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Re: Any one have a severe food allergy.

Thanks , i will be very cautious , i have never had a problem with any food in my 63 years. I was trying to be healthy and never thought i would have any problems with juices.

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Italian sausage and mussels.

 

 

 

 In college I went to the beach house of one of my closest friend's families. It was June.For lunch her mom fixed this delicious sausage, peppers, and onions dish. She left it with a package of rolls to make a sandwich, and everyone was responsible for fixing their own lunch when they came in from the beach.

 

 

 

I'd never had anything like it before, and really enjoyed it. That night my friend and I were doing the dishes after dinner. I started feeling clammy and nauseous. Her mom thought I had had too much sun. So I went to bed. The next day I felt a little better, but I didn't want to eat or go to the beach. I just relaxed and read. Then it was time to go home. 


 

In July I went back. Her mom made the same lunch, since I liked it so much. Sure enough, that night the same thing happened. This time I started feeling strange during dinner. I didn't say anything and I ate a little, but while doing the dishes it really hit me. My friend teased me, saying, "Beachmom, I've heard about getting out of doing dishes, but this is ridiculous!" I went to bed again, and this time I was really sick.

 

 

 

It was her mom who figured out what was going on. 

 

 

Some years later I split a pizza with a co-worker. I got sick again. Since then if something has sausage in it I ask what kind!

 

 

I love mussels, but I can't eat them any longer either. They used to be fine.  Smiley Sad

 

 

 

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🙋‍♀️ Shrimp. 

 

I really enjoy shrimp and never had a problem until last summer when I had a reaction out of the blue. I read the allergic reaction can get increasingly worse with each exposure and could even result in a dangerous outcome like closing airways and even death in some cases.  I suspect other shellfish would likely do the same thing so now I avoid all of it.  It’s a bummer but better safe  than sorry. 

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Two things that give me terrible/painful "intestinal distress" are sugar alcohols and blueberries.

 

I can't consume anything "sugar free" or "diet." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@JeanLouiseFinch wrote:

🙋‍♀️ Shrimp. 

 

I really enjoy shrimp and never had a problem until last summer when I had a reaction out of the blue. I read the allergic reaction can get increasingly worse with each exposure and could even result in a dangerous outcome like closing airways and even death in some cases.  I suspect other shellfish would likely do the same thing so now I avoid all of it.  It’s a bummer but better safe  than sorry. 

 


@JeanLouiseFinch - My father-in-law, a widower, married a widow not long after DH and I married. Both were in their late 50's. My stepmother-in-law got really sick on their wedding night after eating shrimp. Like you, she liked shrimp and it had never bothered her before, and like you she would never eat shellfish again! 

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I have MANY food allergies; the worst offenders are honey, mushrooms and olives, followed by strawberries, egg whites and orange juice.   

 

Unknowingly eating a mushroom the size of a pencil eraser is the one thing that nearly sent me to the ER.   I no longer trust anyone else's cooking.   

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@JeanLouiseFinch wrote:

🙋‍♀️ Shrimp. 

 

I really enjoy shrimp and never had a problem until last summer when I had a reaction out of the blue. I read the allergic reaction can get increasingly worse with each exposure and could even result in a dangerous outcome like closing airways and even death in some cases.  I suspect other shellfish would likely do the same thing so now I avoid all of it.  It’s a bummer but better safe  than sorry. 


@JeanLouiseFinch @You might want to get allergy tested. Shrimp proteins are very specific. There are people that can eat prawns but not shrimp. Some can not eat either because there are some allergens/proteins that overlap in the species of animals. Curiously, I have a friend that has a reaction to shrimp but not to lobster, so he eats lobster. His wife has a reaction to lobster but not to shrimp. She orders lobster.

 

An allergy specialist will test for the specific proteins responsible for your allergies as well as alerting you to the severity of your allergy and whether there is a need for you to carry an epipen. Some allergic reactions can happen due to cross contamination of surfaces. It would be wise to know EXACTLY what you are allergic to. 

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@RedTop wrote:

I have MANY food allergies; the worst offenders are honey, mushrooms and olives, followed by strawberries, egg whites and orange juice.   

 

Unknowingly eating a mushroom the size of a pencil eraser is the one thing that nearly sent me to the ER.   I no longer trust anyone else's cooking.   


@RedTop @Do you have to avoid olive oil and whole oranges? I'm just curious. 

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@Mindy D 

I don't use olive oil in my cooking, and am not a fan of oranges.   I like grapefruit, but my body does not like citrus, period.   I can eat canned mandarin oranges.  

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@Mindy D wrote:

@JeanLouiseFinch wrote:

🙋‍♀️ Shrimp. 

 

I really enjoy shrimp and never had a problem until last summer when I had a reaction out of the blue. I read the allergic reaction can get increasingly worse with each exposure and could even result in a dangerous outcome like closing airways and even death in some cases.  I suspect other shellfish would likely do the same thing so now I avoid all of it.  It’s a bummer but better safe  than sorry. 


@JeanLouiseFinch @You might want to get allergy tested. Shrimp proteins are very specific. There are people that can eat prawns but not shrimp. Some can not eat either because there are some allergens/proteins that overlap in the species of animals. Curiously, I have a friend that has a reaction to shrimp but not to lobster, so he eats lobster. His wife has a reaction to lobster but not to shrimp. She orders lobster.

 

An allergy specialist will test for the specific proteins responsible for your allergies as well as alerting you to the severity of your allergy and whether there is a need for you to carry an epipen. Some allergic reactions can happen due to cross contamination of surfaces. It would be wise to know EXACTLY what you are allergic to. 


Thank you @Mindy D .  I’m actually going to do this soon. My ENT wrote a referral to an allergist for another reason.  I’m waiting for my appointment.  I intend to ask the allergist if they can include a food panel beside the airborne suspects.