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rainbowpromise
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   Posted 9/23/2014 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I'm new here and just looking for a place to share my struggles. I have lived with my allergies for more than 50 years with my first severe reaction at age 4.

I carry an epi-pen for nut allergies, but have thankfully never had to use it.
When I was in my 30's an allergy to bananas began to emerge. At first only when I ate a banana. Now, 20 years later, I just have to cross contaminate with bananas and end up with hives. I take Benadryl to ease the symptoms.
I also have an allergy to anything fermented. Vomiting when I smell alcohol and some vinegars. Rash when I ingest too many vinegar products. When in contact with alcoholics I begin to show symptoms of a more serious nature. I do not drink alcohol, but my husband has the occasional drink without a problem.

My final allergy is to an ingredient found in baby oil. Probably just the mineral oil. I avoid skin creams, read ingredients on shampoos, and don't get bandages after surgery.

That's it for me, but I also have experience with family members with multiple food allergies and sensitivities, seasonal allergies, and even one with a metal allergy.

Alcie
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   Posted 9/24/2014 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, rainbowpromise, to the forum.

So sorry you have so much trouble!

Baby oil shouldn't have anything in it but mineral oil and fragrance. Five'll get you ten it's the fragrance.

Make sure your Benadryl is the plain tablets, no colors. I have to avoid the liquid and the IV stuff because they're sulfited.

I hope you carry a list of all your allergies. I keep mine on paper, folded in half in a zipped plastic container a pillowcase came in. In an emergency nobody's going to find a computer to read a USB flash drive.

rainbowpromise
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   Posted 9/24/2014 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Not the fragrance. Some baby oils are strictly mineral oil. My first reaction was as a baby, then again as a teen. (The things your mother should tell you and they don't.)

Colors are not a problem for me. Mine have the red coating. One of my other meds is coated with a blue coating.

It is useless keeping a list. I reacted when I was in hospital recently. They had a list, but cross contamination got me in the end. If I end up in hospital again, my family has instructions to bring me supplement foods. I just hope that it happens when my supply is high.

Alcie
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   Posted 9/24/2014 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Keeping a food log takes a bit of doing, but it's free. It took me months to figure out my triggers, and then I had to go back to my notes to find things I didn't notice. I can't blame the hamburger if it's small, but the condiments cause reactions.

I'd bet your baby oil has a minimal amount of fragrance. They don't have to list very small amounts.

I have big problems with artificial sweeteners in medicines too.

Maybe you could experiment with bandages of different brands. Doctors and hospitals use the cheap foreign ones. I tolerate some brands, usually the not-so-sticky ones.

The amount of color on a capsule might not be a problem, but the amount in liquid meds, liqui-gels can be.

I can't eat "supplement" foods. Corn syrup and dextrose are some of my worst concerns.

But that's my experiences, and yours are your own. Just some suggestions, trying to help.

Sincere wishes for your good health!

rainbowpromise
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   Posted 9/24/2014 11:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I wasn't looking for suggestions. I came here to introduce myself.

When I was in hospital, I ate the meals provided, but skipped anything that could be cross contaminated. I skipped the bread, but ate the disgusting oatmeal. I skipped the salad dressing and ate the salad plain. Thankfully they sent me fruit that I could eat.
It was only after the nutritionist talked to me about my allergies that I opted to trust that the trays were nut and banana free. That was my mistake. They understand the concept of an allergy, but not a "may contain" or "processed in the same plant" label.

I have to be on top of foods for my family. I have one granddaughter that has to be egg, dairy, gluten, soy, strawberry, tomato, and mango free. Those are just her worst offenders. Then another granddaughter is allergic to eggs, beef, and mango. My grandson is having a problem with formula, so in turn we expect a dairy allergy.

Add to that a daughter who has seizures triggered by dairy. It took us a lot of years but I figured out that it just might stem back to soybeans that are fed to the cows. She also reacts to estrogen in birth control pills.

I have the ability to cook to cover all these needs. It was exhausting when everyone still lived at home. Thanksgiving and Christmas are horrible. I have learned to not stuff the turkey and do one gluten free vegetable dish that is almost like stuffing. With enough time I can whip up some amazing desserts that can be shared by all.

At least I could before. Now I am sugar free with low sodium and low fat.

candlelover91
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   Posted 9/30/2014 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello! I am sorry to hear about your allergies! I moved here to St. Louis from Wisconsin about 2 years ago. When I arrived I was fine, only being allergic to nuts and shellfish. But since then, I have become allergic to a lot of other things. Allergies are all the time with an itchy nose and eyes, with the postnasal drip.

I thought that I could deal with it, but things have gotten to be way out of hand. I recently started having problems with the toothpaste that I have been using for the past year. All of a sudden everytime that I brush my teeth, within 5 minutes I start wheezing really bad. (I also have asthma). The wheezing lasts for the entire day despite the nebulizer treatments. The next morning I will be fine. Like nothing happened. That is until I brush my teeth again. I have finally stopped brushing my teeth all together. I just use bubblegum flavored kid mouth wash and that's fine.

I feel like my life is spirling out of control. I am scared to eat anything, or drink anything different. Even if I had it in the past and it was fine. I stick to the same foods all the time, and its getting exhausting. I want my life back. I cant even eat out anymore. I feel like a primitive, living in a modern world. I cook everything from home, and now have to start making my own toothpaste.

rainbowpromise
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   Posted 10/11/2014 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Candlelover91,

First think to do is look at it all as an adventure. If you have itchy nose and eyes, you have environmental allergies, and asthma... I suspect that is an allergy as well. The trick is to dig to the bottom of them and eliminate the problem from your life.

May I make a toothbrush suggestion? See if you can find a Norwex dealer in your area. Buy the toothbrush system. I use it with toothpaste, but you can use it without. After the initial purchase, you just have to buy new heads. Stay away from their beauty products because they do contain nuts.

The next thing to look for is what is causing the environmental allergies. Cleaning products, wall paper glue, carpets. I have never been to St. Louis, but isn't that an area where people eat shellfish. It could be just in the air there. I know I have a miserable time during nut season here.

Now the diet part. Same foods, look for new recipes. I eat out, but it is so risky. One time I broke out in hives because the server had handled tree nuts before putting my coffee cup on the table. I don't go to that restaurant anymore. Another time I left because a server was leaning over the workspace eating. I like to go places where I can watch what the cooks and servers are doing. Vigilance makes it possible. Sometimes scare tactics work. I will put my epi-pen out on the table as I ask about the menu items. Some don't care, and then I have to be more vigilant, others pale and go check labels for me.

Hang in there.

roniyorel
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Date Joined Oct 2014
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   Posted 10/11/2014 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I'm new here. Just checked your post for some info on allergies. Very informative!

Thanks for sharing!

rainbowpromise
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   Posted 10/11/2014 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Food allergies/sensitivities are a learning experience. We all have different reactions. There is no "one reaction fits all." It is all about learning your body signals and in the case of mom's, learning the body signals of your children with allergies.
I carry and Epi-Pen for multiple food allergies.
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Melody Hardy
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   Posted 10/29/2014 3:43 AM (GMT -7)   
rainbowpromise said...
Hi everyone. I'm new here and just looking for a place to share my struggles. I have lived with my allergies for more than 50 years with my first severe reaction at age 4.

I carry an epi-pen for nut allergies, but have thankfully never had to use it.
When I was in my 30's an allergy to bananas began to emerge. At first only when I ate a banana. Now, 20 years later, I just have to cross contaminate with bananas and end up with hives. I take Benadryl to ease the symptoms.
I also have an allergy to anything fermented. Vomiting when I smell alcohol and some vinegars. Rash when I ingest too many vinegar products. When in contact with alcoholics I begin to show symptoms of a more serious nature. I do not drink alcohol, but my husband has the occasional drink without a problem.

My final allergy is to an ingredient found in baby oil. Probably just the mineral oil. I avoid skin creams, read ingredients on shampoos, and don't get bandages after surgery.

That's it for me, but I also have experience with family members with multiple food allergies and sensitivities, seasonal allergies, and even one with a metal allergy.


I would suggest that you make use of toxic free products to prevent allergic reaction. Avoid also dusty and crowded places and make sure that your surrounding is free from contaminants.
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