tolerance levels

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By HappyMum on Thu, 02-09-06, 19:27

I'm new to this world of peanut allergy. I know that some people react to the mere smell of peanuts, so I think I know the answer to my question. But, I want to ask it anyway, just to make sure I'm not going crazy.

Life has gotten so much better since identifying my problem with peanuts. After some other reactions I've had since ditching the peanuts, I've figured out that my problems seems to be legumes in general. So, I stopped eating beans, too.

But, I knew that there was something else bothering me. After 3 weeks of scrupulous journal keeping, I think I may have identified the "something else." Given that soybeans are a legume, I think that I am reacting to the soy oil/flour/etc. that is omnipresent in our world today. The strength of my flare-ups seems to correlate with the amount of soy I've taken in. My tolerance level seems to move up or down, according to the amount of soy I've had. I've even gone back to read the ingredient lists of things that I wrote in my food journal that had me perplexed at the time. Now I understand WHY my symptoms flared up after a simple hot chocolate: it contains soy!

Does this sound as if I'm on to something here?

This stinks, because soy is in absolutely everything! I enjoy cooking and baking, but I didn't want to be forced into making my own mayonnaise or tortillas! Grrr!

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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By ajgauthier on Thu, 02-09-06, 20:38

I'd say it's worth getting official allergy tests to see, you may just have an intolerance, not an allergy. But either way, you'd have the peace of mind of knowing.

Allergy tests are definitive though, there is room for error with skin testing and RAST IgE testing. I'd suggest getting both, that way you and your allergist can compare the results.

I didn't know I was allergic to sesame until I got a RAST test for it. Now I can fit pieces together (random rashes on my neck and face, gastrointestinal problems)...as I was eating sesame each day in my favorite Kashi cereal!

Good luck,
Adrienne

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By HappyMum on Fri, 02-10-06, 00:37

Thanks! I couldn't get an appointment to see the allergist until March. Bad news, because I want to know once and for all what my sensitivities are. Good news, though, because I have this time to journal my diet and do some detective work myself.

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By krasota on Fri, 02-10-06, 04:35

I can buy soy-free mayo and (corn) tortillas. I'm wheat-free, but I was able to buy soy-free wheat tortillas in the old days.

ygg

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By Lam on Mon, 02-13-06, 00:25

Just popping in to say that I have a non-allergic son who has food "issues" (as I like to call them). He has had allergy tests - all negative, but he has gastro problems after eating "too much" soy, wheat, chocolate, cinnamon, paprika, and annatto, and blue no. 1. The hard part is knowing how much is too much.

What kind of reaction are you having?

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