Friday, March 8, 2013

Allergies continued!


What a drama they are! It seems to continue to become more difficult with reactions to things that I had been able to eat still happening.

At Christmas time I made some lovely Cocoa Butter Chocolates and in just a few added a Hazelnut. They were yum and we enjoyed them after Christmas lunch. A couple of weeks later (after the Allergy Specialist had informed me that I had no 'True' food allergies) while sitting with my family I ate one of the Hazelnut Chocolates and immediately started coughing and feeling very alarmed. We found a doctor and after two injections and much distress, I was informed that I had an Anaphylactic reaction to Hazelnut! Very bizarre since I have enjoyed a variety of nuts all my life with no adverse reactions whatsoever! It was a scary experience, one I hope I never have to go through again! I now carry an Action Plan and a Epipen which in itself is both a comfort and a little alarming!

The expensive Immuno Cap ISAC test that I had done, of which I expected to show my Pollen Food Allergies and help me determine a few more problem areas, was entirely disappointing and only showed my Dust Mite Allergy. I talked to the Pathologist who did the testing. He was helpful and told me not to despair as I am not alone and that the number of Adults with Food Allergies is on the increase especially in the last 5 to 10 years. He also said that just because I did not come up with allergies on the test does not mean I don't have them. Through my research I had already come to that conclusion but was grateful to hear it from him as well. There are several different Allergy Responses and the Allergy Tests only test for the most common IgE Allergy response. Which it seems I do not have. That should not have come as a surprise to me since my family has a tendency to do everything the hard way and have the most rare of conditions making nothing ever easy or within 'normal' ranges.

I still need to find a Allergy Specialist who is willing to help me! In the mean time I am not game to eat anything nut related and am still reacting to new things the latest being Quinoa.... that changes everything! Now I need to rethink my flour options and work out how to cook with only Potato Starch, Arrowroot Starch and Coconut Flour! It's never simple!

What is anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.
Anaphylaxis is a generalised allergic reaction, which often involves more than one body system (e.g. skin, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and cardiovascular). A severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis usually occurs within 20 minutes to 2 hours of exposure to the trigger and can rapidly become life threatening.

Mild to moderate allergic reaction
•Tingling of the mouth
•Hives, welts or body redness
•Swelling of the face, lips, eyes
•Vomiting, abdominal pain
Severe allergic reaction- ANAPHYLAXIS
•Difficult/noisy breathing
•Swelling of the tongue
•Swelling or tightness in the throat
•Difficulty talking or hoarse voice
•Wheeze or persistent cough
•Persistent dizziness or collapse
•Pale and floppy (young children)

1 comment:

  1. Hi-I enjoyed reading your posts and discussions. I've been in the allergy diagnostics and treatment business for 20 years+. Very good summary of the ISAC component technology. It's a lot of technology to sort out, but I agree that these tests can help identify the high risk patients who really need to avoid certain foods and those who will get the most benefit from desensitization. I work with many doctors who have successfully desensitized inhalant and food allergic patients with sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops). Please contact me if you have any questions about allergy drops.-Jim