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Increased sensitivity to allergens when intermittent fasting - solution?

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Created December 20, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Up until recently i'd never had an allergic reaction to anything in my life.

Then, after fasting for ~16 hours or so, i ate some alpine strawberries from my garden. I got a horrible itchy red rash around my mouth that lasted two or three days.

The other night i had a similar, though less severe reaction to a red bell pepper i had cooked in a stir fry (again, eaten following a fast).

Has anyone else experienced anything similar? Any ideas for reasons/solutions?

I haven't eaten strawberries since as the reaction was so unpleasant, but i'd hate to give up peppers.

71e078b9000a360364fd039bae64dabf

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on December 21, 2011
at 09:28 AM

Well, strawberries aren't in season again for another six months or so, so i'm safe for a while...

71e078b9000a360364fd039bae64dabf

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on December 21, 2011
at 09:28 AM

Thanks, my gut feeling is that that would work. I'll try it.

71e078b9000a360364fd039bae64dabf

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on December 20, 2011
at 03:09 PM

I've been IF-ing for upwards of six months now. I don't think i have had strawbs for breakfast before. No other symptoms except for the itchy rash. It's not so important i suppose but i'd hate to develop similar reactions to other foods.

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on December 20, 2011
at 02:11 PM

How long have you been doing IF? Did you previously eat strawberries for breakfast? Did you have any other symptoms - restricted breathing etc? I would be very surprised if 16 hours made a radical difference of the 10+ hours most people spend without food, but a change in context may reveal a sensitivity you weren't aware of I guess. Or it could have just been some bugs in the garden.

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on December 21, 2011
at 03:20 AM

I don't know if this would be comfortable for you, but I always start the first meal after a fast with fatty meat/eggs or even extra-fat yogurt (I make my own and I add 1/4 c. cream to ea. 3/4 c. of whole milk.)

The meal can include vegetables and/or fruit, but I don't touch them until I've eaten the meat. Since I adopted that "rule" I haven't had any reactions to carbs and I eat the same ones I reacted to without problems. My reactions had more to do with BG readings and instant fatigue than skin rashes, though.

71e078b9000a360364fd039bae64dabf

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on December 21, 2011
at 09:28 AM

Thanks, my gut feeling is that that would work. I'll try it.

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on December 21, 2011
at 02:15 AM

Well it seems your solution is to avoid eating strawberries for breakfast, or try it again and see if you have the same reaction.

71e078b9000a360364fd039bae64dabf

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on December 21, 2011
at 09:28 AM

Well, strawberries aren't in season again for another six months or so, so i'm safe for a while...

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