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Friday, May 18, 2012

Allergy Woes

I have a stream of allergies - all different types. Hay-fever, skin irritants, internal irritants and food allergies.

I am allergic to Gold, Silver, Dyes (red 40 the worst), Preservatives (some not all) trees, grasses, weeds, mold - but when it comes to food... well that's where it gets tricky.
You see even my allergies, have allergies.

Here is an exert on OAS  (Oral Allergy Syndrome)

Allergies to a certain pollen are associated with OAS reactions to certain foods. For instance, an allergy to ragweed is associated with OAS reactions to banana, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, zucchini, and cucumber.
This does not mean that all sufferers of an allergy to ragweed will experience adverse effects from all or even any of these foods.
Reactions may begin with one type of food and with reactions to others developing later.
However, reaction to one or more foods in any given category does not necessarily mean a person is allergic to all foods in that group.
Alder pollen: almonds, apples, celery, cherries, hazel nuts, peaches, pears, parsley, strawberry, raspberry Birch pollen: almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas,[11] carrots, celery, cherries, chicory,[12] coriander, fennel, fig,[13] hazel nuts, kiwifruit, nectarines, parsley, parsnips, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, prunes, soy, strawberries, wheat; Potential: walnuts Grass pollen: fig,[13] melons, tomatoes, oranges
Mugwort pollen : carrots, celery, coriander, fennel, parsley, peppers, sunflower
Ragweed pollen : banana, cantaloupe, cucumber, green pepper, paprika, sunflower seeds/oil, honeydew, watermelon, zucchini, echinacea, artichoke, dandelions, honey (if bees pollinate from wild flowers), hibiscus or chamomile tea
Possible cross-reactions (to any of the above): berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc), citrus (oranges, lemons, etc), grapes, mango, figs, peanut, pineapple, pomegranates, watermelon

I am allergic to Ragweed - hence I am VERY allergic to cucumber, honeydew and watermelon - I am EXTRAORDINARILY allergic to dandelions.
Funny thing is - if you cook, freeze or prepare them (even pickling) will change the structure enough that I can eat them. I can't have raw cucumbers but pickles are fine.

This last week I went out side and weeded - normal every day occurrence - only I didn't wear the correct garden gloves - I wore ones that allowed the more poky weeds - to well poke me.
Also it was windy.
By nightfall Sunday my eyes were swollen shut.
4 benedryl later and I could finally see. However, it took another 4 days on benedryl to be me again.

My daughter has better and worse parts of my allergies - she is not allergic to tree's (thank the Lord!) nor is she allergic to mold (which is very hard to live with). She is, however allergic to cats, dogs and Severely (life threatening severity) allergic to Lilacs.

Update: 10/5/12 - a few months ago we figured out that my daughter my have a light allergy to Lilacs, what she is severely allergic to is LIDOCAINE.
This is a topical analgesic - it is also a very common local anesthetic - used most frequently by dentists. It is also placed in shelf products like ALOE VERA GEL!!!
Hence the very bad reaction that caused me to believe it was from lilacs.

My boy so far is only allergic to dyes. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the amount of dye America thinks it needs in food?
Did you know that the average human in America consumes 4 pds of dye a year?
Did you also know that the body does not process dye as food?
In fact to shed all the dye from the bodies system you need to detox, fast and cleanse?

I am sorry that I have not been posting as much as normal, between allergies, projects and getting my book ready to self publish in E-book form, my life and time have been full!
Will be posting more soon.

1 comment:

Margie (Tired Mom) said...

I really hope this allergy season starts easing up on you guys! =(

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