Becoming increasingly more allergic to everything I eat/drink

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jamiess
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   Posted 1/24/2016 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
A little background on me...about 20 years ago, I started developing outdoor/indoor year round allergies. I took allegra/claritin/zyrtec alternately for years with little relief.
18 years ago, I started having oral allergy symptoms with fresh fruits and vegetables.
10 years later, I started allergy shots. I never felt better with my outdoor/indoor allergies. But I don't eat fruit anymore, I stay away from most fresh vegetables, but sometimes I just need a salad or lettuce on a sandwich. My mouth gets itchy, raw and blisters sometimes. I started developing this with almonds and other tree nuts too.

5 years ago I swore off bbq after 2 violent episodes of illness several hours after consuming bbq.

shakehead Almost 2 years ago, It was like a switch. I did move from MO to KS at this time as well.

I drank a 16oz beer of my favorite kind and things went grey, my heart was racing, I was sweaty and I thought I was going to pass out. This started it all.
Now it happens too often that I feel like this, and I am getting scared to eat. I also try to calm down to not cause anxiety to take over. It is almost always when I eat out. Not when I cook at home. I do use sauces and spices at home.
Some more foods that this has happened with as well was potstickers, BWW and old chicago chicken wings (even naked), bruggers bacon/egg/cheese bagel, mcallisters memphian sandwich and a golden grahams cereal bar.
The other day I had a iced vanilla latte and a few sips in, I got a wave of warmth and my heart was pounding. I attribute to cross contamination of some type but can't be sure.

I always stop eating immediately and drink tons of water. It can take 30 minutes to several hours to go away.

I was tested about 1.5 years ago and my tests showed I am allergic to lobster and oyster, but not crab or shrimp. I almost passed out eating crab once several years ago. I no longer eat any seafood because I do not know what is accurate.
Black walnut, hazelnut and coconut tested positive, but I have eaten them for years up until I had this test that is. Same thing with peas, showed high reaction. I used to eat peas every week with no problems.
I am very careful about sauces and spices at restaurants and ask them to be left off. I eat only basic recognizable ingredients. I usually take a bite or 2 then wait a few minutes to see if I will feel anything before proceeding to eat.
Funny things is, unhealthy food such as McDonalds, Taco Bell, BK, Wendy's I can eat with no problem.

I am not sure where to go for more testing or how to make sure I am safe. Any thoughts/ideas? cry

Alcie
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   Posted 1/25/2016 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Jamiess.

It sounds like you have some allergies, but you didn't say what kind of testing you had..

Some testing isn't very accurate. Skin testing is pretty good, but lots of things have no skin test. Therefore, most of us rely on our own food journal for finding our allergens.

My blood testing said I was allergic to peanut butter, but I eat it all the time with no reaction. My main problem is sulfites, which my allergist and I found from my food journal. A lot of your food reactions could be from sulfites too, since many foods you mention contain them.

Don't blame a whole meal or a whole restaurant until you figure out the actual allergens. This is done through challenge testing. Don't do this testing at home! Your reactions are too dangerous. Do a search for "challenge test" on the search box at the top of the page. This is how I found it wasn't the hamburger but the condiments.

You also mentioned fruits. You might check into the individual types of fruit before throwing out all of them. Salicylates could be a problem too, so search those to find out if that might be a triggers for you.

What about fish? Salt water and fresh water are different. Do you actually react to peas? Or was it only on a test? This is what you should be challenge testing at the doctor's office.

Yes, I would be going for more testing. But see a real allergist - an MD with board certification, not some person who claims knowledge. Go in with a list of your specific allergies, that you know for sure, but not the way you listed on your post - "all fruits" or everything at certain restaurants.

Best wishes! Keep in touch!

jamiess
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   Posted 1/25/2016 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie. My testing was skin testing.

I have sulfites as one of my tops probable things from my journal and deductions. I do know it is only certain foods, not the restaurant.

I have thought about the challenge testing you mention and am scared to do, so I would not do it at home. I am going back to my allergist this week. It does appear that they are all MD's at that clinic.

Thanks for the info on fruits. I know there a few low in salicylates and have only tried bananas which still cause mouth sores but not a systemic reaction like apples. I may do a little more investigation on fruits.

I am scared to eat fish since so many came back positive. I never reacted to peas but just stopped eating them after the test showed really high because I was scared after my systemic reactions and am doing everything I can to avoid.

Thank you for the advice and I will take a more specific list along with my journal and report back after my doctors appointment this week.

Poppie
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   Posted 1/27/2016 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jamiess, l am sulfite intolerant, and so I can tell you that eating out for me is impossible, I have tried it, and it just doesn't work, my reaction is sickness, but not quite as severe as you appear to be experiencing. I do sympathise, it is a hard way to live, and people that don't have this problem have no clue as to the extent that it changes your life. I'm glad your heading back to see your allergist to look for more information, and keeping a daily food diary is very important too, I still have to fill in mine every day as foods that I once had no problem with, sometimes change, so it is an ongoing battle. I hope you keep an Epi-pen at home just in case of emergencies.
Samantha, 45 yrs
Stopped smoking Jan 2013. Diagnosed Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014.
Pentasa 3.5g daily, Vit D, Multivitamin, Vit B12, 500mcg Molybdenum
Gluten, Dairy and Sulfite free.
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