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 Post subject: OAS-Birch
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:05 am 
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Hello All,
This is a great website.
Last year when I was pregnat I noticed when I ate Peanut Butter I felt all scratchy and my throat hurt. I thought it was my hormones. Since I had my son, I have been terrified to eat a nut, and avoid all "may contains" etc.
Yesterday I had an allergy test and reacted to Birch, and Dust Mites. The nut test was clear, they even smeared PB on my arm and pricked that, it was negative as well.
. I was excited when I left the office and the allergist said that if I ate PB that I might be uncomfortable but no severe reaction.
He mentioned that it might be possible that I eat an apple and have the same result, and explained how cooking the fruits on the list would help break down protien.
I have never heard of OAS till yesterday and should have asked more questions.
Does anyone have this experience? Im a little nervous to try PB and be uncomfortable, but don't want to not eat it...I love PB...and apples, and carrots
Also my son is starting beginner foods, I was going to try apples, Carrots and avacodo..next, however now I have the OAS confusion and was thinking I should wait to see my Family Dr in 2 weeks and ask for his opinion.
Thanks in advance...


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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 4:57 am 
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Hi Nuttercan,
I know your problems, I was a wheezy child but not diagnosed with asthma until in my twenties, looking back it was probably allergic reactions. I was diagnosed with a dust mite allergy when I was 9 and given shots but they didn't work. As a teenager I developed hay fever, realised that I was allergic to cats and a nasty allergy to asprin (a salicilate very similar to Birch). I coped with antihistamines.

Like you my food allergies developed with my second pregnancy in 1994, infact I can pinpoint my first reaction almost to the day I conceived. It started with apples and an itchy mouth and swollen lips, then I noted reactions to other fruits. My GP referred me to the hospital, to a chest consultant!! apparently he had an interest in allergies, unfortunately I saw the junior doctor who told me that he had never heard of an allergy to apples - guess how confident that made me feel.

That is when I started to do my own research and got my GP to refer me to a specialist in immunology. this guy immediately diagnosed Fresh Fruit Syndrome, which they now call Oral Allergy Syndrome when they realised that vegetable also cause symptoms.

Over time other food caused reactions and each one different. Strawberries make my vocal cords thick giving me a deep aaaa voice, tomatoes make my eyeballs swell, if I peel a carrot and touch my face again my eyeballs swell, asprin casues all my face to swell, I look like a pig with tiny little eye slits. Preservatives are another problem, pre-prepared salad leaves are sprayed with sodium metabisulphite and when I ate this at a party my throat became tight and my voice disappeared.

About 2 years ago I realised that nuts and peanuts were a problem. The OAS isn't too difficult to cope with as you can see raw fruit and veg on a plate but nuts and peanuts are easily hidden. Then 6 months ago I discovered that soya is a major problem, I had been eating dehydrated noodle snacks when we went out thinking these were safe and I was just making myself ill, and my asthma had been getting worse.

The nuts and soya are very difficult, you can't eat stuff fresh from the local bakery due to the possible cross contamination with nuts, but there are very few options in the bagged bread in the the supermarket at they use soya either as an emulsifier or a protein bulker. My bread maker is now my best friend.

I think the problem with OAS and having a young family is not being able to set a good example by eating fruit as a snack - I'd kill for a nice crisp apple - the only thing to do is lots of stewed or baked fruit and freeze small portions that you can mix with yoghurt - although you have to watch the the yoghurt is not possibly contaminated with nuts!!

Following the Soya diagnosis I have been very depressed and really stuggled to maintain my weight, but I'm coming through that now. Eating out is difficult due to others lack of knowledge. Recently at a conference my special lunch was awful, they even included a pot of olives - olives are raw fruit soaked in brine, not cooked food.

When I was pregnant I read that if someone is liable to get allergies then total breast feeding for the first 6 months delays the problems until teenage years, I was breast fed so there could be something in this, so I made sure that both my children were breast fed and did not touch cow's milk until after 6 months, they are now 14 and 15 and not showing any signs of any allergies, I continue to cross my fingers and touch wood.

Something that helped me recently was the mantra, we eat to live, don't live to eat. We mustn't get hung up on the problems, find a coping strategy and get on with life, it's hard and we will make mistakes but there are so many other things to be doing. I work in the health service and meet people with servere disablities every day, their lives are far more difficult than mine so although I have problems I have to thank my luck stars for what good things I do have in my life.

I hope your son is like mine with no allergies, take care.

Lulu

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Allergic to Soya, peanuts, tree nuts, almost all raw fruit and raw vegetables, asprin, non-steroidal inflammitories, enteric coating on medication, sulphites. Dust, Cats, tree pollens (Birch +++) flower pollens, feathers, cigars. Asthma


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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 4:49 pm 
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What an interesting discussion.

Lulu, welcome to the boards, and I applaud your attitude:

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Something that helped me recently was the mantra, we eat to live, don't live to eat. We mustn't get hung up on the problems, find a coping strategy and get on with life, it's hard and we will make mistakes but there are so many other things to be doing. I work in the health service and meet people with severe disablities every day, their lives are far more difficult than mine so although I have problems I have to thank my luck stars for what good things I do have in my life.


Nuttercan, be sure to check out the big article on the website's homepage about OAS. Just click the big "Allergic Living" logo in the top left - it takes you to the homepage. You'll see the photo of the woman eating a peach (she'll regret that!)

It's from this month's issue of the magazine, where there's a second more sciency article on OAS as well. Many more people being diagnosed OAS these days, a growing phenomenon.

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 10:16 pm 
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I also suspect I have OAS, which I only found out about in the last issue of Allergic Living! I thought bananas were suppose to make your mouth uncomfortably tingly!! I've noticed it more lately, and we have a large birch tree right outisde the kitchen window. Avocado also gives me a very unpleasant tingling, but only at certain times of the year. I thought it was related to the maturity/growth conditions of the fruit, but now I suspect that it coincides with my environmental allergies.

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