I am sorry to hear of your reactions. I don't know if this will help but I will share my story. I was exposed to mold from a water damaged building. I have 2 genes that make me susceptible to this illness and means my body can't remove toxins on it's own. So the toxins build up and cause my immune system to go haywire. I became allergic/sensitive to: foods, latex, chemicals, fragrances, woods, metals, jewelry, plastics, personal care products, etc. After 6 years I was finally diagnosed with mold illness (CIRS-chronic inflammatory response syndrome). Not a mold allergy. With treatment I am less sensitive to some of these items but I haven't completed the treatment protocol yet. Here is a link to the website: http://www.survivingmold.com/mold-symptoms/molds-mycotoxins-more
I hope this helps and you get relief. DebbieView Thread
I am sorry your boyfriend's health has not been well. You could have mold problems without seeing them. But a leak that has gone unrepaired can certainly be a problem. There is a condition know as mold illness or CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome). I will post a link to a website with a lot of information. Mold illness is not an allergy and allergy testing is not done to diagnose mold illness. The website lists: symptoms, blood tests, special eye exam, doctors that treat, etc.
I am really sorry for what you are going thru and to have seen a doctor who was of no help. What did you doctor say? I would suggest seeing another allergist. Also keep a diary of foods eaten, symptoms, where you were, what you were doing, etc. This is just my thought but maybe you have a latex allergy. There are foods that are called cross reactive because they share a similar protein to latex and our body misidentifies them as harmful. There is no reliable test and it is usually diagnosed by history. There are 40,000 household items that contain latex. I have the latex allergy. I have also had problems with my ALT and thyroid numbers but that is due to CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome) or mold illness. I hope some of this will be helpful and that you get answers.View Thread
Hello itchyrn62, I am sorry to hear of your health issue. This may not be appropriate but, if you sleep in the buff and don't itch maybe your clothing is causing the problem. My immediate thought was a latex allergy but being a RN I am sure you already thought of that. Maybe a food or foods are causing the problem. Just a few thoughts. Good luck and take care.View Thread
My best guess is that possibly you have a latex allergy. Are the rashes where items like, socks, waistband and leg bands on underwear touch you? The elastic contains latex unless specially made with latex free elastic. A lot of clothing contains forms of latex: spandex, elastane, etc. I can't answer why the palms are not affected.View Thread
I have been diagnosed with mold illness after 6 years of being ill. I started treatment in October 2013 and already have much improvement. You can read more information at: http://www.survivingmold.com/ . Good luck with getting your health back.View Thread
I can relate to this! When my hormones change for ovulation and menstruation it triggers my asthma and allergies. Sometimes I have symptoms before and sometimes after. I can take a Zyrtec and get relief. I have also used Heel Allergy Homeopathic Medication. I also use acupressure message points while saying in my mind "hormones" and my body's energy goes to correct the problem. I learned this thru NAET (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique). Good luck with finding something that works for you.View Thread
I am sorry to hear this. Did you try different brands of allergy pills? I wonder if you may be reacting to something they used with the surgery. Like something used inside you to suture. I'm not a fan f steroids but maybe your doctor would try it to see if it helps. Allergy testing may be beneficial. Because I have a latex allergy, I have concerns that you may have developed it too. I wish you luck in getting it resolved.View Thread
Hello to everyone, I have also become allergic/sensitive to most foods and have a very limited diet. I actually have 12 foods I can eat without having my asthma triggered. Like most of you I am negative to blood and skin testing. I am also sensitive to many everyday items: latex, plastics, woods, metals, medications, clothing, etc. I was diagnosed with mold illness in September 2013. This is NOT a mold allergy. You can research this at: http://www.survivingmold.com/diagnosis I started treatment to remove the toxins from my body and some of my sensitivities have lessened already and I am not taking full doses yet. I hope this information may be helpful.
Hi Alex and very to hear of you food allergies. My asthma is triggered by most foods but I don't have true food allergies. Glutens and sulfites were identified as my triggers thru an elimination diet. I had a lot of foods taken away. I currently can eat 12 foods without a reaction. I use no condiments, spices, seasonings, etc. I miss a lot of foods but I am thankful there are foods I can eat.
I also went thru a period where I couldn't take any medications without a reaction. I currently can take Zyrtec without a reaction. For a while I had Benadryl made at a compounding pharmacy so there were no dyes or flavors in it.
My immune system has been affected by mold illness (not an allergy). I was exposed to mold from a water damaged building and it caused chronic inflammation in my system affecting my whole body especially my immune system. Since I started treatment in October 2013 I have seen improvement and some of my strange allergies have lessened. Unfortunately I haven't been able to add foods back into my diet.
Good luck and I hope you get answers and feel better. DebbieView Thread