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Old 02-29-2008, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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Just getting sick to your stomach generally isn't allergic. At MOST it's a sensitivity.

An allergy is a very specific reaction to certain foods. I've seen very few people list actual allergies on this list :P

Please don't say you have an allergy to something if it just causes indigestion or doesn't sit well with you. When people do that, it hurts those of us with TRUE allergies because people automatically assume we'll be fine if exposed with an allergen.
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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For the first year of our marriage I had to enforce my husbands SEVERE allergy to coconut. Moving down to FL we realized it's found on alot of pies, and in seafood dishes so I had to stress to the chef NO COCONUT!! Back home at family gathering his sister served him a big slice of cake with coconut frosting, I said "he cant eat that he's allergic to coconut!!" His mom piped in "no he isnt??!" Turns out, he just didn't like it- after he tried my coconut shrimp (not knowing it was COCONUT) he said, wow thats good.. Now he loves trying it in various dishes when we go out
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Just getting sick to your stomach generally isn't allergic. At MOST it's a sensitivity.

An allergy is a very specific reaction to certain foods. I've seen very few people list actual allergies on this list :P

Please don't say you have an allergy to something if it just causes indigestion or doesn't sit well with you. When people do that, it hurts those of us with TRUE allergies because people automatically assume we'll be fine if exposed with an allergen.
Exactly!!! And for those of us with TRUE allergies to shellfish, peanuts, etc....we have to be careful at restaurants- as they do not wash the pans between each dish. So the pan that is cooking my chicken breast, may have had shrimp in it 5 minutes earlier!

Theres lots of foods I don't like- but that doesn't make me allergic to them. Sadly, the thing I AM allergic to, is (was) my favorite food in the whole world!
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Yes - I am allergic to lobster and experience the same symptoms mommiewrites mentioned. I have to be careful when I go out to eat. If lobster is on the menu I inform the server of my allergy.
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:17 PM
 
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People who are allergic to a long list of foods freak me out a little. Some of it starts to border on eating disorder.
Why would it be called an eating disorder? At most it's an immune system disorder, if someone suddenly becomes allergic to a long list of foods.

When people are born they are generally predisposed to an allergen, but don't always have a reaction in their early years. Over time after repeated exposure however, they can become actively allergic to it. And sometimes in the early stages/years of the allergy reaction, the reaction manifests itself as nausea, or perhaps another symptom. My first son was allergic to milk and wheat as a young child. It started off with him just being hyper, and feeling dizzy. After several months though he would vomit profusely after eating it. He would also get a serious case of the shakes. Of course by this time we knew something was up and we'd had him tested, so he did his best to avoid the allergens but still accidentally ingested it sometimes. Thankfully he outgrew it in several years.

Not everyone has the same allergic reaction to a food. In the early stages it may just be nausea and vomiting, but later on the person may have a more serious reaction.

Peanuts will make my heart slow to a crawl and my throat swell up, and soy will send it beating so fast I have chest pain and nearly faint. I didn't develop food allergies until I was about 30, and at first it was just headaches, then dizziness, then nausea, and after several months near death after exposure. By then of course I knew I was allergic! lol

Just wanted to clear up any misunderstandings about allergies.
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