Multiple Food Allergies?

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 7:31am
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pI know that this is a website for PA parents/people. However, I was wondering how many of us posting here are actually dealing with more than PA or even more than PA/ /
I've noticed that QUITE a few people posting are dealing with more than PA and I was just wondering if people would be willing to share exactly what they're dealing with, in terms of other food allergies./p
pI actually consider myself extremely fortunate in that I'm only dealing with PA./p
pMany thanks and best wishes! [img][/img]/p

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 11:20am
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Joined: 01/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi Cindy,
I have been hooked on this website since I saw it mentioned on the FAST website (Food Allergy Survivors Together). Since then, I'm all the way! I am dealing with a severe peanut allergy myself which I have never considered to be too much of a problem. My real problem is my children's food allergies to milk and egg in addition to the peanut ( and asthma too, of course). I truly believe that this is the best website out there for food allergic people. I get a lot of information and support. I don't agree with everything. I just enjoy reading about people like me and my family. I have been wondering how those of you with just the peanut allergy feel about us with multiple food allergies bombarding into your zone!
Thanks, Alicia

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 1:37pm
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Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

Bet you didn't expect to see me posting here LOL [img][/img]
Okay, we just had Logan skin tested again - more extensively than the first time. Are you ready for this?? He's allergic to basically everything except some fruits!
Heres the list:
codfish +
shrimp +
pecan +
egg, whole +
corn +
soybean, whole +
blueberry -
grapes -
watermelon - (makes him vomit, though from oral allergy syndrome)
grapefruit -
tomato -
cashew +
coconut mild +
almond +
buckwheat +
hops - (first exposure was this test)
rye food - (first exposure)
yeast, bakers +
yeast, brewers +
walnut, English - (first exposure)
hazelnut - (first exposure)
bean, lima +
broccoli +
cabbage +
carrot +
mushroom mild +
celery mild +
cucumber mild +
lettuce mild +
onion -
pea, green - (suprise!)
pepper, green -
potato, sweet mild +
potato, white +
spinach mild +
string beans +
cauliflower - (first exposure)
beef +
lamb - (first exposure)
pork -
chicken mild +
turkey mild +
catfish - (first exposure)
scallops - (first exposure)
trout - (first exposure)
clam - (first exposure)
crab +
lobster - (first exposure)
oyster +
perch mild +
salmon +
tuna mild +
cinnamon -
garlic mild +
ginger -
mustard +
nutmeg +
sesame seed - (??? what about his anaphylactic reaction ??? If it wasn't sesame, then what was it?)
vanilla -
chocolate mild +
apple, delicioius -
banana - (oral allergy syndrome here too)
cantaloupe +
cherry -
orange, sweet mild +
peach -
pear -
strawberry -
Lauren is JUST pa and shellfish!
I have lots of food allergies, too but PA, TNA, shellfish and eggs are my main ones.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 2:17pm
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Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

When I first started posting on here, I was SURE that we had JUST PA to deal with in one kid. As I learned more about allergies, I started suspecting others. Then came testing. Matt has been tested for 27 foods, Meagan for 11. This is what we have so far... (not 100% we're through finding them)
Milk (4+)
Egg (4++)
Strawberry (2+)
Peanut (didn't test, just "official" through case history)
Brazil Nut (2+)
Hazelnut (2+)
Pecan (2+)
Coconut (2)
Carrot (2)
Peach (2)
Watermelon (2)
Chocolate (2)
His coconut allergy we highly suspect was at the root of a LOT of problems when he was on formula, so we consider it a serious allergy regardless of the 2. Chocolate seems to only cause mild hives and mild diarrhea. We've basically decided that in Matt's case at least, we can't use the numbers at ALL to figure out how bad the allergy is. Meagan's results are easier. She reacts to all three with (so far as we can tell) only eczema, but the #s match the severity of each. If she gets even a tiny bit of milk or egg she has a flare-up (daily Zyrtec helped tremedously with minimizing the reaction from the last accidental exposure). Strawberries though don't really cause a problem in tiny amounts.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 2:58pm
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Joined: 11/19/2000 - 09:00

Peanut, tree nut, soy, misc. other legumes, and msg. Peanut is the scariest, but soy and msg is the hardest to avoid and cook for.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 7:18pm
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

hello, most of the foods you listed william has not eaten, Rebeckah!!!
but l will try william on most of the veg and shell fish etc when hes older, if l can avoid them perhaps its best not to know (sarcastic cowerdly laugh here!!)
so far our list in the last few months has not grown and is still,
peanuts (we didnt get a rateing only a "well do keep him well away from them ")
treenuts , eggs , kiwi fruit, and non food like dustmite, cats , dogs, tree pollen.
l think the foods we do not try are a long list, plan to question allergist when we see him next year.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 10:10pm
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Joined: 08/24/2000 - 09:00

I am allergic to peanuts and sesame seeds. On my skin testing, I reacted to many things, and was told at the time that there was a 50% false positive rate for the skin tests. There were many things I had been eating for years with no problem, e.g. tea, garlic, tomatoes, the list goes on. Has anyone heard of this?
I also have oral allergy syndrome which I developed as an adult.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 11:17pm
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Aliciamot, welcome! I had NEVER thought about what you mentioned - how people only dealing with PA would feel about people posting that were dealing with multiple food allergies. Of course, I can only answer for myself, but I just considered people posting about children/themselves with multiple food allergies "normal" here if PA was one of them.
It is actually through people posting about other food allergies that I have become even more educated about food allergies myself.
Last year at this time, I did NOT know that you could suffer an anaphylactic reaction to milk. I had to apologize profusely to the person who posted that. I didn't question it because an anaphylactic reaction is not something to question, but I certainly did apologize for my ignorance.
I deal with a lot of people that post on this board off-the-board and I have NEVER heard anyone say that they didn't care for people talking about allergies other than PA here.
I think what I'm trying to say, but of course never can succinctly, is that we're a pretty accepting lot and don't mind a bit!
Rebekahc, wow, I'm going to have to go through Logan's list again. That's a lot to decipher (remember, it's kinda early, haven't met my tea quota yet and also just remember my sheer age to begin with! [img][/img] ) I'm going to come back in and look at it more closely lately but wow, poor little guy. That is a lot of stuff.
There have been two posts that mentioned this - oral allergy syndrome. What is it?
Best wishes! [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 12:31am
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Joined: 06/08/2001 - 09:00

So far, it seems to be peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds) and when he was tested we were told tomatoes and oranges. He however eats these in small quantities in pasta sauce, or the occasional orange (I don't buy them often as I am allergic to those, just peeling them for the kids makes me itch something awful)
Now I am wondering if he might be allergic or intolerant to milk, as he has never stomached it well, but recently has begun to vomit if he ingests even the tiniest amount of milk. However things cooked with milk don't seem to be giving him a problem that I have noticed. I am starting to be concerned though.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 12:52am
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Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

Didn't test me for many things, just told to "avoid all nuts". I know I have the reaction to : hazelnut, almond, peanut & sesame. Walnuts came out OK !
Thank heavens I'm not allergic to wine ! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 12:58am
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Nick, the day may come dear man, it may come!
LOL! What a cute, funny addition to your list of allergies!
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 1:05am
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

is oral allergy a reaction to a food with too much histamine?
william has instantly thrown up with marmite , which contains histamine , was pretty projectile even for william. yuuuk

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 4:11am
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Joined: 02/11/2001 - 09:00

My son is allergic to peanuts, eggs, wheat, cats, and dogs. He was allergic to corn the first time we had him tested, however this last time we had a rast and skin test which tested negative. He also had a rast test for wheat and it came back negative and the hive he got from the skin test for wheat was very small so the doctor seems to think he is not allergic. We are going for a food challange test for wheat sometime soon. He use to eat wheat products before we found out about the peanut allergy. I think the peanut allergy is the scarriest, however its very difficult dealing with the wheat and it was even more difficult dealing with the wheat and corn when he was allergic to corn.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 4:32am
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Joined: 08/24/2000 - 09:00

With my oral allergy, my mouth and throat get itchy and my throat gets a scatchy feeling. This happens when I eat raw pitted fruit, apples and cantalope. I find it very uncomfortable and no longer eat them. I'm fine if they are cooked, apparently the heat changes the protein enough for me to have no symptoms.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 5:23am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My husband would like to know if oral allergy syndrome (OAS) can cause symptoms like an increase in sneezing and watering eyes, not JUST mouth symptoms. I'm assuming it's called ORAL allergy syndrome because the effects are limited to the mouth, so I'm probably way off base here.
Anyway, my DH has tree pollen allergies that get aggravated (ie. 10 sneezes in a row) when he eats a raw apple. I know raw apple cross-reacts to birch pollen, and somewhat to oak/beech pollen, but I thought the reaction was limited to itchy mouth or throat. Does anyone else have sneezing fits/watery eyes when eating a fruit that cross-reacts to a pollen they're allergic to?
BTW, Cayley is just PA right now. She outgrew her milk allergy at 2 1/2. I'm also dealing with lactose intolerance with my 13 month old DD. Just when I thought it was safe to give everyone regular milk again.... *sigh*

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 6:22am
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Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

Oral allergy syndrome occurs when a person who is allergic to a non-food product eats a food that cross-reacts with non-food allergen. They are many examples of oral allergy, the foods involved are often fruits. For example, allergy to birch pollen can cause oral allergy to raw (but not cooked) apples/pears. Oral allergens symptoms are often worse in pollen season!
Generally, oral allergy does not progress to anaphylaxis. My non-pa son has the birch/apple allergy, compared to pa it has minimal impact on his life-after we convinced him it is very different from his brother's pa (and treennut allergies (all tested), soya, all bean and peas tested, shellfish.
Peanut allergy has the most impact on "quality of life issues." I feel this is a rest of the US school lunch obsession with pnb+j!

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 1:08pm
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

My 2 yr. old son is allergic to:
mild dust mite allergy
My 4 yr. old daughter is allergic to:
mild dust mite

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 3:05am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

My daughter has only been RASTed twice....(not that I'm eager to do it again since the last phlebotomist we had made her afraid of Mama and Daddy in lab coats for months ;-)
She is not allergic to oranges or dairy (anymore) but has the following positive allergies (all of which she has clinical symptoms for);
Peanut- 4
Egg white- 4
Egg yolk- 3
Wheat- 2-3
Soy- 2-3
We have observed severe reactions to peanut and to egg, and the RAST values for all four seem to still be rising. (Our daughter is two) Happily for us, (?) her first known peanut reaction was immediate onset (under four minutes) and the egg response is slower (ten to fifteen minutes). SO we know what we are dealing with. I was a lot happier about that until our allergist pointed out that with those kinds of response times, both of them are potentially anaphylaxis triggers. We are fanatical parents. We have no eggs or peanut products in our house at all, and religiously avoid the other two as well as shellfish and tree nuts, since we have to assume severe reactions to those too.
Anybody else out there as infuriated as I am about the industry-wide reformulation of cheerio-type cereals to include wheat starch?

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2001 - 5:41pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Matt has RAST'ed to:
Almonds (2) (*only* exposure was through my cosmetics...)
Eggs (3) (whites, if I recall correctly -- we just avoid 'em altogether)
Peanuts (5) (one mostly contact reaction, one anaphylactic episode after ingestion)
He spit out a bite of salmon the second time he tried it -- said it made his mouth "feel funny". We'd never used that phrase with him, or asked him to use it. So we're steering clear of fish and shellfish for the forseeable future.
He had a few other positives when he was skin-tested (*dumb*...Allergist even tested for peanuts when we *knew* they were a problem), but other than tuna (diarrhea), they haven't proved to be a real problem.

Posted on: Sun, 05/27/2001 - 5:20am
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Joined: 05/25/2001 - 09:00

My son was born allergic to milk,eggs,peanuts,tree nuts,soy,sesame, mango and Kiwi. He also has food allergy related eczema as well as cat allergy and mild asthma. Last year, right before he turned four, we had him retest for everything.Thank goodness, he has outgrown soy,almonds and sesame completely!Egg went from a 3 to a 2.But milk and peanuts remained unchanged. My son's younger sister so far has tested positive to peanut only. So after seeing these results I"am hopeful that most of my son's food allergies will be outgrown someday. My son's peanut allergy remains a 4, while his younger sister tested a 3 to peanut. I find that most people I inform of my son's food allergies remember the peanut-tree nut allergies, but forget the others. For example, recently my son was offered some "cheese" crackers in his preschool class and he had to remind the teacher that he's allergic to milk. She told me about what happened and appologized, telling me " I"m always so careful about the nuts, that I forgot about the milk!" I was so proud of my son! I've drilled it into his head that he can only have "his special" snack that I have Labeled for him. No it isn"t easy having two children with life-threatening food allergies, but Thanks to Chris and this web-site, I don't feel so alone anymore. Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 06/18/2001 - 8:55am
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Joined: 06/17/2001 - 09:00

I totally agree with TLSMOM. I just found the website on Sat night and I'm already hooked and so glad to know I'm not the only one that has an allergic child. It's also comforting to know that I'm not this lunatic mother that the in-laws think I am.Thanks! [img][/img]
Katie is 2 1/2 and tested positive for the following:
Peanuts: ingested, resulting in anaphylaxis
Cashews: 4+, told to avoid all nuts, too.
Eggs: 4+ (another ER trip)
Cats, and I suspect dogs too.
Dust, tree pollen- the ususals.
We avoid all fish and shell fist except Vand de Kamps fish sticks and avoid melons too, as my husband and MIL are allergic to both.
I have asthma and animal allergies, as well as tree and grass pollen allergies.
It's pretty amazing how genetics work, isn't it?
Katie's mom [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 07/01/2001 - 4:56pm
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Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

Our almost 3 year old is the only sibling with food allergies. He has had a reaction and a positive RAST to
tree nuts
has eczema but no asthma
we have dustmite-proofed his room
does eats soy, wheat, fruits, peanuts, shrimp, and fish, sesame, without problems.
His eczema has been doing great with only a patch or two managed with the soak and seal method with vaseline but when it started getting very hot out and he started to sweat, the eczema has flared up at most joints. Have to find out if it is the heat and sweating since eczema skin does not regulate heat and sweating well. wonder if it could be a food after reading all of this. Maybe it could be a food, maybe it is not so unusual to have a food only cause eczema flares. Going for his 3 year old allergy visit on july 3 and will have RASTs done (egg RAST went from 17 at age 1 to 2 at age 2 and we will see....). The milk RAST went from 25 at age 1 down to 2 at age two and we will see this week.
are there RASTs for tree nuts that are reliable?

Posted on: Sun, 07/01/2001 - 10:09pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Tucker tested for 48 foods at 14 months and showed severe reaction to peanut, mild to egg white and egg yolk.
Just had him tested again at 2.25 yrs old. Now he has the above 3, plus mild to onion, beef, lamb, pork, grapes, canteloupe, and watermelon.
I'm only worried about the peanut, but am doing some experimenting if some of these others are triggering his exczema.
He LOVES eggs, ham and canteloupe especially, and if I find they are not triggering exczema, I will continue to feed him these items.

Posted on: Tue, 07/03/2001 - 10:41pm
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Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

My three and a half year old son has been RAST tested for the following:
Kiwi - 4 (suspected anaphylaxis)
Milk - 2 (haven't noticed any reaction and he has this and cheese regularly)
Egg - 4 (fine with well cooked egg in other foods - even quiche - reacted to scrambled egg at 1 year and haven't given it to him since)
Peanut - 6 (this is a strange one - we have never given him peanuts but obviously avoid like the plague now)
He has also reacted quite badly to pepperoni and a certain brand of baked beans.
He also has RAST tested positive to timothy grass and house dust mite. He had severe ecezma from a few weeks old which culminated in us wet wrapping his limbs for seven months last year as the condition just go worse and worse. Having tried everything including homeopathy we tried our last resort - chinese herbs. He is at the end of a three month course of treatment and his eczema has gone - a miracle and something which has transformed our lives.
He hasn't developed asthma yet - he is on ETAC (Early Treatment of Atopic Children) which involves taking 5ml of Zirtek a day for 18 months - claims to reduce the risk of asthma developing by 50%.

Posted on: Wed, 07/04/2001 - 10:33am
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Joined: 05/21/2001 - 09:00

Hi All,
We have a 10yr old multiply food allergic-has outgrown(or were false positives)- soy, oranges, chicken, wheat,dairy, white potato(was truely allergic-off white potato for 6 years)
Current food allegies:
Tree nuts(all tested were positive),
all shelfish,
sesame seeds,
and strawberries.
Has had severe eczemia-protopic has greatly improved this.
Asthma- since being a newborn -currently very controlled, couple years ago was persistant cough,
Environmental allergies- cat,dog,cockroach, horse,dust, trees pollens, all the grasses,etc.
Take Care,

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2001 - 4:32am
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Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

What Chinese herbs are you using? Interested in hearing more. Do you think that those herbs are the reason that he has improved?

Posted on: Tue, 07/10/2001 - 11:06pm
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Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

The herbs were prescribed by a Chinese doctor in London who is also qualified in western medicine. I can give you the name of the clinic but not much use if you are based in the US. Chinese herbal medicine is becoming much more widely available in the UK and this particular clinic has a very good reputation and some very positive PR in major newspaper recently. Herbs are prescibed on an individual basis (we had about 12 in each prescription but they did change throughout treatment). There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the herbs are responsible for clearing his eczema. We are revisiting the doctor on Friday and she is hoping not to see him again for 4 weeks and then if all is well he will be signed off. He now has only slightly dry skin (no eczema) which I moisturise twice a day (before we tried this treatment I would have to apply at least 6 or 7 times before we even left the house in the morning if he wasn't wet wrapped).
We have had some very hot weather here in the UK this summer (makes a nice change!) and I know that I would have had to give up my job to care for Tom had we not had this treatment. We had a couple of hot spells last year and his pre-school couldn't cope with him as he was so distressed. Last week I went to pick him up and the shade temperature was 90 degrees - he was absolutely fine - he was in shorts and t-shirt and hadn't scratched at all - I almost cried with joy.
Of course I can't say that he is cured yet because no time has elapsed since his treatment, but the doctor says that he is and judging from letters published in the UK Eczema Society's magazine about Chinese herabal medicine and this clinic in particular I feel very positive.
If you would like me to talk to the clinic to see if they have any affinity with practitioners in the US pls let me know.

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2001 - 3:57am
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Joined: 02/12/2001 - 09:00

Ooooh I haven't been here in forever. Anyway *waving at anyone who remembers me*, after some continued health problems with Isaac (18 months) I took him back to the allergist for a wider panel of tests. Previously he had tested positive via blood and skin tests to peanut (huge reaction) and egg (small reaction that we thought was a false positive).
On the most recent test Isaac tested positive for egg (larger reaction than last time), beef, and white fish. Upon eliminating these three foods from his diet the chronic constipation that has plagued him his entire life is GONE. I even asked the allergist if a food allergy could be causing his constipation and he said it was unlikely. But now I have the proof and no one will convince me otherwise. LOL! I've thrown out the glycerin suppositories and flax seed supplements and am dancing a jig over here. [img][/img]
So, he is only anaphylactic to peanuts, but certainly has some other milder food allergies. He's also tested positive for a variety of environmental allergens but the allergist says we likely won't see a manifestation there for another year or more (which I'm not sure I believe, since this pollen season brought me a VERY cranky, eye-rubbing little boy).

Posted on: Sat, 08/04/2001 - 3:58pm
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Joined: 07/20/1999 - 09:00

Hi. Here's my story.
I'm an adult with a history of asthma as well as anaphylaxis (& corresponding skin test results) to:
all tree nuts
and slightly lesser reactions to:
most tropical fruits
most seeds
most beans
My quality of life has been greatly reduced by my food allergies. Numerous reactions in restaurants led me to stop dining out (with one recent exception, which had disastrous results).
I keep my diet simple and take a multivitamin and calcium pill daily. At this point, eating is mostly non-pleasureable -- except for chocolate. [img][/img]
Stay safe, all!
[This message has been edited by Anna (edited September 02, 2001).]

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