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Do You Know Someone With a Food Allergy?

I suffer from seasonal and pet allergies, but I'm so thankful I don't have any allergies to food. Many people do, though, and it seems these allergies are more common than ever. It's evident when you go food shopping or to a restaurant, and food labels proclaiming products as gluten-free or nut-free are growing more and more prevalent. It's great that these foods are available since reactions can be fatal. So I was wondering . . .

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digibron digibron 8 years
I have a friend allergic to peanuts. I also met someone recently who is allergic to spices!
jennaboa jennaboa 8 years
I have Celiac, as does my best friend's mother. Celiac isn't really an allergy -- it's an inherited autoimmune response that the a genetically susceptible person's body has to gluten. And it sucks. Especially on the holidays. EmyAnne's entry made me cry because, really, having any sort of reaction to food is a trial, but during the holidays it becomes the worst sort of nightmare because all you see are foods you can't eat. Which means, skip the office kitchen and zip through the ads on TV. Celiac isn't so simple as taking croutons off the salad (b/c you can get cross-contamination from that). After you are diagnosed; your world becomes a montage of food labels; changing your makeup and hair products so you won't get the dreaded celiac eczema (and *all* the expensive brands use wheat proteins of some sort or tocopherol, which is Vitamin E derived from wheat); making sure your dates brush, floss and gargle with listerine before letting them kiss you (kills the mood, most times); dealing with grumpy family members that don't get it; warning restaurant staff and being told you can't safely eat anywhere so maybe you should leave (it happens); and spending an absolute fortune on unsatisfying cardboard-consistencied recreations of pasta, bread, etc. The list is endless and the disease is horrible, as bad as brown rice pasta. Ugh. That's bad.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i do know quite a few people that have food allergies and i think that it's interesting to see that the numbers are going up and up over the years. when i was a kid there were very few people that had them - my mom and oldest brother are allergic to shellfish - but that's about it. i feel like every kid now has a major food allergy and that has to be attributed to something...right?
Stellanz Stellanz 8 years
My husband and his youngest daughter who had an anaphylactic reaction not that long ago. she is now so thin as she's scared to eat anything even if we guarantee it doesn't have anything it in. She's only 5 i think she needs counseling has anyone had anything like this?
brookrene brookrene 8 years
EmyAnne - sorry to hear that about your friends...maybe you could suggest that you would bring your own meal over to their house so that you can enjoy your time with them and still eat food that does not cause an allergic reaction? Sparklestar - What a shame about your boyfriends mother. That shows a lack of respect for you on her part. If she knows you can't eat certain things she should try to accommodate you. She could plan out a meal for you in advance, ask you to help her pick out a menu that you can be a part of eating also (good bonding time), or maybe make a few choice items that are your favorite. As for myself, thankfully I'm not allergic to anything that I know of. I did have the full gamut of celiac tests run a few months ago and all came back a-okay! However, a lot of family has the gluten allergy and my grandmother has both celiac and a lactose intolerance. She brings her own food to places if we go out to eat.
Cheyen Cheyen 8 years
I'm allergic to apples, pineapple, cherries and some nuts. It makes my throat itchy, except when its processed.
beansandsyke beansandsyke 8 years
gluten intollerant for me. isnt stopping me from going to culinary school for baking and pastry. ha
sudenmorsian sudenmorsian 8 years
I know one guy who as a child had a list of things he COULD eat: so many allergies that listing them would make a longer list. His safe-to-eat list was one hand-written page long. No eggs, dairy, gluten, most fruits (only raspberry, blueberry and tangerine were ok), most vegetables (cucumber was ok but basically nothing else as raw), most meat (wild birds were ok, I recall), spices (except for juniper berry, salt and sugar) and so on. His school desk needed to be cleaned without soap because the soap traces caused him a rash - even through clothing! I'm happy for him that somehow most of his allergies went away when he got older. I was amazed to hear that nowadays he can have even gluten and dairy which used to cause a severe reaction.
EmyAnne EmyAnne 8 years
That means no eating out- no ice cream- no chocolate- no romantic dinner dates with my hubby. I get to chop and cook every, sinlge, meal!
EmyAnne EmyAnne 8 years
Oh my yes, I have allergies. I am allergic to all meat, gluten and wheat, sesame, dairy, cane sugar, eggs, peanuts, soy, yeast, and some fruits. I spent Christmas crying, as I have the last 3 years since I became severely allergic. EVERYTHING social is revolved around food and it's torture when you are have as many allergies as I do. Friends don't invite us over anymore because it's too hard to do dinner together or anything like that. I get to sit and watch everyone eat at get together and smell all the amazing smells, things smell so much better when you can't eat them. I also get mad at people who complain about how things taste or "this is too much food" it makes me want to yell and tell people to appreciate that they don't get deathly ill from ingesting normal food. It's very hard and I struggle with it daily.
Vsugar Vsugar 8 years
I am allergic to, sitting down???? Beef, pork, chicken and all other poultry, eggs, walnuts, and pecans. PHEW. It makes eating out EXTREMELY difficult, because so many dishes, even pasta dishes, vegetable dishes, and fish and lamb dishes are made with CHICKEN STOCK - I have to ask the kitchen specifically if any dishes have "hidden" chicken, beef, or pork products in them. AND, it makes me feel like an a**hole - I've reached the point now where I just ALWAYS eat BEFORE I go to a dinner party, because I can't possibly expect people to accommodate my insane list of allergies. The really interesting thing, ATTENTION ALL VEGGIES: I've been out to restaurants before, and I ask if, say, a pasta dish has chicken stock in it, and waitress smiles and says NO, and then I say: "Well, I'm not asking because I'm a vegetarian, I'm asking because I'm allergic to chicken." And then she freezes, and smiles again and says, "Oh, yeah, it DOES have chicken stock in it." OR "Oh, I'll check with the kitchen." (and then it invariably does - This has happened at least a half dozen times, people!! So if you ask if a dish is vegetarian, just know that they might be lying to you!!
booglass booglass 8 years
I know several people with food allergies and several people with fake food allergies. I adjust my cooking when I entertain for both.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I'm allergic to shrimp. I think the actual allergy is to shellfish in general [crawfish, oysters, clams], but it's not worth the agony to find out! @_@ I know a lot of people who are allergic to shrimp, to strawberries, to tomatoes, even to cheese. It's tons of fun when we go out to eat! :)
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Oh wait! Hotdogs that aren't kosher (oh God the agony!!), heavily processed lunchmeats, more than a couple ounces of beef and MSG. I react to many preservatives and nitrates now because I mostly eat whole foods.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I'm allergic to beer. My kid's stepmother's allergic to everything!! it seems, and my ex has a lot of allergies- I hope they don't decide to have a child!
nenamarie nenamarie 8 years
My brother is 22 and just found out he has MS. That means he can't have any gluten (no grains or sugar,) no saturated fat, no dairy and no legumes. It really makes me angry about people who choose to starve themselves. I used to be one of them until now. He's really inspiring:)
mellow2424 mellow2424 8 years
I'm allergic to cantaloupe and watermelon. And pineapple if I have more than once slice. It's so sad because I was able to eat all of these when I was younger but now it makes my throat itchy and swell.
kristints kristints 8 years
Gosh, I feel so lucky that I don't have any of those problems, I'd have a hard time living without peanut butter.
kia kia 8 years
Oh sparklestar. I am sorry. From time to time I will have a little something I am not supposed to (usually to be polite if someone offers me something) and I never know how my anaphylaxis will exhibit itself. Take care of yourself and I hope you feel better soon.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
A kid I used to babysit was allergic to eggs, wheat, dairy, whey, and gluten when he was really young, but he outgrew the allergies when he was about 4 or 5. One big theory as to why food allergies occur is that people aren't exposed to as many bacteria when they're babies. Therefore, their immune systems don't have anything to fight and build antibodies against so they respond to foods. There is something about nuts/eggs/shellfish/glutens that mimics bacterial cell surfaces very closely, so that's why those foods trigger a response more than others. As the kids grow up, their immune systems become more developed and they stop fighting off the foods. It makes a lot of sense to me...most kids I know that grew up playing in a lot of dirt don't seem to have many allergies.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I'm gluten and lactose intolerant. :( It has made me SO ill this christmas because I can't expect my boyfriend's mother to cater to my whims. I am soooo ill right now. :(
Allytta Allytta 8 years
nah... but you never know. i might be allergic to something but it's not severe, so i have no idea :) there's a lot of philosophy behind a eprson being allergic mildly to some food and that's the reason they're overweight and stuff... don't know if i believe that. allergies are weird, my grandma became allergic to peanuts when she was 55 and stop being allergic when she turned 60. WTF? also mu cousin was allergic to diary when she was 5 months old and doctors curried her over the time of 6-9 months... her case was quite severe, it wasn't just diary, pretty much everything she ate. now she's 6 and is perfectly fine.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
My brother's gf is allergic to chocolate and tomatos! I can't even imagine having no chocolat or pizza, ugh!
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
yep, I'm allergic to food coloring, MSG (monosodium glutamate), nitrates, annato, sulfites...and basically everything else. :/
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I don't know of anyone I know having one but I think I might be allergic to a fruit I had recently. I would hate to be allergic to raspberries. I love raspberries.
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