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What Have Been Your Experiences With MILD Food Allergies?

I have started a new category in the PEERtrainer Tip Of The Day blog, and I really want your help with something. I know that many people have severe reactions to certain foods- but many of us also have very mild symptoms, which if identified could lead to real improvement in our lives.

Very curious to know what your experiences have been, what you have observed.



Tue. Dec 23, 11:42am

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I am mildly allergic to raw apples. Any kind or amount of apple makes me feel as if I had a bellyfull of sour green crabapples. It can make my stomach hurt for a couple of hours. Some varieties, notably Macintoshes, make my mouth itch as well. The allergy developed when I was in my mid-to-late twenties; as a kid I couldn't get enough apples!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 12:17 PM

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what kind of "mild allergy" are we speaking?

I consider myself very 'allergic' to wheat- however, I don't have anaphalaxis reactions. I just get bloated, cranky, watery eyed, emotional (kinda like pms on steroids...) and pro-longed exposure (meaning a diet that has wheat in it) leads to asthma, depression, acne, GERD, and migraines...

Corn also leads to migraines and acne for me.

Often it depends on whether or not the food causes and IgG or IgE response. Technically I have a food intolerance as opposed to allergy given that it's not an official histamine response, however it's clear my body is very adversely affected by consuming wheat or corn. Taking an anti-histamine is not going to affect my food intolerance at all. There is a difference between food allergies and intolerances, and knowing the difference may be important to an accurate response to the OP's question.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 3:53 PM

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this is an extremely helpful distinction, thank you.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 4:03 PM

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I'm the 3:53 poster- checked the link, clearly the OP is not differentiating between food intolerances and food allergies, even though there is a HUGE difference. Allergy is thrown around when intolerance should be used.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 4:05 PM

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and when I say "thrown around" I don't specifically mean by the OP. I hear a LOT of people say allergic when they mean intolerant, and I admit I sometimes do just because explaining the difference to people can be tiresome in social circumstances.

I might also add, that while the link mentions a small amount can often be consumed, I haven't experienced that with wheat. Even the smallest amount creates a reaction in me. Granted, small amount means a smaller reaction, but I can still tell if I've been "contaminated" when eating out. (My home is wheat free and corn)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 4:07 PM

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When I eat wheat my skin starts to turn red over time. mostly neck face and ears. If I eat a lot my face starts to get puffy as well. When I stop, the skin gets back to normal and then flakes off where the red was.

When I eat dairy and butter of any kind I develop pus filled bumps on my legs and elsewhere on my body. When I stop eating dairy they go away. When I am at a restaurant and ask for butter free dishes- I sometimes get a couple bumps anyway. It is very hard to get rid of butter in a restaurant.

Restaurants that specifically have a gluten free menu seem pretty good and getting rid of the allergens (or intolerants).

And it is funny- antihistamines do help somewhat, especially when the wheat allergy puffs up the face. Not sure what I have is categorized as, but it is not anphlaxic or whatever that word is. Thank god.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 4:32 PM

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Hey everyone. I have over 40 food allergies and so does my daughter. Then there's all the medication and chemicals we have allergies to as well.

My daughter experiences coughing that lasts for about a month and her skin will feel like it's on fire, then break out. We have taken her to over 15 doctors, did 2 surgeries on her sinuses and adnoids, and been to 3 dermatologists, and a pediatric allergies and asthma doc. Nothing worked. She has experienced this since she was 9 months old (she's now 8). Anyway, 2 years ago I had a consultation with an osteopath and he figured it out right away and ordered blood work for us. We figured it out and now do homeopathic supplements for her.

My allergies are quite different. Itchy, red chest, swelling, light headed, bloated, stomach issues, and I will feel like I'm drunk some times.

I'd be happy to help anyone out or answer questions since we've done extensive treatment and research on food allergies. Let me know if I can help anyone.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 4:47 PM

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whatever you want to share fab, please do.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 5:41 PM

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I am mildly lactose intolerant. Have to be careful about quantities and qualities of dailry I consume so I go the lactose free route (use Lactaid products and go fat free).

If I am not careful I end up bent over with stomach and intestinal problems. I have learned my limits and don't have to pay much attention theae days. I am pretty automatic with my choices.

No more large servings of ice cream for me. This problem is a blessing!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 10:57 AM

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I have a bunch of food allergies most of them arent bad enough to deter me from eating small amounts of things I shouldnt... Most of my symptoms include intense hacking to the point the I loose my voice and sometimes vomit from all the coughing. Rashes in my joints, and fever.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 11:56 AM

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