|Oral Allergy Syndrome Sucks
||[May. 26th, 2011|04:43 pm]
Against the grain
Im 22 this year and when I was growing up, I thought the only thing I was allergic to was bee stings. This changed during High School after eating a museli bar and getting an immediate allergic reaction. At first I thought nothing of it, after all I rarely ate those sorts of bars. But then I started getting the exact same reaction with raw carrots, which I loved, I hated them cooked. My family didnt eat meat and 3 veg instead it was salad and meat. Both my mother and brother have food allergies as well. My mum cant have wheat, gluten, yeast or dairy. My brother takes special tablets so he can have dairy. So our dinners are pretty much the same everyday. Occasionally we would have veggies but we all proffered salads instead. I started getting this same reaction with all my salads! One after the other! Mum didnt think it was anything, probably some chemical perhaps on the salads. So I went back to having vegetables.
Now I have always liked fruit, but I simply adored apples. Especially the juicy ones. But to my horror I started getting the reaction to that as well. And my reactions were getting worse. I discovered that what I may have been allergic to in that muesli bar was a tree nut. And upon eating some rocky road chocolate that contained this and getting the same reaction, but strong enough that I felt my throat closing, that I started to consider going to the doctor.
Who quickly dismissed it and said to just avoid those foods and you'll be fine. But my allergy quickly spread to all fruits, except banana but I haven't tried it lately, all raw veggies and salads. Plus tree nuts and coconut...which doesn't really count but yeah. Now I was really frustrated. What the hell was I supposed to eat? Sure I could have cooked veggies, although every now and again I get a minor reaction. But other alternatives didn't seem to help at all. And no one believed me. My brother and I think my dad too, both just thought well since I wasn't a big salad eater and veggie lover anyway , that I was just saying that so I didnt have to eat them!
Finally I decided to ask another doctor, who immedialty realised that It was way out of her depth to deal with. She recommended me to an allergy specialist and sent a referral and me off to a blood test, which luckily are free. Now I should say, I live in a small country town, in the middle of nowhere, in the state of Victoria, Australia. The nearest allergist was in Melbourne, three hours away. So off I went.
The first thing he did was ask me about my health. Now, I have a really screwed up body... and I am not exaggerating. So I listed off everything, which includes Allergic Rhinits, many different kinds of eczema and Asthma. He gave me the prick test with many different liquids dropped on to my arm. Within minutes it started to itch. Soon I had all these raised red bumps on my skin! Some large some small. He looked at it and I just knew bad news was coming.
What I have is Oral Allergy Syndrome, and in its milder form people are only allergic to a few things. But he said to me, that he sees people like me maybe 3 times a year, four at the most. Mine is rare and unusual, something that didnt surprise me considering my weird body. Those three things I mentioned, the rhinits, eczema, etc are all related to my allergy. He gave me a note to have a special blood test. He says some of the things I am allergic to may be able to be treated, even cured with vaccines! But we won't know until I get the results. In the meantime I am incredibly frustrated.
I want to loose weight but all the foods Im meant to have Im allergic too! And I dont know what to do, in this little town there arent many alternatives. I've tried organic as well, it doesn't help either. >< Nothing helps and no one believes me when I say I cant eat this Im allergic, eating out is difficult. Is there anyone who can help?! I feel like I dont have any alternative options here!
So I rang the allergist's office to make an appointment, because i want to start treatment asap, but he's overseas! D: until the 14th of june! >< thats just great.