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 Post subject: Weird allergies.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:41 am 
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I've known since I was a kid that I'm allergic to several kinds of pollen, but never noticed any food allergies. Occasionally when I ate apples from other countries my mouth would itch a little, but I thought that's probably some unfamiliar pesticide or something (being raised in the belief that Swedish agriculture is superior to any other...). When I started trying plant milks, I thought I got some itching when I drank soy milk. Went and had an allergy test, and the results were not what I expected:

- I'm still allergic to birch, grass and mugwort. Well, this was expected.

- I'm not allergic to soy, but it's linked to birch, so I'm not just imagining the reaction either. It's unlikely to be dangerous like a true food allergy.

- I am allergic to apples and almonds!

The doctor I saw was a GP and didn't really have any info for me on what to do now. So of course I have to ask the PPK: should I quit eating apples even though I don't react to them? Almonds - same question? Should I avoid soy even if it doesn't make me itchy? (I've never noticed a reaction to soy patties for instance.) Will eating the stuff make me more allergic? I know most of you aren't doctors, and if you are you can't really advise me like this, but I would still like some input. Please?

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 Post subject: Re: Weird allergies.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:22 am 
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I have weird allergies too - mostly foods linked to latex but not all of them and not all the time. All I can advise is to stop consuming things that make you feel bad. If apples and almonds don't promote any reactions you should be ok to eat them.


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 Post subject: Re: Weird allergies.
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Sounds like oral-allergy syndrome!

At least with raw things it occurs. You can possibly eat apples, etc cooked with no problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird allergies.
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And its worst when the pollen is out there causing problems! Out of season its probably better.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird allergies.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:56 am 
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lycophyte wrote:
Sounds like oral-allergy syndrome!

At least with raw things it occurs. You can possibly eat apples, etc cooked with no problem.


Yeah, I have this, too. I can't eat raw pecans, raw walnuts, raw peppers, raw green beans and a few other things. cooked is totally fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird allergies.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:10 pm 
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lycophyte wrote:
Sounds like oral-allergy syndrome!

At least with raw things it occurs. You can possibly eat apples, etc cooked with no problem.


Exactly! I've reacted to raw almonds occasionally, but I eat roasted ones nearly every day without problems. I'm off to google oral-allergy syndrome now.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird allergies.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:15 pm 
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From wikipedia:

"Oral reactions to food are often mistakenly self-diagnosed by patients as caused by pesticides or other contaminants."

From me:

"my mouth would itch a little, but I thought that's probably some unfamiliar pesticide or something"

LOL

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 Post subject: Re: Weird allergies.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:22 pm 
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Apple allergies can manifest in many ways. For me, I will sneeze like crazy the day after I eat an apple or have an almond or two. Even knowing I was allergic to both of those (and 1000 other foods), it took me decades to make the connection that my seasonal allergies were heavily exacerbated by the foods I ate the day before.


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I can't eat basil raw.
I am depressed.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird allergies.
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(or kale. I think I actually have a super duper ragweed allergy but I have just started noticing because life after teenagerhood is that which reminds one of mortality over and over, day in, day out.)

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