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Old 11-23-2007, 10:52 PM
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diagnosing a food allergy?

I went to a vegan thanksgiving dinner tonight, and my friends had cooked this beautiful meal, but all of a sudden I started feeling horrible and basically lay down and couldn't move for 3 hours, my stomach had bloated up HUGE and I couldn't breath very well, finally ended up barfing repeatedly, and now I feel a million times better, but it was absolutely horrible. So now I'm trying to figure out what I had an allergic reaction to because I need to NEVER eat whatever it was ever again. I've gone through what I ate that was out of the ordinary- anyone ever heard of allergies to anything on this list? Anyone know how to test for a food allergy? Sorry for the yuckness

chestnuts
tempeh
chickpeas
some kind of wheat gluten used in the chickpea cutlets
soy
kimchi
barley
vegan butter (I think it was something like margarine)
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:25 AM
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most things that you listed are possible allergens, and some of them like soy and chestnuts are common allergens.

there's two different things it could be, either a food allergy or food intolerance. food allergies usually involve an inflammatory response like sking hives or swelling of the airway, but can sometimes also include what you described. they can be tested by blood tests or something that's basically a prick test. also, food challenges will tell you what you are allergic to.

food intolerances are things like lactose intolerance, and basically end up in you feeling sick. i dont think they can be tested other than by food challenges.

if it is the wheat glutein that is causing it, then that could a food allergy called celiac disease. but it's unlikely you wouldn't have noticed gastrointestinal problems before because wheat glutein is in other grains like barley and wheat.

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Old 11-24-2007, 08:26 AM
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Go to your doctor, and he/she will send you to an allergy specialist. From there he/she will carry out some tests, usually a prick test, and you will told a list of things that you are allergic too--i.e. dogs, grass, peanuts, apples, etc.. I've had the prick test done twice. Once when I was maybe 10, and again when I was 18. As you get older, allergies develop and some go away. So what you may not have been allergic to previously, you may now be unable to consume and vice versa. It could also be a combination of different foods. I'm allergic to things such as oranges and apples. I can eat them separately and have no reaction, but when I eat them together I'll break out in small rashes on my arms. Until you get tested you'll probably want to be careful about what you consume just to be on the safe side.
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Old 11-28-2007, 08:05 AM
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Your symptoms sound more like food poisioning - especially if your vomiting was forceful.
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Old 11-28-2007, 08:28 PM
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assuming you don't eat chestnuts regularly (they're not quite as common in everyday fare...) I'd assume first that you could have a secret tree nut allergy. Otherwise, what you experienced sounds like something that happens with celiac disease.

I feel your pain--I'm allergic to milk protein and with my allergic shiners, I singlehandedly keep Maybelline's undereye concealer on the market
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:05 PM
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Your symptoms sound more like food poisioning - especially if your vomiting was forceful.
I agree! Sounds like food poisoning.

My BIL had a massive food allergy attack at Disney last year after eating something with pine nuts in it! Crazy!
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:15 PM
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I think it's worth looking at a food allergy. I throw up from food allergies sometimes. That's how we found out I'm allergic to penicillan.

Just go to an allergist and get the pin-prick test. It's not worth risking. Hopefully you're in the clear and it was just a case of food poisoning though.
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:03 PM
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It also sounds like food poisoning to me or maybe something didn't agree with you. I had a similar reaction years ago and the only thing I can remember having that was out of the ordinary was an Odwalla Superfood smoothie. It's one of the drinks with spirulina algae which I had before in a smaller quantity.

Whenever I have had allergic reactions to foods, it involved itchy throat and pallet and breaking out in hives.
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:44 AM
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Food poisoning usually takes 6-8 hrs to set in, time for the bacteria/virus to multiply and make you sick, or time for the body to ingest the toxins they have produced (food poisoning/food infection). Did anyone else get sick? If not, food poisoning is highly unlikely IMO.
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:51 PM
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^no one else got sick except for me, but I did ask my mom about those foods and she said I had a bad reaction to chestnuts when I was little, apparently I had forgotten, so sadly no more chestnuts for me I think I will try and make an allergist appointment anyway, because I need to figure out in general foods/plants that I'm allergic to. Thanks for all the advice, everyone!
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:12 PM
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Probably the chestnuts if you have had a prior reaction.

You should be tested for all nuts though.

Food allergies can spring up at any time, even if you have eaten that food for years. Sometimes you might just get a small reaction but you never know when it will turn into full blown anaphylaxis. Not fun. Happened to me on my wedding night from Frangelico, which contains nuts, one of my prior favorite food groups.

6 months later I had a reaction to lobster. I have eaten it my entire life.

I am not an expert but I was an EpiPen rep for 6 years (and never had a food allergy then...LOL). I am a full believer that if you have had any sort of reaction to food that caused impaired breathing, you should carry one. You just never know when the reaction is going to be life threatening and when it isn't. At minimal, always carry Benadryl with you wherever you go.

Also, Primary care physicians have very little training in allergies so it is best to ask to see an allergy specialist.

If this reaction made breathing difficult, it could be worse next time.

From the EpiPen website:
Symptoms
Symptoms of food allergies can range from mildly irritating to life threatening. The most common symptoms of food allergies are:
  • Hives
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
Other symptoms typical of anaphylaxis generally include:
  • Swelling of the throat, lips, or tongue
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Metallic taste or itching in the mouth
  • Generalized flushing, itching, or redness of the skin (hives)
  • Nausea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Plunging blood pressure (and accompanying paleness)
  • Sudden feeling of weakness
  • Anxiety or an overwhelming sense of doom
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness
sorry for the mini-book.

Just don't let this be handed off as a food intolerance. If you had trouble breathing, that is NOT good.

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Old 12-04-2007, 10:58 PM
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motech- thanks so much for that information. I know all about the epipen because I used to take one of the kids I babysit to his weekly allergy shots. As soon as all my apps are in I am going to set up an allergist appointment. I already have benadryl and an inhaler nearby at most times for hay fever allergies, but I am going to be careful of common food allergy foods until I see the doc. Hopefully it is limited to chestnuts, but my dad had a variety of food allergies, including chocolate, dairy, and oranges, when he was younger (that went away as he got older), so I think I have it in my genes to be sensitive to stuff.
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:59 PM
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yeah you should probably lay off all tree nuts until you can get this allergy stuff sorted out. have the dr. do both IgE (which is like the hives allergies and probably what you had with tree nuts and all that) and IgG (which is the protein intolerance type thing like I have with dairy and celiacs have with wheat)...some drs. don't think to do both.
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