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Old 03-05-2006, 08:52 AM   #1
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Anyone else have food alergies and ended up with sinus headaches and blocked ears as a result? I've been going to Drs and specialists for months and I just figured out that all this started when I started eating oatmeal. I have a wheat alergy and read online that oats are grown in rotation with or beside wheat. Just wondering if anyone else has this same problem. As of today no more oatmeal for this chick. If anyone has any other ideas please pass them on. I'm at the end of my rope with this!!!
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Old 03-05-2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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I'm allergic to eggs, but only if they're undercooked. I can only eat scrambled or hard boiled, the white AND the yolk (although I rarely eat the yolks anyway) have to be completely cooked. If they're just slightly underdone, I get a reaction. My throat and my lips swell and get itchy. Like when I make a cake or cookies or anything with eggs in it, I can't take little licks of the dough or batter because of the raw eggs in there.

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What about gluten? My friend who has Celiac can't eat oatmeal. My DD does just fine on rice, she's IBD.
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I second the opinion on Gluten. Oats will set off that reaction, as well as many other grains.
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Some folks are sensitive to certain foods without having a full blown allergy to them. Feeling bloated, tired, or experiencing head cold symptoms are all indications that a particular food should not be on your regular diet.
I am sensitive to gluten, but not to the extent of being diagnosed with celiac's. I have a mild intolerance to the lactose in dairy as well. Practically, this means I avoid gluten foods and can only eat dairy items such as hard cheese or yogurt as these foods have the lactose processed out.
Good for you for listening to the clues your body is giving you.
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Growing oats near wheat wouldn't have any effect. There isn't any "crossover." You may be allergic to oats, but food allergies are really hard to figure out. Your best bet is to stop eating them for awhile, and then try them once and see if anything happens.

I have a food allergy to hydrolyzed soy protein isolate, and it took me a long time to figure it out. I can eat whole soy products with no problem--like tofu, or even just the whole beans. Something they do when they break up the protein makes it allergy-causing for me. I have to read lots of labels because many high-protein foods get that way by adding soy protein isolate.

Good luck with finding out what it is!

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Old 03-05-2006, 03:23 PM   #7
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i think they recommend with food allergies to go on a VERY basic diet for a few weeks and then slowly add things back every three days untill something bugs you then cut it out again .... then you can see what it is?

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Have you eliminated dairy as a culprit? It may be the milk you have with the oatmeal rather than the oats??

Allergies are a pain, I had years of tests and recommendations, as doctors thought my asthma may have been triggered by dairy and wheat. As it turns out the only dairy I am allergic too is goats milk (how bizarre) and that I can eat wheat, but walk through a field where it's growing and I sneeze and come out in a rash. Really weird.
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The symptoms are sometimes hard to figure out, too. With my soy allergy, the main symptom is welts like hives around my eyes. I thought it was my other allergies (hayfever), until I realized they were happening every time I had a soy drink, and it wasn't hayfever season.

I agree with kykaree--try eliminating milk if you have been having more than usual with oatmeal.
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