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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:08 pm 
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I have found my corn allergy a little traumatic, much to my chagrin :) Maybe I am just not getting over the idea of late-developing food allergies, and how 20-odd years of uneventful apple and popcorn eating can suddenly come to end, but it's been a hard adjustment for me. I regularly read several food blogs, and visit a flickr group for bento lunches. I have found that I react very strongly to pictures of the things I am allergic to. I start feeling anxious and uncomfortable when I see them, and sometimes, I'll start feeling itchy.

Rationally, I know this is completely silly. All food in the universe is not off limits to me. And anything with visible pieces of corn in it, it's probably a soup or stir-fry or something that can be easily modified to exclude the offending item. And of course, pictures can't hurt me. Rationally, I know that. But when I see corn or apples in pictures of food, I get a very anxious feeling. Has anyone else experiened this before, or am I crazy?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:12 am 
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You are reacting to something which is dangerous to you. It sounds like post traumatic stress. The fact that you are aware that you are not in danger but still feel the anxiety tells me that you are not crazy, but you are having difficulty coping.
You may want to consult with a psychologist if this doesn't resolve or if it gets' worse.

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Ficbot, the same thing happens to my daughter when she sees pictures of the foods she is allergic too. Not itchy, but anxiety - sometimes her throat tightens, heart races, etc. She talked to her specialist about it - maybe you should too. He did not think it was unusual, so you guys are definitely not alone in having these reactions! It is just a normal extension of being alert and vigilant, but it needs to be put in perspective. Start with talking to your allergist about it, and see where it goes from there.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:52 pm 
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Not that I'm an expert (no training in psychology here!) but this sounds fairly "normal" to me for someone who has recently developed a severe allergy . . . if something has the potential to harm you, your brain is automatically always looking for signs of danger in the environment and anything that reminds you of it will send off alarm bells. People who are bitten by snakes sometimes start when they come across sticks that sort of look snake-like. The brain's first reaction (which is totally unconscious) is to register the stick as a "snake." So I can totally see how pictures of corn might cause anxiety!

I'd agree, though, that you might want to talk to your allergist about this if it doesn't go away---it might be worth talking to someone about it.

I've not had a problem with pictures of peanuts, but the smell of peanuts makes me anxious and sometimes makes me feel like gagging.


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