Newly diagnosed sunflower and peanut allergy

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   Posted 2/10/2014 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Last week via skin testing I was diagnosed with a mild peanut allergy and a severe sunflower allergy.

How long after cutting your allergy foods out did you notice a difference in how you felt?

Also with either of these allergies are there any hidden names for peanut or sunflower that I should look for on the ingredients? My doctor wasn't too helpful in this regard.

Thanks for any help anyone has to offer!

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   Posted 2/10/2014 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
One more question.... the skin testing only tested for 9 or 10 allergens. After the skin testing has anyone had blood tesTing done as well? From what I have read it seems the blood testing tests for way more allergens but maybe not be as accurate.

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   Posted 2/11/2014 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a sunflower allergy, probably from feeding the birds, that gives my true allergy symptoms of closing throat and intolerance with tachycardia symptom. I wasn't tested for it, but I react if I eat a little.

My blood test is positive for peanut, but I can eat peanut butter just fine, love it.

Sensitivities and intolerances can be just as deadly or severe as true allergies.

Peanuts and sunflower seeds should be listed on labels. Sunflower oil generally doesn't cause a reaction because there's hardly any protein or other allergen in the oil. Many products use a variety of oils and you can't tell for sure from the label what's in it.

There are more allergens you can be skin tested for. What was the reason for testing?
There are lots of things for which there is no standardized or reliable test. Keeping a good food journal (use the search box for the posts) is useful.
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