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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:40 pm 
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Hi Everyone!

I am a married mother to 2 boys. I am allergic to cats, dogs, nickle and dairy hypersensitivity. DH has celiac disease. My youngest is severely allergic to cats. My oldest has allergies (I think tomatoes, dogs and ??), asthma (not officially diagnosed) and eczema. I am looking forward to learning more and hopefully offering some support!

I am somewhat confused as what is considered an allergy and what is considered hypersensitivity/intolerance. I have heard them intermingled and I have heard that there is a distinction between them.

I am frustrated with the medical profession because I know that my son has allergies and the doctor has said he has asthma without any testing, just one ER visit when he had a lot of trouble breathing. She gives me no information unless I ask specific questions, except I don't know what to ask!

Anyway, good to meet you all and I will elaborate more in other sections!

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Me - Allergic to Dogs, Cats, Dairy, Nickle.
DH - Celiac Disease
DS1 - Allergic to Horses, Cats, Dogs - Asthma, Eczema
DS2 - Allergic to Cats - Eczema, Asthma


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:07 pm 
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Welcome!! :D
I can't say it better than our daughter did for a school project. Here's what she wrote regarding allergies/intolerance/oral allergy. I would absolutely have your family dr. refer you to an allergist as if asthma is an issue for your son he should be on proper meds (puffers) etc.. And his trouble breathing was not asthma related then hopefully some proper testing will reveal the cause and give you some firm answers.
Good luck.

What Is A Food Allergy
A food allergy is a real allergy because it is an immune system response allergy. An immune system response means the body by mistake thinks that some foods are bad and creates antibodies to attack.
Food Allergies can be deadly but just because you have symptoms they will test you to prove that it is a real allergy. There are two ways that they know if you have an allergy. One is by giving you skin pricks and another way is to do blood work. What the blood work does is that it checks your IgE antibodies which means that they test your blood antibodies to each specific one of your allergies.
One out of every three adults thinks that they have a food allergy but only 2% have real food allergies and the rest have symptoms but it is just a food intolerance.
A food allergy is very serious and you need an epipen.




What Is A Food Intolerance
A food intolerance is a digestive system response which means it is a stomach response. This means that your body can’t digest or obsorb food properly. This is how people think that they have a food allergy because they get symptoms.
A few symptoms of a food intolerance is stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarreah, headaches, and heartburn. These symptoms can really hurt but you can not die from it. Some people actually can eat small amounts of food they are intolerant to before they get sick but people with life threatening allergies can’t even touch or eat the food they are allergic to.
Two very popular intolerances are lactose which means dairy and gluten intolerance.
A food intolerance in not an immune response like a food allergy but is only a digestive, stomach response.



What Is An Oral Allergy
An oral allergy is when you react to mostly raw fruits and vegetables but you can normally eat them cooked. The reason that oral allergies happen is that certain fruits and vegetables have similar proteins to pollens.
I have a list at the bottom of which fruits and vegetables match different kinds of pollens. This is why oral allergies are worse when it is pollen season. If a person has hayfever to a pollen then when they eat certain fruits and vegetables that matches this pollen their body mistakes those foods as the pollen they are allergic to and they get hayfever symptoms.
These reactions mainly usually affect the mouth and throat. Symptoms are burning and or itching lips, mouth or throat. Also watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and sometimes if you touch to peel or eat the fruit or vegetable and it can leave a red itchy rash on your hands or face where it touched.
If you have an oral allergy you react to some fruits and vegetables but your body is reacting more as a hayfever symptom not a real allergy.

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:02 am 
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Welcome! Confused and frustrated is how most of us felt when first dealing with allergies and asthma (not to mention scared and alone). Is your family being followed by an allergist or is your GP trying to manage this alone?

The world of allergies and asthma has been changing rapidly and GP's simply can't keep up with this as well as maintain the rest of their practice. An allerist is a specialist and you'd go to a specialist for most other medical issues so why not this? Some GP's seem to want to treat these conditions themselves so you might have to request a referral.

Currently, asthma kills more Canadians than food allergies do per year. It is a serious condition that deserves respect but many people don't take it seriously. Properly controlled, persons with asthma can lead full lives-some Olympic athletes have asthma (and severe allergies) so it shouldn't hold you back. Poorly controlled asthma can cause many health problems. When your body doesn't get enough oxygen, it can affect everthing.

For information on Asthma, http://www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/as ... ndex_e.php

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:03 am 
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Thanks for your replies!

BC2007, thanks for that! Those were the terms that I was aware of too (except for the OAS, which is new to me), but I am still confused about some of these things (as you will see in my posts in other sections).

We do have an appointment with an allergist next June, so I'm hoping that will let us know why he has uncontrolled asthma (see my post in other allergies). Unfortunately, I've had to read a lot on the internet and, since I originally didn't know what asthma was, I realized that the pediatrician wasn't asking me the right questions about DS1's symptoms. All she asked about was if coughing woke him up at night. Well it doesn't. But he goes to sleep coughing and wakes up coughing every morning. He also coughs on and off at night on occaision, but it takes a lot to wake him up (a fall out of bed doesn't even do it).

Anyway, I've posted other places on these things, so I hope to get into it a bit deeper so I can understand a lot better!

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Me - Allergic to Dogs, Cats, Dairy, Nickle.
DH - Celiac Disease
DS1 - Allergic to Horses, Cats, Dogs - Asthma, Eczema
DS2 - Allergic to Cats - Eczema, Asthma


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