Notes for Doctor Applegate, Allergist
Q: What is the difference between an “allergy” and sensitivity? Do your tests test for both?
Q: What causes allergies? Is there any way to avoid developing or reverse them?
I have asthma, hay fever, insomnia and fibromyalgia, all of which seem to be moderately to severely affected by certain foods. I also get skin rashes from medications, from some skin products, from poison ivy and sometimes for unknown reasons. Some foods (coffee, chocolate) also negatively affect mood and personality.
I first started having joint problems and hay fever at age 16 and asthma in my late 20s.
- “Known” Allergens and/or Sensitivities:
- Dairy—asthma, joint pain, hay fever
- Soy—joint pain, headache, IBS, insomnia, fibromyalgia
- Ragweed—asthma, “hay fever”
- Cigarette and wood smoke—asthma, “hay fever”
- Dog dander—asthma, “hay fever”
- Dust mites—asthma, “hay fever”
- Feathers, bird dander—asthma, “hay fever”
- Penicillin—hives (large pale swollen bumps)
- Theolair—red, itchy rash (small red itchy bumps)
- Wellbutrin—hives and two different sized rashes and breathing difficulty and terrible weakness and feeling sick and “deathly”
- others that I’m not able to recall at the moment
- Suspected Allergens and/or sensitivities
- Beans, legumes
- Tree nuts and peanuts
- Possible Allergens and or sensitivities
- Seeds (eg, sunflower seeds)
- Beef, red meats
- Wheat, white flour
- Cane sugar, sugar
I am sure there are others because I often get sick and have no idea why