oral allergy syndrome
Is anyone dealing with oral allergy syndrome? I had a reaction to peanut butter (I'm in my 40s and have eaten it all my life) and then also to an orange, a tomato and a bell pepper. I'm waiting on blood work now. I've been told that I'm probably allergic to a pollen and that each pollen is associated with certain foods, mostly fruits and vegetables but also peanuts, some tree nuts and also spices and kinds of lettuce. Apparently, the body mistakes the foods for pollen b/c they are structurally similar. Just wondering how people go about eating at all when you don't know what you're allergic to - is it all trial and error or should I insist that I get skin tested, too? (My pepper blood test has come back negative, so it's not a "true allergy," but I definitely had an allergic reaction to it so I'm supposed to stay away from it. I'm wondering if a skin test would show different results.) Allergist's office says that they can't predict if reactions to non-true allergens will be life-threatening so I should just avoid whatever I react to, but I'm afraid to eat anything other than meat and vitamins at this point. Any suggestions? Thanks.