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It was recently suggested to me that my use of stevia in my morning coffee can be worsening or even causing my asthma. I googled it and stevia is a member of the ragweed family. Thoughts? I'm going to stop using it and see if I notice a difference.

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  • LindaD

    No, but it is in the ragweed family, and I did test positive for ragweed allergy.

  • Shea

    That is so wild! I tried stevia but I couldnt tske the taste and now I am glad because I am allergic to ragweed too. I have gotta start trusting my own tastes and inklings because I bet you are right to avoid it. Thanks for the info!

  • K8sMom2002

    I don't think it would be the sole cause of your asthma, but I'd definitely talk to your doctor about the possibility, and I'd track how my lungs responded to days with and without Stevia in that morning coffee.

    That is interesting about Stevia and ragweed — I had no idea. We avoid most all artificial sweeteners because so many of them are processed with corn as an anti-clumping agent (DD is allergic to corn), so I really haven't researched Stevia.

    But since DD is also allergic to most anything with a blade and chlorophyll , I think I'll ask her allergist about whether we should continue to avoid Stevia. I've been tempted since Coca Cola is now selling Stevia sweetened drinks and they're easier for people to find than the Mexican Coca Cola that DD usually drinks on the rare occasion she enjoys a soft drink. 

  • Serene

    Stevia doesn't trigger asthma for me. I do get gastro upset from it though, which is too bad, many health drinks are flavored with it. I have trouble digesting certain types of sugars, and it appears this is one. 

  • LindaD

    Turns out that I'm not allergic to it either. My allergies seem to be all environmental. Ugh.

  • K8sMom2002

    Linda, so stopping Stevia didn't help? Remind me … have you been tested for environmental allergies? 

  • LindaD

    Stopping stevia made no difference. I was tested for food and environmental allergies. I have no allergies to food, but am allergic to almost every known environmental allergan. Bright side: at least I can eat!

  • K8sMom2002

    Love that silver lining! And now you know that your morning sweetener isn't causing your lungs problems — that's a good thing. 

    What's your worst environmental trigger? How can we help you manage it?

  • Serene

    Awesome you can drink stevia things. I envy you. =-) But sorry about the environmental allergies.

  • K8sMom2002

    Linda D, I didn't see your attachment … was it in another thread? What do you think your worst trigger is? We may be able to help you brainstorm ways to avoid it.

  • LindaD

    I am allergic to almost all common environmental allergies. I just started allergy shots to hopefully address this.

  • Kathy P

    Hope the allergy shots help. I know mine do help….I just wish they were more pleasant! They've become quite painful since I've gotten to the high doses. Ouch! If you have issues, make sure you let them know as there are different things they can try to minimize the agony.

  • K8sMom2002

    LindaD, I hope the shots work for you! I know our first allergist was extremely hopeful that DD's allergies would respond to allergy shots.  I wish she could continue to get them. 

    So many folks say that allergy shots were the thing that made a huge difference. My stepsister had severe environmental allergies growing up, and she credits the shots she took as a kid with helping her. 

    How often do you get the shots? What sort of things do you do to  keep yourself occupied while you wait the 20 – 30 minutes after the shot? 

  • LindaD

    I just got my first shots yesterday. I amused myself with Facebook and solitaire on my phone while waiting! Hopefully in a few months, I'll start noticing an improvement!

  • K8sMom2002

    It feels pretty good to be able to cruise FB or crush solitaire without feeling guilty, no?

    Maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones that see improvement sooner than months down the road.  says that you may see improvement during the build-up phase. But it's great that you are patient and in it for the long haul. 

  • K8sMom2002

    I'm hoping it will help you in the future, and I'm glad you're able to take them. How are those Solitaire skills coming along?

  • K8sMom2002

    Wow, Linda! Sometimes forced waiting can be just the break we need. What other games or activities besides FB and solitaire do you while away the time with?

  • LindaD

    I only have to wait 15 minutes so I don't have to amuse myself for too long. I suppose the wait time will increase when I start getting the larger doses.

  • K8sMom2002

    That's interesting. Our allergist always made my DD wait a full half hour, even when she first started. But I'm glad you're able to do it in 15! 

  • Kathy P

    Our shot wait time is 30 min regardless of dose. I need to go for mine tomorrow, but I still have a sore spot from last week.  The shot was too far onto the muscle. I think I have figured out the sweet spot though! The nurse and I joked that I need to just get a bulls-eye tattoo for them to hit Maybe I'll skip this week. I have to go between 1 and 2 weeks to stay on target. I'm at my max dose, but my remix is coming.

  • K8sMom2002

    Could you put a dot of indelible ink to mark the spot? That sounds painful when they miss it!

  • Jen
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Could you put a dot of indelible ink to mark the spot? That sounds painful when they miss it!

    That reminds me of the"tattoo" dh got before he started radiation.

  • Kathy P

    How are the shots going @LindaD? I just got my remix, so dose cut in half and I need to go every week – ick! But I have found the right spot where they don't swell so much after, so that's good!

  • LindaD

    Going well. I have had 6 weeks of shots so far with no problems. Hoping to see improvements in another month or so.

  • K8sMom2002

    That is terrific, @LindaD! I hope things continue to go well and the shots make a big difference!