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Have any childhood and lifelong allergies disappeared?

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Created February 02, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I've been allergic to uncooked apples and some kinds of fruit since I can remember, at least before the age of 4. I don't suspect this was a leaky gut problem. That was an early age and I did not have digestion problems. As a weakwilled child I would occasionally see an apple on a tree and try it anyway because I like the taste of apples and the allergic response is short lived coughing and irritation but not lifethreatening. Over the years, I mostly gave up trying more than maybe once time per year. A few months ago, there was another apple on my friend's tree and I took some bites and no allergy! I only ate one apple because I was unsure of the side effects but nothing happened. So a week later, I got some off another friend's tree and ate 2! I am usually not a fruit pig but it was such a pleasure to be able to eat them after all these years! I am now apparently no longer allergic to them or any of the other fruits (like breadfruit and mildly to peaches) that I once reacted towards.

I don't think this apple thing was a case of leaky gut causing allergies to commonly ingested foods. Instead, I suspect that maybe it was just a case of overall body response and inflammation changing. Doctors always act like allergies are forever. Anyone else here have gotten rid of childhood and lifelong allergies eating paleo?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 05, 2012
at 10:17 PM

The concept of the hygiene hypothesis therefore applies to both of these phenomenon- maybe early exposure to parasitic worms would stop the inappropriate production of IgE to harmless substances, as immunologists in Europe have been looking at for a while. Inflammation and "body balance" (not sure what was meant by that, nutritional balance?) surely will aggravate allergies, but there is also a genetic predisposition and aggravation by autoimmune disorders or states (pregnancy, MS, asthma etc).

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 05, 2012
at 10:13 PM

I meant maturing of the immune system to respond to a repeated stimuli- yes people develop new allergies because they are exposed to new things all the time. People who have not been exposed to tropical parasites (ie don't live around the equator, don't live in 3rd world conditions) have IgE being produced, but their body doesn't know what is appropriate and what is not. This is the basis of the hygiene hypothesis, which can help explain allergy variance in first world countries.

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on February 05, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Jenny, that would be more plausible if people often didn't develop allergies over time instead of just get rid of them. As far as I can tell the concept of "maturing immune system" is another one that, applied to allergies, is kind of a vague unproven statement. It's another explanation that sounds good but doesn't fit the facts well and doesn't really say much.

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on February 05, 2012
at 04:00 AM

"Growing out" is really really hard to define, but can literally just be the maturing of the immune system to figure out what is appropriate to respond to as a threat, and what is not.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on February 04, 2012
at 07:34 AM

Yes! I was thinking that the other day, I can eat MUCH spicier food now. I can now keep up with my friends who always clobbered me with the spicy food. It took me a while to figure it out. I had just assumed the foods I ate were less spicy, not that my tolerance had actually gone up. Hehe, I kept thinking the restaurant cooks had days when they put less spice in! Spice tolerance was something I had totally never even considered would likely change for any reason.

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on February 04, 2012
at 07:30 AM

The call it 'growing out' and due to 'many factors' but ironically, they don't seem to know much if anything about what those factors are. I am guessing the 'factors' have to due with inflammation and body balance.

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on February 04, 2012
at 07:29 AM

Most of my asmtha is gone but will sneak back a bit if I eat crap food.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on February 04, 2012
at 07:28 AM

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that. I also had cat allergy but I was one of the types that actually got better with increased exposure. Thus I could have a cat as long as I always had a cat and so did not lose my resistance. One time, I went a long time between cats and it was hell for 3 months till my allergies went back down. But I always did maintain some mild allergy to other people's cats. But that seems gone too now.

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on February 03, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Yay Mike!! I have a bad cat allergy too, and would LOVE to have it go away....

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

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on February 03, 2012
at 04:35 AM

Crud! I was so excited to say, 'yay Eva, hopefully my cat allergy will go the same way', and then I scrolled down to Senneth's comment. Ugh. It's one of the worst allergies; so many of my friends have cats and there is definitely a time limit when I go to visit. I'm still hoping, though! Good for you, Eva. That must be a joy.

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on February 03, 2012
at 04:10 AM

Piedmont. Parents live on a farm near Jordan Lake. Though I have friends and family elsewhere, so I know the state pretty well.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 03, 2012
at 02:56 AM

What part of NC Caleb, Mountians, Piedmont, or Coastal? I'm originally from Asheville... having a bout of homesickness lately...

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on February 02, 2012
at 10:30 PM

Me too--when it's just one or two cats. With three or four, I still have a reaction--probably psychological!

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:22 PM

No answer yet ... I am able to keep my allergy symptoms down quite well. But they did not disappear.

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on February 02, 2012
at 05:15 PM

My allergy to cats has gotten much much worse after years of Paleo eating. Although the two might not be correlated. I use to have 3-4 hours in a house with a cat (a clean house), now I have about an hour. My best friend has 4 cats and I can't be in her house for more than 10mins without sneezing and red eyes and asthma.

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on February 02, 2012
at 10:21 PM

My allergy to cats is gone. Usually when I'd visit someone with cats I'd have a bit of itchy eyes and sinus issues. But now that I'm paleo that's all gone. My guess is that since my base level of inflammation is low, the exposure to cats doesn't bring me above threshold and make me feel crappy.

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on February 02, 2012
at 10:30 PM

Me too--when it's just one or two cats. With three or four, I still have a reaction--probably psychological!

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

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on February 03, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Yay Mike!! I have a bad cat allergy too, and would LOVE to have it go away....

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on February 04, 2012
at 07:28 AM

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that. I also had cat allergy but I was one of the types that actually got better with increased exposure. Thus I could have a cat as long as I always had a cat and so did not lose my resistance. One time, I went a long time between cats and it was hell for 3 months till my allergies went back down. But I always did maintain some mild allergy to other people's cats. But that seems gone too now.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 03, 2012
at 02:58 AM

My Cat allergies are still pretty brutal, as are my mold and chitin (bugs) allergies. Not all cats make me ill, for example I actually had a Maine Coon that did not trigger allergies, but every cat besides that just kills me. I will say the symptoms are significantly lessened on Paleo, and that is true (they only last for about an hour after contact, instead of a day), but all the more noticeable now that I'm not sniffling year-round.

Most of my gut problems I had since childhood have gone.

I used to get a pretty severe mouth flush and blisters on my face from Horseradish. Those went away in my early 20's on their own... no Paleo involved.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on February 04, 2012
at 07:34 AM

Yes! I was thinking that the other day, I can eat MUCH spicier food now. I can now keep up with my friends who always clobbered me with the spicy food. It took me a while to figure it out. I had just assumed the foods I ate were less spicy, not that my tolerance had actually gone up. Hehe, I kept thinking the restaurant cooks had days when they put less spice in! Spice tolerance was something I had totally never even considered would likely change for any reason.

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on February 03, 2012
at 01:53 AM

My asthma (had it for 10 yrs) and seasonal allergies (had em for 20 yrs) are gone!

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on February 04, 2012
at 07:29 AM

Most of my asmtha is gone but will sneak back a bit if I eat crap food.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 03, 2012
at 02:56 AM

"Doctors always act like allergies are forever"- actually, if you talk to an allergist, they are obviously pretty knowledgeable of the fact that allergies change based on many factors. Sometimes you will react to an allergen in one environment, but not another, even if it is an identical allergen. Also the concept of "growing out of allergies" can be true for a lot of childhood allergies.

Some years my seasonal allergies are terrible, other years not so bad. I have grown out of a ragweed allergy, but my cottonwood allergy has gotten worse over time. My boyfriend grew out of anaphylactic allergies to milk, almonds, some shellfish, tropical fruits, eggs, soy, and tomatoes. He is still allergic to peanuts, cashews, fish, and some shellfish however. This occurred regardless of diet. We also both have really bad allergies to dust in Montreal, but not when we are at our childhood homes.

It is hard to pin what affects allergies, but I always ere on the side of caution (particularly for the BF). If you have an anaphylactic allergy ALWAYS get tested before trying out the food again!!!! Don't be like my mother-in-law who just tried giving my BF a peanut butter sandwich once a year "just to see"- that will turn into a child services investigation and a lot of dangerous near-death situations!

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 04, 2012
at 07:30 AM

The call it 'growing out' and due to 'many factors' but ironically, they don't seem to know much if anything about what those factors are. I am guessing the 'factors' have to due with inflammation and body balance.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 05, 2012
at 04:00 AM

"Growing out" is really really hard to define, but can literally just be the maturing of the immune system to figure out what is appropriate to respond to as a threat, and what is not.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 05, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Jenny, that would be more plausible if people often didn't develop allergies over time instead of just get rid of them. As far as I can tell the concept of "maturing immune system" is another one that, applied to allergies, is kind of a vague unproven statement. It's another explanation that sounds good but doesn't fit the facts well and doesn't really say much.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 05, 2012
at 10:17 PM

The concept of the hygiene hypothesis therefore applies to both of these phenomenon- maybe early exposure to parasitic worms would stop the inappropriate production of IgE to harmless substances, as immunologists in Europe have been looking at for a while. Inflammation and "body balance" (not sure what was meant by that, nutritional balance?) surely will aggravate allergies, but there is also a genetic predisposition and aggravation by autoimmune disorders or states (pregnancy, MS, asthma etc).

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 05, 2012
at 10:13 PM

I meant maturing of the immune system to respond to a repeated stimuli- yes people develop new allergies because they are exposed to new things all the time. People who have not been exposed to tropical parasites (ie don't live around the equator, don't live in 3rd world conditions) have IgE being produced, but their body doesn't know what is appropriate and what is not. This is the basis of the hygiene hypothesis, which can help explain allergy variance in first world countries.

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 03, 2012
at 02:52 AM

I'll be curious if my allergies to pollen are gone when the time comes around. Boy, would that be convenient. I love the oak trees in NC, but goodness they don't like me.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 03, 2012
at 04:10 AM

Piedmont. Parents live on a farm near Jordan Lake. Though I have friends and family elsewhere, so I know the state pretty well.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on February 03, 2012
at 02:56 AM

What part of NC Caleb, Mountians, Piedmont, or Coastal? I'm originally from Asheville... having a bout of homesickness lately...

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