So just a couple weeks ago I took a skin allergy test- and I am literally allergic to everthing. All the trees, grasses, weeds, dust, mold, pets etc. they tested for. A couple days later I took a blood test for nuts and -you guessed it- am allergic to basically all nuts too.
I'm a really healthy individual, as a kid I ate a lot of greens and fruits. But now, since my pollen allergies are so bad, I'm beginning to not be able to eat these foods because my body is reacting to the pollin in the food thinking it's the pollen in the air and is giving me a mild reaction.
In short- how in the heck can I get over this. I'm honestly desperate. I'm only 21 and this is just so cruel to me.
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on August 11, 2015
at 12:47 AM
Thats really rough! My last allergy test I was allergic to 60 or the 110 things they tested me for, including lots of food. But I've had food allergies since I was a child, so it was a shock to me.
I really hope the allergist gave you a lot of info on elimination diets and possible treatments (if not, either bug them until they do, or get a new allergist). The allergy skin test for food allergies has a lot of false positives. For example I test as allergic to pork on my skin, but have no trouble eating it. I guess the digestive juices break apart that particular protien, so my immune cells can't react to it. The only way to be sure you're allergic to a food is to eliminate it from your diet, wait a couple weeks to a month, then try it again and see if you have symptoms.
For me allergies add up: if I'm exposed to a dog I get asthma and itchy skin and a runny nose. But I'm also more sensitive to foods for the next week. Each allergy that you can manage or limit means the others are more likely to subside.
There are a lot of good websites about food allergies and how to do an elimination diet. There's also lots of cookbooks for food allergies, if you like home cooking. And most restaurants will try to find something you can eat, if you tell the server about your allergies as soon as you sit down. I carry a allergy alert card that the server can take back to the cook, and usually it works great.
Allergies can be made worse by poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep, not enough exercise etc. Try to stay healthy, and get lots of support from friends/family/doctors. I routinely see a masseuse, chiropractor, allergist, and sometimes a counsellor when it gets too frustrating or depressing. Also make sure to have fun: as a culture, American's are obsessed with food as a social activity. But skiing, surfing, dancing, singing, boating, crafts, museums, festivals keep me from worrying too much about what I eat, and give me something fun to do with friends instead of having dinner together.
It's totally unfair to get a disease that doctors barely understand and don't have good treatments for. Hang in there!