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Slight reactions to peanuts, soybeans, almonds, hazelnuts.

Strong reactions to grass pollens.

No skin reaction to a few things that mess up my alimentary passage: shrimp, bright colored raw fruits and vegetables and so on.


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    • garyarthuryoung

      Yes ma’am. And there was much pricking. And the people did not rejoice.

      Oh. That reminds me. I have to add an addendum.

      • Janna

        Interesting – do you feel like you learned anything new? I’ve always wanted to get one of those done, but it seems less useful if it can’t tell you about things you already know you can’t handle…

      • garyarthuryoung

        If you have health care and they’ll cover the cost, it’s good to know. I had no idea about peanuts, soybeans, hazelnuts and almonds. Now I know to keep an eye out, especially if I ever feel anything more than the occasional itchy mouth (like I do when I drink an Odwalla protein drink whose main source of protein is soy isolates).

        The allergic load is also cumulative. So, for example, I may be fine one day. But if it’s during allergy season and I’ve eaten nuts that day and then use soy milk, I can probably expect some major itchiness. Once, during allergy season, I juiced apples and carrots. Drank it and within 60 seconds my sinuses were 100% stuffed and my lips, mouth and throat were itching and swelling.

        Interesting. Check out what else is listed along with almonds in the cross-reaction section of the link below.

        I was also told that the only test for medicines they can do is for Penicillin.

        By the way, I bought the AllergyDetect iPhone which should be fun.

        But the skin tests won’t necessarily detect what’s going on in your gut/stomach/intestines. And vice versa. I guess there are different mechanisms. I know that certain fruit/food allergies are often in sync with pollen allergies from trees that are in the same family. But I’m not sure how that works with grass allergies. Oh, check this out:

        I may find something directly useful. I may not. That’s how allergies go. Detective work and a host of possible causes complicated by cross reactions. Fascinating. But it’s an attempt to deal with the source as opposed to trying to control symptoms. (My fingers have been cracking like crazy at the nails for the past year and a half or so, making it painful if not impossible to play stringed instruments.)

        This is getting long enough for its own post, but … I was also told that if I was desperate to have something I could try taking a Zyrtec about an hour beforehand. Hello, cherries.

        One last thing. While researching possible apps, I saw someone who had a list of things they were allergic to categorized as: safe, once a week, never.

    • garyarthuryoung

      Do it, man. It’s good to know. Unfortunately, there aren’t conclusive tests for things like processed foods and (often petroleum based) food additives and colorings.

  1. Janna

    I just remembered randomly to check back to see if you responded about this, and you did!

    I don’t really have itchy-type allergies, but I haven’t been able to breathe clearly through my nose for years, so I wonder if a skin test could help pinpoint anything. My insurance is a “high deductible” plan, so everything costs money, but some things are worth it.

    Do you happen to know how much it cost?

    • garyarthuryoung

      I’ll check. I should have gotten something in the mail or a claim confirmation. I’ll get back to you tomorrow. (Feel free to remind me.)

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