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Skin and Food Allergy Part 2

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  This is going to be a continuation of last weeks post on my skin issues.  If you haven’t read part one – CLICK HERE!

After I went in for my facial with Jacqueline I was intrigued.  It just so happened that I had a Dr. appointment scheduled for a week later for a follow up.  I mentioned to her Jacqueline’s thoughts on the allergy and asked if she thought it was worth checking into.  I also mentioned my dislike of the Nurse Practitioner at the Dermatologist.  She never seemed like she cared about what was going on with my skin and was just about putting me on drugs, not fixing the root issue.

My doctor agreed that it was worth checking into the allergy thing, at the very least it would be something we could rule out.  Unlike the dermatologist, I had an appointment with an allergist in just a weeks time.  At that appointment we discussed my concerns and he said it was worth doing a scratch test but he didn’t want me to get my hopes up because it was an unlikely outcome.  2 weeks later I was scheduled for the scratch test.

I went in and they tested me for 54 things.  Of those 54 I had 3 moderate* allergies and 2 mild** allergies!

-Almonds*
-Sesame*
-Peanuts*

-Soy**
-Summer Squash**

I was shocked!  Beyond shocked!  These are things I ate regularly (aside from the summer squash), and had been eating my whole life!  Upon these results I was told that I needed to do an exclusionary diet for the moderate ones and keep the mild intake to a minimum.

After a week I noticed my stomach not hurting anymore and my skin seemed less inflamed, although pimples still existed under the skin, there were no new ones.

The biggest thing though was the beauty products, you’d be amazed at how many things have Soy oil or Almond oil in them!  In particular my Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream that was recommended by the dermatologist!  No wonder it started to get better when I stopped using it!  It’s been a process learning what I can and can’t use.  I had to go through everything I use to make sure it didn’t have any of those.  I ended up throwing away 2 cleansers (boots botanics cleansing balm and boots ultra calming) , a moisturizer (Cetaphil), a couple of chapsticks (rather I gave these to Nick), Shampoo and Conditioner (Biolage Color Care), and a couple of hand creams (given to the girls at work and Sue).   Luckily my favorite foundations and my new cleanser were all in the clear, plus my favorite lip balm, Carmex, was also good to go!

It’ll be 3 weeks on Wednesday, and I still have some residual bumps, although they seem less noticeable.  I’m supposed to call the allergist that day and discuss how the changes have affected my body over the last few weeks to see if its worth continuing the exclusion diet.  I have a feeling it will be with the relieved stomach issues, but we’ll see.  I’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime though, I’m learning how to live with a food allergy.

Hope everyone has a good week!

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