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Old 08-04-2007, 05:31 PM   #31
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I have a corn intolerance. It's not really an allergy, as the reaction occurs between 36-48 hours after eating a corn laced product.

With corn appearing directly or indirectly in many ingredients and forms, it's hard to avoid in the mainstream. Fast food is almost non-existant to me. I cook more than ever before.

I'm finding in my research that many people probably have a food allergy, but doctors don't want to recognize it. My wife thinks it's all in my head, but I know when I've been corned, I'm a different person. My mother and son also have it... mom has gluten and dairy in addition to corn.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:54 AM   #32
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I'm very allergic to shellfish and shrimp (except black tiger shrimp). When I eat it, my throat tightens, begin vomiting, fever and rashes around the neck. If I eat it, I can tell by having my throat tighten. An epipen is then needed and an ambulance. This only happens if I ingest it. If I smell it, no problem. If I touch it, I get a large rash. Despite this, I still make meals with this. When making these meals, I wear gloves and long sleeves and turtleneck. I also used to be allergic to melons, corn, apples and grass but no longer am. Hopefully, my allergies to shellfish will go away just as the others did since I love the black tiger shrimp.
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Old 08-09-2007, 06:56 AM   #33
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I dont think im allergic to any food. I do always get a sore n itchy mouth though whenever i have kiwi or melon. Nothing severe though. Maybe i am mildly allergic to them? Ive never had any big problems, so thats good
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:08 PM   #34
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This reaction to the melons may be a food sensitivity which is a bit different than an allergy, but only your doctor could really say for sure. I get what sounds like the same reaction as yours to citrus/acidic type foods, tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit etc, if I eat too many or eat them several days in a row. This differs from my reaction to the peppers which has the itching, but also burning and tingling followed by thickening or swelling of the tongue and tightening of the throat... and on from there if not treated right away.
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Old 08-10-2007, 12:07 AM   #35
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Don't forget, people's allergies can go away, or they can get new ones. I had grass allergies to a point I couldn't see since my eyes were watering endlessly and had to have tissue boxes surrounding me. Now, none of that. Just went away. Same for melons, corn and apples.

Sounds like you get anaphylactic reactions to peppers.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:14 PM   #36
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You are so right. People can develop alergies out of the blue. It is odd. But I still maintain that there is a difference between having the runs and cramps for a few days and flopping around and dying within a few minutes of a bite.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:24 PM   #37
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Interesting thread.

As background, my father was a physician. When I was born, I didn't show any allergic/sensitive symptoms to anything...until my parents introduced solid foods to my diet.

For some reason, I had a strong/violent reaction to "cooked" carrots. Read this to baby strained carrots. I would almost convulse, etc. As a result, my parents quit feeding me cooked carrots

Fast forward to my teen years. After I was served cooked baby carrots, I had a severe reaction...again.

When I was in college, living with my grandparents, I found myself passed out on the floor after eating carrots my grandmother had served me with the evening roast.

As far as my father could determine, I was sensitive to the cooked version to carrots. All he could conclude was that there was something that happened to carrots upon being heated/cooked that changed the chemical composition of carrots that my system couldn't handle. (I have always been able to eat a boat-load of them raw.)

It has only been during the last several years that I've been able to eat cooked carrots. This whole process has taken over 50 years to find out. Go figure.
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Old 08-12-2007, 05:27 PM   #38
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llvllagical llkook - if it wasn't anaphylactic before it is now! Son gave me a mini egg roll last night without properly checking ingreds. & it turned out to have green chilis and jalapeno in it. I took benadryl as soon as I realized it but almost ended up in ER anyways. My tongue and throat swelled and I could hardly talk. Got very short of breath and was wheezing. (I am also asthmatic.) We were actually on the way to ER when the benadryl finally started to help and breathing got easier, so we went back home. I will be on the phone to Dr early Monday!
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:07 AM   #39
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Food allergies are awful, some of you guys have some serious ones. And of course doctors don't always believe in food allergies, I went to an allergist who actually told me that adults couldn't develop food allergies! I got up and walked out the door. I developed serious allergies to soy and peanuts about 13 years ago. Soy does something weird to me, it gives me a huge adrenalin kick that has my heart racing so fast I nearly pass out and my chest starts to hurt. Peanuts has the opposite effect. I actually don't carry an epi pen because I'm afraid if I do pass out after eating soy someone will give me the epi shot which would just finish me off.
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Old 08-25-2007, 01:40 AM   #40
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Whether or not doctors believe in food allergies I do. I've studied biology, more specific, human anatomy in high school. I'm studying it in university, so I for one, know allergies are real. There's a "new science", a load of crap, which basically is hooking you up to a large battery, turning it on and waving the food over you. It's said to make you better. I told them to do it to themselves, minus the food and see how different they are. Epi pens won't save you. Take it but you still need to see a hospital. If you've got a MedicAlert bracelet on, hospitals run the number and can see you're allergic to something. People aren't always allergic to food. It can be to fungi or even to medication. My friend cannot take Tylenol. If he does, his pulse races like you said when eating soy.

Basically, allergies are when you eat or something comes into contact and the body's defence system recognizes the proteins as invading, so they attack. For the anaphylactic, the body is desperate to destroy the proteins of the initaitor. It stops anymore entry of food by ingestion, yet can kill you. It's one of the methods the body uses to protect you, which it does, yet can kill you. Ironic isn't it?
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