy metals, etc whcih build up in your body over time.

So Melinda was right in her previous post regarding an internal issue of toxins. In my case, I was experiencing Leaky Gut Syndrome. So here's what happened to me. I had taken lots of antibiotics, prednisone and ibuprofen pills for many years. Also, I have not had the healthiest of diets (refined flour, bad carbs, sugar, etc). Over time, the candida in my body over took the good bacteria in my gut and caused Leaky Gut. As a result, every time I eat, larger sized food proteins escape through my now, more permeable intestine. When the proteins escape, my antibodies don't recognize them and think theyre invaders. So then hisamine is released and that's what was causing the itching. The mycotoxins released by the candida in my body is also likely causing the itching since I, like almost all humans, are sensitive/allergic to mycotoxins.

The environmental doctor tested me for food/pollen/chemical/mycotoxin sensitivities in a way more accurate than my allergist. Thru his testing, he found I had multiple food sensitivities to every day foods like wheat, dairy, sugar, tea, shrimp, tomatoes, bananas, bakers yeast, brewers yeast, fructose, serotonin (yes, serotonin) and many more (up to age 35, I was never allergic to these foods). I didn't believe this so to prove it, I stopped eating such foods. And lo and behold, 80% of my itching went away.

So in contrary to traditional medicine, I am giving myself food/histamine/serotonin allergy shots under the guidance of this doctor. I also received gamma globulin shots since my IGG subclass results showed my antibodies were weakwr than avg. finally, I took diflucan for a couple of weeks and am now on Nystatin. I am not 100% better yet but am optimistic. I also began to feel nauseas after eating (before treatment) and that is definitely better now.

Many traditional doctors dismiss Leaky Gut and the overpopulation of Candida as causing health issues. So if u suspect u have a similar cause,I would recommend you see an environmental doctor (not many in the US) or holistic MD. They are expensive but forward thinking. Note that the shots I give myself will likely not be something that any doctor, holistic or environmental, will permit or prescribe. Many treatment plans for Candida do not mention it either. My doctor happens to have conducted research on antigen therapy and so he is well prepared to administer this program. He also works with patients who have had a higher level of exposure and more serious exposure to chemicals, so they really need the shots.

What is interesting is that I have had the opportunity to speak to many other patients at this doctors office. They come from all walks of life from all over the US and Mexico and have been through the dozens of doctors (like me) who dismissed them. Interesting how they are well versed in knowing about the body, health, medical conditions given theyre extensive reasearch. Some have Lyme disease,mold exposure, chemical exposure from work, etc and they all exhibit some sensitivities to the environment. It was therapeutic for me to speak to other patients knowing I was not alone.

if you do a search on the net for leaky gut and candidiasis, you will get lots more information. I think there is a website called candidadiet.com which walks you through self-treatment. Once the candida in your gut becomes under control, then your leaky gut will repair itself. Over time, you should not be allergic to food again.

I would recommend anyone with candidiasis try to get medication from a doctor. Killing excess candida or fungus in your body is hard (the pharmacist told me this). He said some folks use Antifungal medication for many months, or a year or two.

My experience has been one I do not wish on anyone. I am appalled at how the medical establishment in the US will think a person has a mental illness if they cannot identify their illness. I had contacted Mayo who wanted a referral from my neurologist before scheduling an appt. However, he did not want to give one since he thought I had anxiety. And even after I told my allergist and gastroenterologist about multiple food allergies and leaky gut, they did not acknowledge that their tests failed to identify this condition and said leaky gut has not been proven. My int medicine doctor balked when I told him years back that I thought I had a fungus in me. He was wrong. Over these last 6 years, I've learned whcih doctors truly cared about me, listened to me and admitted they could not help me (as opposed to thinking I was a nut case). I will continue to see those doctors as needed but have dismissed the others. And as I learn more about healthy living, I've Learned that the human body can repair itself provided u feed it the right foods and exercise and get adequate rest. Good luck to all of you in working towards getting better.

Post Edited (niccolediva) : 1/19/2012 11:49:16 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 1/19/2012 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
couchtater said...
There's a quick home test (very low tech) that you can do for candida.
The first thing in the morning before doing anything is spit into a glass of water. It's best to have a clear glass to see through the side. If you see a jellyfish like tenacles streaming down from the spit floating on top it's a sign of possible candida.


I must admit that I tried this but saw a video on YouTube that indicated this home test was a marketing ploy and not credible. If you want to be tested , there is a stool test and perhaps others that a doctor can administer. However, many doctors explain that false negatives are common so they don't even administer such tests. This is since Candida is omnipresent in your body and not just in one area. Some doctors, if you're lucky, will go ahead and prescribe Antifungal medication even with false negatives. But u will likely have to show other symptoms like nail fungus, leaky gut, thrush, etc.

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   Posted 1/20/2012 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Btw, I forgot to mention salycilates is a natural form of asprin, hence why its found almost everywhere
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   Posted 12/17/2012 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 41 years old married and two teenage daughters 15 & 16.

In 2007 I had my first anaphylaxis shock unknown what was happening to me. Taken by ambulance to the ER as we live out in a very rural area. The doctors all felt I was having severe migraine headaches and that is how I was treated.
In Oct of 2008 I had another episode of anaphylaxis this time after another ambulance ride and a trip to the ER I followed up with my primary care doctor again. While sitting his room talking to him it hit me what caused it. I am lactose intolerant I had bought soy milk and ate a bowl of cereal. Within 20 minutes of eating the cereal the palms of my hands began itching turned bright red, I felt like I was burning up red blotches all over me, I grabbed a wet cold wash cloth went and laid down on my bed my husband woke up asked me what was wrong that's when the impending doom began and I had not motor function I could hear but that was it.
I went to an allergist I was tested for everything. It came back I had a slight soy allergy to raw soy.....
September 28 2012
New job had been working at job for a little less than a month. They had an annual cook out for employees at work. I ate a hamburger and a salad it was a potluck type meal. about 2 hours exactly I felt very hot and itchy went to the rest room saw myself in the mirror I had red blotchy skin everywhere, came back to my office told them I did not feel good it was going to be serious. I asked for benydral no one had any or an epi pen which I did not have on hand they had expired a few years ago. I passed out and it was down hill from there, ambulance came and took me to the ER. We figured out it may have been the salad dressing soil oil was the second ingredient and if wasn't cooked may have been the cause.
Talked to allergist no need to be retested it had been 5 years since the last episode if it were soy they won't retest for it due to the reactions I have had.
If anything happens in the near future to come in and get retested.
December 16, 2012
I ate a tablespoon of Peanut butter and a banana just like I normally do. I eat Peanut butter and bananas all the time. Woken up almost 2 hours exactly sweating pro-fussily and heart racing. Everything happened within a few minutes husband injected epi pen in my thigh and called 911. Rushed to the ER this time it lasted long than all the other times. So very scared of this and the unknowing of whats causing these and if I am going to make it.......
Any help would be grateful, going to see primary doctor today and hopefully into the allergist to be retested.
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