Sores/Hives?

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I've had sores on my face on both sides of my mouth for several days now. I don't know if I was exposed to something I ate. It started out as hives, then I must have itched it & now I look like the joker. Very embarrassing. I don't know if I explained it right. I'm not sure if it's an oral allergy reaction? I was just wondering if anyone else has had reactions like this before.

thanks for any help.

On Dec 17, 2006

Kimmo, I agree with (name edited out by office). You really need to see a top notch allergist. In the meantime, I wouldn't eat anything unless you are sure of the ingredients.

(name edited out by office)asked if you eat processed foods because they have soooo many ingredients with long names it is too difficult to know what youi're eating.

Stick to basic one-ingredient foods. Oatmeal, bananas, apples, veggies, etc. No sauces, no dressings (olive oil and vinegar is OK) no mayo or margarine....nothing that contains MORE than one ingredient!

Please go to a good allergist!

On Dec 17, 2006

Hi, (name edited out by office). Thanks for your response. I have a follow up with the allergist on Jan. 22. If I was to call another allergist, would they be able to get me in within a month or so, or would I be able to get in sooner if my primary dr. calls for me?

I'm keeping the Jan. visit right now just in case I don't get in with someone else sooner.

Thanks for your concern.

I do eat very little processed food. I've been reading labels diligently. I'm also switching my hair products & soaps to organic non PN or TN products. I'm confused. I don't know if this is contact allergic reaction, oral allergy, or systemic. I'm trying not to be a pain on the boards, but I'm really confused as to why my body is acting this way. I also don't know if it still means that I can have an ana reaction.

Again, thankyou.

On Dec 17, 2006

I've been following your posts too.

Do you own a digital camera that you could take a picture and post it? you can upload pictures to a site like photobucket.com and then copy the url they give you into one of your posts. It might help us help you figure out exactly what they are, so we can tell you what to do about them in the mean time before you get to the doctor.

On Dec 17, 2006

Starlight, I do have a digital camera, but I'm not very savvy..I'll try. It might be tomorrow. When I have the pics, do I just attatch a link on here? Let me know how to do that if you don't mind.

Thanks

On Dec 17, 2006

Wow!!! I am a bit confused about the whole picture thing. I'll see if I can pull this off...lol

WOW...I didn't know veg. protein is the same as PN. Is soy protein also a PN product? That would explain why after I ate a veg. burger I was insanely itchy for 3 hours. They were Boca burgers, I don't know the ingredients off hand, but I just checked Morning star Veg. burgers & the 2nd ingredient is Vegetable protein, & the 2rd is Soy Protein. I think I've had reactions to that brand before as well.

Thanks for the heads up.

Are there any other names or links of ingredient names that I should be aware of?

On Dec 20, 2006

kimmo you would be better off asking your dr office to call to get you an apointment. you would proablly get in faster. plus is this allergist one you have seen before?? if so call them back and tell them its an urgent matter and you need to get in sooner.

and i agree with the other people who have osted here stick with basic foods and write every thing down.

when you do get in to the allergist insist on an "accross the board" allergy test. get tested for everything under the sun.

you might want to look at the ingredents on your tooth paste and mouth wash. and any lipstick or lip balm you might have used. you could be allergic to them also.

when i switched shampoo brands (years and years ago) my eyes swelled shut and i broke out in huge zits. it realy sucked since i was still in high school.. and you know that teenagers are so understanding.... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

good luck. erin

On Dec 20, 2006

An alternative theory -- could it be fever blisters?

With the stress of the holidays, i just had a breakout yesterday myself..

itching is definately part of the "pre breakout" phase.. even when the blisters are small for me, my lip does tend to swell in general..

check out this pic of what an outbreak looks like..

[url="http://www.entdocs.com/images/canker.jpg"]http://www.entdocs.com/images/canker.jpg[/url]

since you posted a few days ago, if it is a fever blister, by now it should be drying up and crusting over..

On Dec 20, 2006

Thanks for the latest replies. I don't think that it's fever or cold sores, only because I had the very same reaction 1 month before. I had kissed my nephew after my sister who had eaten peanut butter. Then a few weeks later I ate 1 tsp. of PN butter & I broke out with sores on both sides of my mouth. So, I"m not quite sure. I was thinking about doing an elimination diet to try figure out what I'm reacting to. I'm positive I'm allergic to PN & TN's. I've had too many consistant reactions. Pecans is the worst. I ate about 4-6 pecans & within 15 min. I had angry hives under my eyes & I was itching really bad on my face. AS the day progressed, my eyes swelled. It took 6 days & benadryl for my eyes to go back to normal.

But, thanks for the link. Mine didn't really look like that, but at this point anything is possible.

On Dec 20, 2006

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Originally posted by KIMMO: [b]Thanks for the latest replies. I don't think that it's fever or cold sores, only because I had the very same reaction 1 month before. I had kissed my nephew after my sister who had eaten peanut butter. Then a few weeks later I ate 1 tsp. of PN butter & I broke out with sores on both sides of my mouth. So, I"m not quite sure. I was thinking about doing an elimination diet to try figure out what I'm reacting to. I'm positive I'm allergic to PN & TN's. I've had too many consistant reactions. Pecans is the worst. I ate about 4-6 pecans & within 15 min. I had angry hives under my eyes & I was itching really bad on my face. AS the day progressed, my eyes swelled. It took 6 days & benadryl for my eyes to go back to normal.

But, thanks for the link. Mine didn't really look like that, but at this point anything is possible.

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hi Kimmo,

sorry you are having such a bad time with it!

I would like to say though (and I'm going all "soap box" here on you) you *really*really*really*REALLY* (!) shouldn't be doing any sort of "am I allergic to this?" eating tests at home with other kinds of nuts/etc. if you know you are already allergic to peanuts and some nuts. It's playing with fire, even if you have medication handy and aren't alone. There could be a biphasic (like 12-24 hours later) reaction that could catch you off guard or while you are sleeping. Very dangerous.

Until you see your allergist, I'd steer very clear of peanuts, any type of nut, any type of seed. Just read labels, and as others already mentioned, go the "whole foods" route (meaning non-processed/manufactured foods).

Good luck with everything and please do keep us up-to-date if anything changes. There is a lot of experience with everyone on these boards, and we can offer advice and support.

Adrienne [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Dec 20, 2006

Thanks, Adrienne. I've been avoiding PN & TN & even "may contain" & Processed in. The pecan reactions was accidental. I figured that I was allergic to PN, as I got really itchy & started getting stronger & more frequent reactions to PN. I just wasn't educated & didn't know that if someone is allergic to PN that other nuts(TN) can be a problem too. I had to educate myself. I've been so thankful for this board. Everyone has been so helpful.

I've been to dermatologists & 1 allergist. I have a follow up with my allergist on 1/22.

I'll keep updating. The sores around my mouth are finally fading.

Thanks again.

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