Mild reactions to foods--keep eating?

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bookworm21
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   Posted 10/26/2011 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
So I have oral allergy syndrome for fresh fruits and veggies and possibly some nuts (cashews, almonds, but okay w/ peanuts!). I can't eat raw veggies b/c of my gut, so that's not really a problem. If I want to eat fresh fruit, I just take a Zyrtec and I'm okay (except for bananas and cherries).

I saw a "lifestyle"/nutrition MD who wants me to go on a plants-based diet (basically vegan). She said that if I have a mild (not life-threatening) reactions to something, I can still eat it. And that after I cut out dairy and animal products, the reactions might go away. I pretty much said that I don't mind eating these things if taking Zyrtec daily but am certainly not going to without it.

Thoughts?
Female, Age 23
Remicade, Lialda, VSL #3, Vitamin D, Prozac, Zyrtec, Singulair

Alcie
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   Posted 10/26/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure that the person you saw was an MD, not an ND (naturopathic doctor) or chiropractor or some other non-medical school-trained "doctor." There are loads of those on the web. The key is they usually call themselves Dr. xxx.

It doesn't make sense to me that stopping dairy would make your allergy to fruit go away. I would run as fast as I could to see a real trained, board certified allergist MD.

Taking antihistamines doesn't make allergies go away either. Continuing to eat things you are allergic to could make the allergy worse.

I have "true allergy" to sunflower seeds, only a "sensitivity" to several other foods (usually the food additives). If I avoid the sensitivity group of foods I become somewhat more tolerant to them and can have a little.
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bookworm21
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   Posted 10/27/2011 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
She is actually an MD. She said that when she stopped dairy, her allergies went away b/c there wasn't something extra to produce mucous like dairy--however, I think she only had environmental allergies (which I definitely have as well). She also said that people's allergies get better as they get older...uh no, mine have gotten worse as I've gotten older!

My allergist told me that it's okay to eat fresh fruit if I take Zyrtec. He didn't really seem concerned about it, probably because my environmental allergies are so bad!

I think that all doctors--allergists included--aren't that knowledgeable about oral allergy syndrome.
Female, Age 23
Remicade, Lialda, VSL #3, Vitamin D, Prozac, Zyrtec, Singulair

Alcie
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   Posted 10/27/2011 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Your Md must be young.

If allergies simply got better as you get older, mine would be gone. The truth is some go away and some pop up new. I'm a senior and I followed my 95-y-o mom's allergies for many years too. It doesnt matter if it's food or pollens; you can become immune or get new ones. I just got allergic to grass this year. I acquired an allergy to sunflower seed from feeding birds for over 40 years. People who work in some of these industries, like sunflower seed, often become allergic. People in Japan often become allergic or sensitive to rice.

I lost my ability to tolerate lactose when I was in my 40s. But Lactaid milk is a staple in my diet because I'm allergic to pork, can't digest beef, allergic to soy, some nuts. I only tolerate one brand of yogurt, Activia, and that in small amounts.

I think I would go with the allergist and drop the nature doc, even if she is an MD. She needs more experience with real people. It was fun being a hippy when I was young, briefly. We made our own bread, grew our produce in the backyard of our row house, sewed our own clothes. Then we grew up.
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Chartreux
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   Posted 10/28/2011 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Alcie, get another doctor...do you have a whole foods store or something around
where you can get whole natural foods...I'm kinda wondering if your allergic to chemicals sprayed on
the products most grocery store get stuff that has chemicals on them, maybe ask your doctor about that
if it's the fruit or chemical on the fruit your allergic to maybe get some new up to date allergy testing done.

Well wishes to you and I hope you can find a better doctor soon....just trying to be of help...
keep us posted as we do care...
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audio71
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   Posted 10/28/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree as well go to another doctor it seems she lacks experience, don`t put yourself at risk!!

bookworm21
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   Posted 10/28/2011 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
She is actually NOT young--probably in her 50's! I think she just doesn't know what to do with people who have irreversible chronic illnesses--she mostly deals with overweight people who want to get off BP meds, etc. by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Like I said before, both of the allergists I've seen in the past aren't concerned about oral allergy syndrome. They haven't objected to me taking Zyrtec if I want to eat fresh fruit. In fact, the first one didn't even use the term "oral allergy syndrome." And the second one accepted the term face value.

Eating organic foods haven't made a difference, although it's hard to tell because I almost always have allergy meds in my body.

I just hope that I don't get any more allergies!
Female, Age 23
Remicade, Lialda, VSL #3, Vitamin D, Prozac, Zyrtec, Singulair

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/29/2011 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I also hope you don't get anymore allergies...
many sincere wishes on that...
Keep us posted as we do care...
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