50 year old and new to this

Posted on: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 2:27am
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I posed in another section, so excuse me for being greedy and taking up this space too, but I am new to this and a little overwhelmed. I had a reaction to medicine made with peanut oil and tried going on and off to see if that what it really was. Then, a week later had the same thing with pine nuts. I am now afraid to eat a few others things for fear of the same thing. I wanted shrimp this weekend at a friends house, but decided not to try until I get to an allergist, which I will do once my insurance change goes through. I felt itchy with walnuts and kiwi over the years, and have seasonal allergies and dog and cat allergies, but never where my lips got bigger, my face hot and tight, throat itchy (scary) and a rash on my arms and stomach. I know it's not the end of the world, I'll be fine, I am lucky it waited this long, it's just new and unsettling.

Thanks for listening.

Posted on: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 11:14pm
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Enough--my mom is in her mid 50's and is going through the same thing. Hormonal shifts like puberty or menopause can cause new food allergies to come on.
Per your post it sounds like you may be allergic to peanut and tree nuts. The Kiwi could be what is called Oral Allergy Syndrome. I posted an article here about it, but in short OAS is typically not as severe as food allergies and is related to seasonal allergies. Your body recognizes the pollen you are allergic to when you eat certain fruits of the same family.
For instance I have a ragweed allergy and can not eat melons. I get an itchy tongue and upset stomach.
Until you can get to an allergist-avoid all foods that cause a reaction. However, you shouldn't avoid foods you have not had a reaction to as of yet. Shrimp--while a high allergen--is not related to the other allergens you described. I WOULD avoid all nuts. And if you said you reacted to shrimp, I would say avoid all shellfish too--until you can see an allergist.
I know it is concerning and I hope you can get in to see someone soon because at the very least you need an EpiPen for emergencies.
Hope that helps--any other questions--feel free to ask!
Ruth

Posted on: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 5:02am
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Thanks so much for your reply. I am so uneasy. I am either having hot flashes or reacting to something, my face is very warm. I know what hot flashes feel like, but I started bioidentical hormones 5 weeks ago and they subsided, maybe they are coming back. I will not use anymore of these, since I dont' want anything else added to my body, bio or not. i cannot wait for my insurance to finish switching ( same company different plan) so I can see an allergist.
I appreciate your response. It really helps. Thanks again.

Posted on: Wed, 02/10/2010 - 1:10am
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Glad to be of help! Hang in there, you'll get through it.
Ruth

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