Is it safe to do a trial of a possible tree nut allergy myself at home?
About two years ago, my bottom lip swelled while I was sucking on a Jordan Almond. I spit it out, and within a few minutes the swelling was gone. I had no other symptoms, and felt fine. (I've never had food allergies - just general allergies to some pollens, and once had my hand swell and itch from something while I worked in a floral shop *kept up for days until I got a prescription cream for it*.)
I don't have insurance, and I tried to not think this was a huge deal. (I have OCD and health phobias/food issues, so I didn't want to obsess over anything.) I cut out almonds, but continued eating other tree nuts, peanuts, and items that may contain tree nuts. I even ate several heath bars before I realized they had almonds. No issues, whatsoever.
I mentioned this to a few friends who were retired nurses, and they got terribly scared that I was eating nuts. They insisted I get tested and drop all nuts and may contain items in the meantime. This is really difficult for me, as I'm a vegetarian and rely heavily on nuts.
I haven't had any nuts in over a year. I'm starting to get obsessive about food - constantly afraid I'm going to eat something that is cross contaminated and become ill.
I finally got a skin allergy test at a clinic. I reacted really strong to the control, but had no reactions to any food whatsoever, including almonds. The doctor told me to feel free to eat them, however I've had several other people with food allergies tell me I have to get a blind control test, and a blood test.
I spoke to another doctor at the clinic who told me it was very unlikely the allergy just sprung up (although I have a friend who almost died from a mango allergy springing up on her when she was in her 20s). He suggested I play it safe and go to an allergist and get more thorougly tested. I can't afford that now, though, and avoiding the food is making me incredibly tense.
I have a few friends trying to talk me into just eating some almonds while I am with them, with the understanding that they'll take me to the er if I have a reaction (not that I could afford that...). I'm very scared to do this, but I'm wondering if it's just my health phobias acting up?
Thanks so much for any advice. I know I can't get definite medical advice on here - I'm just curious if anyone has similar experiences. I'm curious if it's oral allergy syndrome, or if there was somethign on the jordan almonds (they were old and in a not overly clean house), or if it could be severe.
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