Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Notes for Dr. Applegate

I am going to see on Allergist, Dr. Applegate, on Thursday the 15th and am hoping she will discover some things I can avoid that will make me healthier, or ways to treat the allergies to make them less severe. Here are my notes for her so far:

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.

  1. “Known” Allergens and/or Sensitivities:
  • Food
  • Dairy—asthma, joint pain, hay fever
  • Soy—joint pain, headache, IBS, insomnia, fibromyalgia
  • Airborne
  • 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”
  • Drugs
  • 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
  1. Suspected Allergens and/or sensitivities
  • Food
  • Beans, legumes
  • Tree nuts and peanuts
  • Bananas
  1. Possible Allergens and or sensitivities
  • Food
  • Apples
  • Onions
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Seeds (eg, sunflower seeds)
  • Beef, red meats
  • Wheat, white flour
  • corn
  • Cane sugar, sugar

I am sure there are others because I often get sick and have no idea why

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