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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:13 am 
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Hi...

I believe that my daughter might be severely allergic to???? I am taking her to the DR today.

Can anyone provide me with some of the websites or resources they find helpful and use on a regular basis.

Please let me know. Any insight would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:50 am 
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Hi AllergyDad,

I hope we can help you somewhat. Good luck with the doctor's appt.

If you truly suspect a food allergy, make sure you get a referral to an allergist and, in the meantime, an epinephrine auto-injector. That is your safety blanket if your child appears to be having a serious reaction.

The first thing the allergist is going to ask is what symptoms she has had and what she'd been eating when she got them. It's really helpful to the docs if you keep notes on what she had before symptoms showed up.

We have a lot of good information available on this site:
- Some FAQs about allergies (reviewed by specialists): http://www.allergicliving.com/features.asp?copy_id=27

- Key medical site and support org. resources links are here: http://www.allergicliving.com/features.asp?copy_id=22

- See also some of the advice given of two leading allergists here:
http://www.allergicliving.com/columns.asp?copy_id=73

All the best with figuring out the root of your daughter's problems.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:17 pm 
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I hope it goes well with the Dr. It's pretty scary when you first start to realise that your child can't just eat everything.

I'm not sure where you are, how old she is or what you suspect of having triggered the reaction but take and stick to what she has been able to eat.

Don't try to learn everything in one week, you'll burn yourself out.

Use the search engine at the top of the page to look up items of interest.

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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: Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:13 pm 
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Hi,
I hope that you have found some answers and that your child is well.

When my daughter started having allergic reactions I had no idea what food was causing it. She was always reacting or recovering. The allergist could only identify penicillin as an allergen. A naturopathic doctor suggested an elimination diet. After reading any allergy book I could get my hands on, I got really excellent detailed information about allergies and elimination diets from 2 books written by Janice Vickerstaff Joneja. (In the Children's book she relates her experiences with her own allergic children). Their titles are 'Dealing with Food Allergies' and 'Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children'. I was able to isolate the offending food sources and report my findings back to the doctors.

Of all the books, these two were the most helpful to me. I hope this helps.

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son: asthma, allergic to grass, mold, pets, dust mites, birch, suspected lactose intolerance
daughter: allergic to penicillin, food additives/preservatives-phosphates, sulphites, colors, etc.
husband: lactose intolerance, pets
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:29 pm 
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Hi Chattymama, and welcome to the AL Forum.

I agree Janice Joneja's work is most impressive, we've recommended it before in Allergic Living magazine. She's a dietitian and immunologist, which is an interesting combination.

But a few words of caution here, most MDs recommend trying the food allergy testing with an allergist first, as for most patients, this combined with the reaction history will identify the culprit(s).

As Allergy Dad's new to food allergies, he'll likely want to take that approach first, turning to the Joneja work if answers aren't becoming apparent soon, and reactions continue, affecting the child's eating.

Allergy Dad - how are things going? Made any progress?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:34 am 
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Hope this is a good topic choice for this link.

Wikipedia has a large article on allergy. There articles contain hyperlinks to define terms you want to know more about.

Using the search function you can choose any article containing allergy.

Thought some here might check it out for their use or to give opinion of it.

"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allergy#Unproven_and_ineffective_treatments"

I found it quite informative.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:37 am 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allergy#Unproven_and_ineffective_treatments

Hope this works better.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:49 pm 
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The link I gave starts you down the page a ways. Did not realize what link I used. Just scroll back up.

I later noticed that, on the left column, are choices of language. Clicking on one of these keeps the same article in a different language. :goodidea


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