Visit with Allergist

My suspects before the visit were wheat, milk, chestnut, pecan, shrimp, and chocolate. Although I thought most of these likely had mechanisms other than an IgE type allergy. That is, I didn’t expect them to be detected through skin prick tests.

My test results were positive to buckwheat, barley, rye, milk, pecan, also dust mite, mold (aspergillus mix), and ragweed. (Chestnut and soy were not included in the panel.)

The allergist was very cautious about false positives, and was pretty much only concerned about pecan and dust mite. I do understand the concern about too much restriction on one’s diet and needlessly making life difficult. But as it turns out at least in my case it may have helped to be more cautious about false negatives and trust my own tracking history.

In real life the worst culprits for me are wheat, milk, shrimp. These are also the trickiest to avoid. Pecan, hazelnut, chestnut are also severe but much easier to avoid.

Mold is something I didn’t think much of at the time but was helpful later when I had a bad reaction to traditionally prepared fermented soy paste eaten raw. The “safe to consume” mold cultures here, is what else? Aspergillus.

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