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   Posted 10/21/2011 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with this some 18 years ago(whilst pregnant). Over the years it has been ok barring if I sniff a load of dust, like with wood sanding or emptying vacuum cleaner bag etc, few and far in between attackes so to speak.
These past 8 months or so it has flared up big time, 99 % of time at night.
So what haven't I done to try and alleviate it-kept windows shut, changed washing powder, fabric conditioner, shower gel, face cream, shampoo, conditioner the list is endless. Then I thought perhaps it is my mattress, not nice thought but perhaps it full of bed bugs:( So removed mattress and went to sleep in spare room which has a new mattress. Was fine for a week until last night,an hour or two before bed this time, felt the symptoms coming on, took an anti allergy tablet and went to bed, only to wake up few hours later with 'blocked' nose that was running like nobodies business. Took another allergy tablet(shouldn't have cause they are the 24 hr ones-but I did)
The only thing that I can put my finger on that was different yesterday was that I had some cheese early evening. So I guess my question is could it have been the cheese?I had been eating rather a lot of it and had decided to give it up for a while but buckled yesterday evening after approx 10 days of having none, I am going to stop having it for a few days and see how it goes just in case it was a coincidence, and keep a food diary too I guess.
How common is it for food to cause this type of reaction?
It has never crossed my mind that it could be whati am eating as opposed to what household products I am using.

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   Posted 10/25/2011 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vixen -
Sure, foods can cause all sorts of allergy symptoms.  We notice it in little kids, but adults can come up with new allergies at any time.  It took me many years to realize that the tachycardia and arrhythmias my heart was having were triggered by foods my stomach and esophagus didn't like.  Corn starch is contaminated with sulfite during processing.  I can eat corn with no trouble though.
You might try double rinsing your laundry, using fragrance-free fabric softener, or none at all.  The same for detergents.  Try a liquid with no fragrance or colors.
You can try using only a little mineral oil without additives after showering instead of lotions.  A couple of drops will do instead of hair conditioner too.
Don't forget eyedrops if you use them.  Find some that are preservative-free.  I use one called Genteal over the counter.  Generic patanol has preservatives but seems not to give me problems for short-term use.  It's preseciption here.
Even vitamins, allergy medicines, prescription meds often have preservatives and toxic dyes.  I have to look out for yellow #5.  The "azo" dyes are often toxic, but the "lake" dyes aren't so bad.
This year I developped a new allergy to grass pollen.  My allergist has added it to my shots and I have no more trouble with it now.
Try allergy meds that don't make you sleepy.  Loratidine is the ingredient in the one I like.  Again, even liquid Benadryl has preservatives and colors, so watch ingredients!
Put it all in your journal!  An allergist is helpful too.  Mine got me tokeep the journal years ago, and it's been SO helpful!
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