Most people around here goto Allergists for Food "allergies" But I've discovered with my son and myself, there is a very big difference between food allergies and food sensitivities.
And the "allergist" didn't help us at all... If you can find someone that tests both, you may have better luck. But depending on your symptoms, we ended up doing better with an elimination diet and then figuring out what was OK from there. Instead of the other way around.
I went to an allergist and had a skin test done for all these things and he said that I have no allergies to anything but my cat. When I told him I flared up when eating certain nuts, he just shook his head and said to moisturize constantly and admitted that none of these tests are really conclusive!
On the flip side, naturopaths can do food sensitivity tests. I tracked my food intake for 2 months and made a list of food that I had bad reactions to (I have eczema). I went to a naturopath and selected 90 foods to be tested and strangely enough, most of the food I listed were on the highly reactive list. I eliminated them for a month and one by one re-introduced the food and I was fine for a long time.
I highly recommend a food journal where you input everything, including what you drink. Through process of elimination, you'd be surprised at what you might be reactive to. Tests aren't always accurate but the body doesn't lie!
Hi Tigs, I noticed you said you have eczema. I also have a form called dyshidrosis. I've seen from research that this may be from a nickel allergy, have you had any experience with a nickel allergy? Sometimes I am really confused what I should eliminate from my diet. It seems like everything I eat is on the high nickel lists. Plus they don't know what causes this condition, so not even sure if I do indeed have a nickel allergy, i just don't know what else to try.
I've been to an allergy specialist who conducted the skin prick test on me and I came up allergic to lots of grasses, pollens and plants as well as mildew/mould but the allergist didn't test me for any foods. A few years ago I went to a newer place that uses a different method and I came up sensitive to gluten, soy, corn and LOT of other things! I was treated for a few of the worst ones ( yeast, mould/mildew) but I never went back for the foody ones. The best way is to note how you feel after eating and try eliminating the food you think you are reacting to. Re-introduce it and notice if you react again.
I usually have oatmeal for breaksfast, but today I had an oatmeal waffle that also had whote flour in it. Now I have a headache that is really annoying....could it be the white flour in the waffle? That's the only thing I can think of...is it common for people to have sensitivities to flour? Is it the wheat or the gluten (are they the same thing???) Just trying to figure out what I need to avoid in the future... Thanks for any help you can give me!
I went to an allergist and tested allergic to everything. Literally. Badly deathly allergic. And I don't think the tests were wrong - I've gone into anaphilactic shock. But here's what I learned: some foods, when cooked, are just fine. So even though I'm allergic to every fruit and vegetable ever, I can eat cooked foods. Cooking changes the protein structure, and could eliminate the protein that you're reacting to.
I've also noticed that I have really allergic days and I have days when I'm fine. Example: I've fainted from the smell of peanuts. I've also had a drink that I found out too-late was peanut-juice (mixed with rootbeer and licorice - it was actually good), and had no reaction.
There are also foods I'm intolerant of, in a non-allergic way. Like cashews make my body do something gross that I've read is only a reaction to a certain fish (that I obviously don't eat). Not allergic, but I'm still gonna skip them.
I would say....get tested if you want, but really the tests get you only so far. Pay attention to what you eat and how it makes you feel. Isolate foods if you're not sure which you're reacting to, and start to keep a sense of which allergies are worst and which you can push a little for nutrition/variety sake.
I'm allergic to soy, but I eat it all the time. I think by the time it becomes soymilk or tofu, whatever caused the allergy has been cooked out.
Soy milk ironically is one of the things I have the biggest problems with so I just don't use it. Otherwise I really don't know but I am extremely curious because Justin talks about food allergies and sensitivities and acne. If I don't use certain skin care products my skin is a mess, so I'm wondering if this is what it is.
Brigid, my son has reaction to Cashews (severe stomach cramps and bathroom business) also almonds. But no other nut or tree nut causes him problems. Docs have said that is "nonsense" you either are allergic to nuts or your not. And I've learned that is Soooo not the case. He had the pricker tests and blood work, to find no allergies AT ALL. And yet, there are at least 10 different foods that he can NOT have without gut issues or migraines.
I have horrible flu like symptoms from Eggs. Almost Anything with Eggs...But if I should eat a cookie with eggs, I have no reaction. So something about baking makes it OK. I just avoid them though wherever possible.
Very interesting how all our bodies react differently to different things.