Elusive food allergies
May 31, 2005 8:18 AM Subscribe
I have elusive food allergies, and I'm looking for strategies. (Yes, I've seen an allergist, who was less help than I'd like.)
posted by Caviar to health & fitness (18 answers total)
I've had at least two full blown non-anaphylactic reactions to Indian food (hives, full-body itching, etc...). All suspect spices turned up negative on skin patch tests. On several occasions since, I've had minor reactions to other spices - I get flushed and my heart rate goes up, but it fades after five minutes or so if I stop eating the problem. I've recently traced this kind of reaction to something in Old Bay seasoning. My allergist's answer was "We don't know what caused the first kind of reaction, so come back if it happens again. For the second thing, that's an MSG-type reaction and it's not possible to identify what's actually causing it."
Everyone else I know who has food allergies knows what they're allergic to, so I find it endlessly frustrating to not be able to ask that certain things not be included, and then suddenly end up in front of a plate of food I can't eat.
Do you have something like this? Do you know what causes it? How did you find out what it was?