Oral Allergy Syndrome

ImageHave you ever eating anything that made your mouth itch uncontrollably and not be able to itch it?  Have you ever enjoyed a dish only to notice that your lips tingle and feel swollen?  Maybe you’ve felt your tongue swell and you felt able to touch places in your mouth that you normally don’t feel?  I have experienced those things.

For a very long time now I have wondered if I have an allergy to almonds.  I love almonds.  I would eat some and feel an itchy sensation on my tongue and gums.  I ignored it for a long time.

While I was pregnant, Hubby made me eat veggies.  I don’t like very many veggies at all.  He made me gag down broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.  But if I had to eat them, I was going to smother them in ranch.  After that, I came to really like eating the broccoli.  My oldest is now nine and about a year ago, maybe two, I noticed that my lips tingled and felt swollen when I ate it.  After some testing of my own to pinpoint the problem, I found out it was the broccoli.

About the same time, I discovered that corn made me react also.  With this experience, I felt my tongue swell.  It was difficult to swallow.  My next decision was to have the dr do a test.  She did an IgE blood test.  It came back that I was allergic to peanuts and some other things.  It was not a much as I wanted to know though.  Still, I was given an epi-pen to carry around.

I continued to eat peanuts and peanut butter.  I had never reacted to it, so I felt safe.  I stayed away from fruits and veggies that were uncooked though.

One day, it happened.  I reacted to the peanut butter.  I did not want to shoot myself with an epi-pen, so I drank some benadryl to right the affects of my tongue swelling.  That is another story.

But now, I have to be very careful, and stay away from peanut butter.  That is sad.

My FIL decided to give  me my Christmas gift early this year.  It is a Nutribullet.  He knows that I enjoyed juicing.  I decided to find out last night if there if I am suffering from allergies or food intolerance.  I found out that there is a such thing as Oral Allergy Syndrome and it matched all of  my symptoms, whereas the food intolerance did not.

My next steps will be:

  1. Call dr on Monday to make appt to meet with an allergist and get prick test done
  2. Keep food diary and how I am feeling journal
  3. Read book for Nutribullet

I will also be starting some posts on using my Nutribullet and maybe a journey in new eating habits!  So stay tuned!

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen
Ephesians 3:20-21

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