Patient Comments: Food Allergy - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with a food allergy.

Comment from: Lewis rd, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 11

My daughter has been tested for 60 different types of food, but we still don't know what is causing the bump on the inside of her lip. We have to give her Benadryl for two days to keep the swelling down. She is very upset because she is being so cautious about what she is eating. She eats all-natural foods with no dyes or artificial colors or flavors. We think that raw red peppers are one of the bad ones.

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Comment from: dee dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

Since October I have been experiencing swelling and itching on the upper lip that eventually subsides and becomes a dark, itchy rash. I have seen an allergist and been tested for latex, dental medications (since the reaction occurred after a dental visit), as well as spices, such as curry, oregano, and tomatoes. All have come back negative or within normal ranges. The reactions appear to occur after spaghetti sauce, and to Kentucky Fried Chicken. I am still lost, and so is my doctor, since the food diary has not helped.

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Comment from: Confused, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I have never had food allergies until recently when I ate a caramel apple with peanuts and started having a reaction. I developed hives on my lips. It was strange because the only thing I've ever been allergic to is pollen and your typical spring allergens.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I have had severe reactions to sunflower seeds twice. The first came from a trail mix and began with my throat itching. Then my throat closed about half-way and I began to vomit. On the way to the hospital I broke out in huge hives on my hands and elsewhere. An adrenalin shot ended the attack but I didn't feel well for about a week. The second time was from a whole-grain muffin. I first got a very sore throat, hot flushing and vomiting. Again adrenalin took care of it. I now carry an epipen and question ingredients in restaurants.

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Comment from: Nurse01, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have never had food allergies before until now. It started a few months back when I went out for lunch with my friends. I have always been known as a picky eater, therefore I stick to foods that I am familiar with. It was shocking to see me develop swelling in my face, eyes, lips, hands, and even my feet. It even caused me to miss days from work. I went to an allergist and they drew my blood and they couldn't find anything wrong. Now I do not eat foods I do not prepare myself but I still have reactions from time to time. Things that I used to eat frequently are no longer an option, even some things I prepare myself are still causing reactions.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: September 25

I have an allergic reaction about once every month. I have been tested by an allergist and they cannot find out why. My mouth swells inside the lining of the lips and outside the lip area. It stretches out so much and burns excessively to the point that I have to go and get injections of Benadryl and steroids. I had an attack on Tuesday morning Sept. 22, 2008 and it still has not gone down. In fact my face is swollen around the lip area. Monday night prior to the reaction, I ate hot fudge cake. I read the ingredients and it said allergy note: this product contains wheat, soy, and milk and egg. I can't figure out why this happens. And it's different foods that I eat.

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Comment from: 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 26

We had several doctors who did not even consider the possibility of a food allergy. My son was treated for asthma for several years before an allergist did a scratch and blood test that showed us exactly what his allergy is: Eggs. He has been egg-free for almost a year now, and we no longer go to the emergency room over simple colds! I never even considered a food allergy until a friend suggested it. Why are doctors so reluctant to even suggest it?

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Published: July 17

My suggestion is to get a complete allergy test using your blood. This will let you know what foods and environmental things that are affecting your body. It is very complete in letting you know what is causing allergy symptoms. I was surprised to learn all my favorite foods I was allergic to.

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