My youngest, Jonah, has severe asthma and allergies...not just environmental allergies, but food allergies as well. It becomes a whole new way of life when asthma and allergies enter the picture.
Before Jonah was even a year old, he was already showing so many sign of allergies, that I went ahead and had him tested. Of course, he had tons of allergies...but being so young, there was only so much we could do. The doctors kept telling us that he would outgrow them.
As he got a little older, he had such severe eczema that he was getting skin infections. Once he had learned how to scratch, it became a non-stop activity for him. It seemed like he just couldn't stop. Another trip to the allergist, another skin prick test and we found out that he was allergic to soy and peanuts/tree nuts. There was a question about beef and egg, but after a blood test, they said no.
Over time, we had learned as a family to adjust to this new way of eating. We had almost no packaged food, more fresh fruits/vegetables, meat from specialized places so their would be no injections of saline. Most people, even family, didn't want to eat with us because we were so limited in what we could eat (and allergy-free food isn't that tasty all the time). Luckily, I have a brilliant husband who started figuring out ways to make our favorite foods without the allergens. Sometimes it took a little longer, but just as good.
But Jonah was still having trouble...still having terrible eczema, so back to the doctor we went. This time, an allergen to egg was discovered. This left me scratching my head...how am I supposed to feed him without egg? Don't they know how many yummy foods have egg in it? But it did help his skin when we eliminated that from his diet.
|Terrible eczema on|
his forehead and
|These are pictures of an allergic reaction Jonah had from just putting a piece of steak in his mouth. We later found out that the beef came from corn-fed cows.|
The only way I found these things out was by being persistent, sometimes a pain to the doctors and allergists. When I got an answer I didn't think was sufficient, I would research it myself. Sometimes I would take the information I found to the doctor or allergist. Eventually, the allergist stopped listening to me so we switched to a specialist at a local teaching hospital. This is when we got the most help. If you or your child has symptoms or if you think something might be going on, I encourage you to talk to your doctor, make an appointment with an allergist or a specialist. Knowing what is going on is so much better than suffering with allergies!