Sudden allergic reaction to almonds
I know this is ironic, since I just joined this board because of my peanut-allergic friend, and I don't have food allergies myself. Well, actually, the last part of that sentence may not be accurate anymore...I think I may be allergic to almonds. The other day, I had a handful of almonds, plus a few miniature almond cookies that my mom had bought, and a few minutes later (within the hour, anyway), an itchy red rash broke out in the middle of my chest, just above my boobs. It itched so much, I couldn't stop scratching all night, which of course made it worse. I put some children's Polysporin on it in the morning (I buy children's Polysporin because it's cheaper than the adult kind), and that seemed to help things temporarily, until this morning. so, I put on more Polysporin after my workout, and it helped with the itching as well. Now all my spots are gone, except for big one in the middle, but I covered that with Polysporin and put two Band-Aids over it, in a cross formation, so they won't fall off. Anyway, I asked my peanut-allergic friend why that had happened to me, and she said that I'm probably mildly allergic to almonds, so I should avoid them, even though I've eaten them without any problems before. Needless to say, though, I don't WANT to eat almonds anymore, because I can't seem to stop associating them with feeling itchy. So.......no more almonds for me. My friend also said that I might want to get a skin test, but since I only broke out once, after snacking on almonds my whole life (and even earlier that day) without any problems, and since "may contain" items don't make me break out, I'm not sure if that's really necessary. I'm thinking I'll just do this the easy way--that is, I won't eat almonds. If I see them in anything, I won't eat that, and if I'm not sure, I'll ask. What do you guys think?