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I have been dealing with hives since October.  After stopping a medication, the hives continued.  In November I went for food allergy testing. (I had food allergies as a child, as well as environemental).  Just before Christmas I got the results back.High: milk products, egg whites

Moderate:  egg yolk, goat's milk

Low:  corn, sugar cane, carrots, peppers, corn, onion, lemon, papaya, watermelon, brocolli, flaxMy biggest issue is finding food I can eat! I can eat meat (thankfully), but even a lot of Vegan foods have corn.  I have had very few days where I do not have hives.  I tried about a TBS of onion on night with dinner and completely broke out again, so for now, even the low reactives are off the table.Does anyone have tried and true resources for all these food allergies?  Any idea how long it can take for all of this to clear out my system and the hives stay away?  I am going on month 4 of hives, but only about 2 weeks in to not eating the foods listed.

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  • K8sMom2002

    Kari J, welcome … food allergies and hives can be so frustrating! What sort of food allergies did you manage when you were younger?

    Were you at risk for a severe reaction or ? Has your allergist prescribed you an epinephrine auto-injector?

    Hives can be part of an allergic reaction to food, but not always. Our allergist has indicated to us that if we have pulled a food for two weeks, and we are still seeing reactions, then it's probably a different trigger.

    Hives can have other triggers, too, besides food. There's a great  about chronic idiopathic urticaria that can help you figure out if there is any pattern between things you're doing in your daily life and your hives.

    Also, could you ask your doctor if processed cane sugar or syrup would still have enough protein intact to create an allergic reaction? Sugar has 0 grams of protein, and the protein in foods is what our bodies react to when we have an allergic reaction.

    My daughter is allergic to corn, so I know from personal experience how extremely hard it is to avoid. Has your allergist given you any guidance on what corn derivatives you can still have? Can you have corn starch, corn syrup, maltodextrin from corn, or dextrose? All of these have very small amounts of corn protein, if any, but your doctor can give you guidance on whether you need to avoid them.

    Our allergist has arranged for to test each of these for our daughter, and after years of avoiding any foods with these derivatives, she has been cleared to eat them in moderation. She still can't eat corn, corn meal, hydrolyzed corn protein or corn fiber, though.

    One thing that helped us as we were sorting through what was a true allergy and what was not was Kids With Food Allergies resource on 

  • Kari J

    That is great advice.  I actually have not seen an allergist yet.  I am seeing my family doctor in February.  I don't have great insurance, so wasn't sure if an allergist would do anything more than just tell me to avoid the food.As a child, I was also allergic to egg whites, shellfish, corn, and a few other things I no longer remember.  I was also wondering if it's more of an auto-immune reaction vs allergies.  I had a blood test for the allergy test.  I will check out the links, thank you!

  • K8sMom2002

    I think it would be a great investment, even without insurance, to see a board-certified allergist to help you get to the bottom of things. You could take your current test results with you, and that might save you from having to re-do tests.

    Did you have reactions to all of those foods? Or could you eat any of them without a reaction? Your history of allergic reactions to foods along with food allergy tests can help you and your allergist figure out what are true allergies. 

  • Kari J

    I ate everything on that list.  When the hives started, my doctor thought it was a reaction to a medicine I was on.  We stopped that, but the hives never went away.  I have noticed for the past year or more that I often didn't feel "right" after eating- not sick, but not right.  Since the hives didn't go away and I have a history of food allergies, I just decided to get tested on my own.  I have to say, other than still having hives, I feel better than I have in almost 2 years without the foods.  I have been keeping a food log since I stopped the "trigger" foods and taking pictures of the hives.   I have also been restriciting my diet for a few days to the same foods just to see if the hives WILL go away on a basic diet or if they continue.

    I will look into an allergist- I am just one of those people who try to fix things on my own, lol.  I know that's not always the best way to handle things though.

     

  • Melissa G

    Hi Kari! Welcome to AAFA! 

    It is hard to say how long it takes for hives to go away, everyone is so different. Cynthia has given you some great resources. I also suggest seeing an allergist. Do you need any help with meal planning or recipes?

  • Kari J

    I may need help with meals- I am still working on it, a bit overwhelmed at this point.  Most sites I have checked seem to have "something" in the ingredients I can't have, so I am trying to figure out some good substitutions.  I am making myself a binder of foods/recipes I can have, which is helping.  

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hi Kari J, It's great that you are keeping a food log…that is a wonderful way to keep track of patterns and be able to show doctors what you have had reactions to.

    I encourage you to join our Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) forums, located . It's not just for kids.

    In addition, KFA has a that you can use to identify recipes without egg and dairy. Listed below are links to recipe substitutions:

      So glad you found the forums! 

      Brenda