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Specific Food Allergies > Seed Allergy

Safe food list for sesame/peanut/tree nut: US Specific(08/02/10)

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LinksEtc:

--- Quote from: chenson2 on October 18, 2012, 06:45:45 PM ---i should note, im not really sure how severe my sesame allergy is. i went to the allergist earlier in the week and did the skin prick test and it showed a mild sesame allergy. i want to ask about blood testing or or getting desensitized to this if possible because i am paranoid now even though i havent had a bad reaction, if any.

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You should follow your allergist's advice and avoid.  However, since you don't have a strong reaction history, I would request that the allergist perform an oral food challenge to confirm the diagnosis.

Here is some info on this type of test:

"Food Challenges for Diagnosis of Food Allergy"
http://allergycases.blogspot.com/2008/03/food-challenges.html

"Clinical Trials and Food Challenges"
"Why are food challenges important?"
http://www.faiusa.org/page.aspx?pid=425

Oral Food Challenges for diagnosis and management of food allergies
http://www.uptodate.com/contents/oral-food-challenges-for-diagnosis-and-management-of-food-allergies

SilverLining:

--- Quote from: LinksEtc on October 18, 2012, 08:30:52 PM ---
--- Quote from: chenson2 on October 18, 2012, 06:45:45 PM ---i should note, im not really sure how severe my sesame allergy is. i went to the allergist earlier in the week and did the skin prick test and it showed a mild sesame allergy. i want to ask about blood testing or or getting desensitized to this if possible because i am paranoid now even though i havent had a bad reaction, if any.

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You should follow your allergist's advice and avoid.


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I agree.  Initially my reactions were mild.  But I continued eating sesame (because we didn't know what I was allergic to) and the reactions got more severe over time.  I don't think that happens with everyone....but it obviously happens to some.

chenson2:
Thank you for the advice. I am seeing him again on Tuesday and will ask. I do find it odd though that he did not warn me whatsoever about where sesame can hide on food labels. He told me nothing besides the fact that I had a mild skin reaction to it. If I had not gone home and researched the allergy, I'd have had no idea about how hard it is to avoid.

SilverLining:
Unfortunately, most allergists really don't know how to completely avoid an allergen. 

When I was originally diagnosed I was told by one allergist that since sesame seeds are so small they couldn't really do me harm.  Yet, I was reacting seriously just from eating bread that ran on the same line as sesame seeds.  Another allergist told me it was impossible to completely avoid sesame seeds because they are cross contaminated in "everything".  She tried to convince me that if I hadn't reacted in over 6 months then the diagnosis must have been wrong and I should go celebrate with a Big Mac. 

Sesamefree:
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Thanks all.

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