A couple of weeks ago, as part of our healthy eating habits, we bought some unsalted cashews to snack on.
That night, a weird rash appeared in two spots on either side of my neck. I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Up until that point, I had always been able to eat nuts. I put some cortisone on the rash, and it went away.
One of my favorite snacks is Peanut butter chocolate Larabars. I bought a whole box last week, and ate one every night as a snack. The rash came back, only worse this time. I had to take Benadryl to make it go away.
This time I figured it out-I’m allergic to nuts and peanuts. I had to trash my almond milk, and the Larabars. No more chocolate peanut butter cheesecake either. I didn’t get a typical food allergy reaction, but that doesn’t mean I won’t in the future.
You can develop allergies at any time in your life-it doesn’t have to be when you are a child. But I never imagined it would happen to me. I do have seasonal and cat allergies, but no food allergies until now.
What’s really weird is that my brother is allergic to raspberries-he didn’t know until he ended up in the hospital. My grown son has recently developed an allergy to eggs. We all have gluten and dairy intolerance. I wonder if it is all related.
According to Natural News, it probably is.
Delayed food allergies
A gluten intolerance frequently results in various delayed food allergies thanks to a leaky gut. The premature crossing of food antigens into the bloodstream eventually leads to an overexposure of the antigens. The immune system then reacts to these food antigens whereas it tolerated them before. Someone may eat a food and then later experience symptoms that they do not connect to the trigger food because the reaction is delayed and eating the food had never been an issue.
Immediate allergies are easier to spot because symptoms occur quickly. Delayed allergies may cause symptoms that occur days or even hours later, thus compounding the problem of identifying the new food a person’s body may suddenly be unable to tolerate. Eliminating gluten and dairy from the diet can help the intestinal wall to heal, but the new food allergies will not always go away. However, it is possible that some allergies can be overcome by healing the gut.
In our cases, even avoiding gluten and dairy did not do enough to stop the leaky gut that can cause new food allergies.
I know from reading about other people’s issues that nut allergies are a problem when going out. Restaurants often don’t know or lie about ingredients. I will have to be much more vigilant now. Awww, nuts!