Oil Allergy? Who Do I See?
November 3, 2012 9:37 PM Subscribe
Soy, peanut, cottonseed, sunflower, palm, rapeseed, and coconut oils make me super sick. Which doctor do I see?
posted by These Birds of a Feather to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Over the past six years I've grown increasingly more aware that I have stomach and skin problems after I eat any food prepared with the following oils: soy, peanut, cottonseed, sunflower, palm, rapeseed, and coconut. Hydrogenated and fractionated oils produce particularly bad skin reactions (bizarre cystic acne, weird hives, etc). I do not have problems with canola oil or olive oil and can eat both freely.
Lately my sensitivity to the aforementioned oils has been much more pronounced and prolonged and I frequently have debilitating cramps and stomach issues that I have a hard time treating. The stomach reactions occur within 10 to 20 minutes of eating foods prepared with any of the above oils; the skin issues occur within a few hours. This is starting to really frustrate and embarrass me as I can't tell if what I have is an allergy, a sensitivity, or a sign that something else is wrong and this is just a tip of the iceberg.
If I were to go to a doctor, who would be more able to help me identify what's going on? Would I fare better with an allergist or a gastroenterologist? I have limited ability to take time off work right now so I'm trying to be strategic about the appointments I do make.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, particularly if you or someone you know also has problems with these oils.