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by Allergy Guy


At one time, allergy meant any form of hypersensitivity to substances such as foods, dust, mould, pollen, chemicals etc. By the 1960’s, it became clear that different types of reactions exist, and the term “allergy” came to mean “type I hypersensitivity”. The term allergy is becoming more blurred lately, as many people refer to any type of food, particle or chemical intolerance as being an allergy.

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This website, purists may be horrified to discover, uses a more blurred definition of allergy. This is for the sake of convenience, since “type I, II, III, IV or V hypersensitivity” (or even the term hypersensitivity on it’s own) is cumbersome.

The point of this website is that certain substances (for example, a food) cause some people to become ill (celiac for example), or cause any number of undesirable effects, or symptoms (food allergy).

The purpose of this website is to help you discover your allergies, and then deal with them. “Dealing with allergies” ranges from avoiding the allergen (especially in the case of food) to using allergy control products.

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1 Andrea Balfour November 19, 2018 at 06:52

Hi, I seem to have some kind of allergy but the doctors are not really interested in finding out what. I saw a really nice dietitian and she has put me forward for a Celiac test but I don’t think that will detect gluten allergy – just full blown Celiac. I would love for any advice. I live in the UK and doctors just offer the bare minimum – you cannot really get any allergy tests or specific testing or treatment unless your condition is life threatening.
Symptoms – dry mouth
post nasal drip – very bad in air conditioning or central
dry eyes (just from mouth etc being dry)
horrible dry tongue after eating spinach and feta
cheese was one of the first symptoms
diarrhea every morning when I wake up

I have tried lactose free and dairy free but symptoms did not improve much.
General blood tests are fine apart from inflammation indicators being slightly raised.

Any thoughts as to what is going on would be much appreciated.
Thanks, Andrea


2 Charlene October 13, 2017 at 19:34

I have just been assessed for food allergies.
The list:
Food Grade Citric Acid (mold)
Yeast… this one seems to be the hardest to figure out. Yeast canbe in so many things that are fermented like ketchup, vinegar, pickles, msg, modified corn starch… Too Many

Please help. Any helpful ideas about buying safe food while maintaining my sanity is much appreciated!


3 Daniel July 2, 2013 at 15:31


I have been suffering from bad health for as long as I can remember. Lately I have been CRYING to my Dr to try and help me. I have has sever ringing in ears, loss of hearing, loss of memory, feelings like bugs are crawling out of my ears, weird vision. depression… and so on. YOU NAME IT. I could never put a finger on it and knew i would just confuse any Dr with all my random symptoms.

I had an allergy test yesterday. I am allergic to 8 trees, 5 weeds, all species of grass, SOIL!, beef, barley, rice, dust mites. I think thats it?

I think this has been my health issues. I consume rice,beef and barley everyday…..

How can I be clean of all this to feel normal again??


4 Allergy Guy July 31, 2013 at 11:42

I’ve written my response to you as an article, please see Controlling Allergy Symptoms and Feeling Normal.


5 clare December 7, 2011 at 17:25

my 5 year old daughter has alergies to dairy and soya already. and yesterday after her breakfast of weetabix and oatly milk she had a major reaction. covered in rash and her hands and feet swelled really badly. hosp said she was 1 step away from anaphalactic shock…and we bin told she prob gota have an epi pen.. that happend yesterday and shes still covered in a rash….. i have no idea how were gona cope now, theres so much she cant have . poor little thing . any recipy ideas would be great plz …. cant contain dairy/ soya / wheet/ or oats xx


6 Danielle October 10, 2011 at 22:41

I have food intolerance to yeast, dairy and eggs. I’m open to ideas of how to deal with it. I’ve found things I can eat but it gets boring sometimes, Im looking for new things to try (but its frustrating to always search and put it right back on the shelf or to worry that the new food will make me sick) I would love to hear whats helped others.
Also, I am traveling to South Africa and am super excited about it but super nervous about what to eat. Let me know if you have any experience with allergies/intolerance and South African food.



7 Allergy Guy October 13, 2011 at 20:01

I know exactly how you feel Danielle! You will find lots of ideas on this site, and others out there on the internet. And with time you’ll learn the ropes and it will get easier for you.


8 ines December 5, 2011 at 15:29

Hi Danielle!
I found out today that I have food intolerance very similar to yours… I have a Bimby (have you heard of it? it’s a sort of magic food processor with which you can cook almost anything very easily) and I hope to be able to make e.g. sort of “my own bread” with the food I’m not allergic to (buckwheat and I can eat corn twice a week)… I hope it works! Good luck for you… ๐Ÿ˜‰


9 Charise August 12, 2011 at 11:24


Go off all dairy. There is a cross allergic reaction between dairy and pollen. Eating dairy triggers the pollen response.

God bless,


10 Kathy Cole August 11, 2011 at 08:52

Hello ,
I am desprate and feel very sad as a doctor will not lisen to me. I am allergic to 9/out of 10 pollens…currently in melbourne it’s high. I can’t hae antihistimines as I am allergic to them too. Recently I bought a vaporizer to try an alleviate the symptoms , however went from bad to worse. The vaporizing liquid had methyl salycitate . I only had it on for 8 hours , but devloped almost like toxic symptoms. Runny nose ,Itchy runny eyes and asthma . Still two weeks later I can’t get rid of the vaporizer smell. It gone from eucaliptus smell to a wood burning smell. I am unable to sleep in my room and Doctors say I shouldn’t be allergic to that. Please am I allegic to the methyl salyciate ? I can’t go for a patch test because doctors say it cost too much money. Please can somone help me. I’m crying and scared . Help ! Also will I ever be able to go back into my room ?


11 Shellie March 1, 2012 at 17:36

Try finding a health practitioner who specializes in NAET. That cured me (literally) of 28 pollen and mold allergies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck!


12 Connie March 2, 2011 at 14:12

I have a shellfish and other fish allergy. My shellfish includes all crustaceans and molluscs. For other fish, I tested positive for salmon, haddock and trout. I had wanted to be tested for more exotic species as I travel, however my doctor didn’t have the serum. I was interested in sea urchins and jellyfish for example. I have been trying to find out if there is a link with these species and shellfish but have come up empty.


13 scott February 5, 2011 at 18:36

I want to know about what foods contain yeast,I have been told that it may be the cuase for severe allergy problems I have.


14 Allergy Guy February 7, 2011 at 11:31

See Foods that Contain Yeast, an article on this site.


15 Charise January 18, 2011 at 16:50

He could also be reacting to the excess fluoride in the pasta! I know it sounds nuts, but many people are sensitive to fluoridated water, and when foods like pasta are made, we get a highly concentrated dose. Fluoride does not evaporate when foods are cooked or boiled, rather it is concentrated, so a pasta noodle would have heavy concentrations of fluoride. The fluoride added to our water is not a necessary nutrient, so it can really be allergenic. You may want to also check ingredients in Aspirin. Most medication is also high in different types of fluoride so this may be the connection. I would do some research on fluoride toxicity and sensitivity, and check with your city about how much is in your water. Adya water filters get out all fluoride as do some other more expensive filters.


16 Rachel January 12, 2011 at 10:10

My husband gets symptoms like hay fever when he eats pasta. Lately this has been happening more often (every couple of days)even when he has no pasta and his allergy pills are less effective. Does he need to cut out all wheat? He also takes a low-dose aspirin daily. Does that have anything to do with it? I’ve been seeing that mentioned on websites.



17 Allergy Guy January 18, 2011 at 09:32

Pasta is pretty much just wheat, so yes, I suggest he cuts out all gluten. Also watch for what he usually puts on the pasta, maybe it is something in the sauce rather than the wheat.

Aspirin can cause minor stomach bleeding, so that may be the connection. It might be worth replacing the daily aspirin with something else that serves the same purpose.


18 izet cekic January 7, 2011 at 02:43

The last two years and especially this year, suffering from salt that is dumped on roads, so I feel a lot salt in my whole mouth and throat and this salt seems to me increasing the level of my stomach acid also(acid reflux) and I suffer a lot in this time, when I take to eat or drink the salt is cleaned of my mouth, and if I after sitting in the apartment where the door and windows are closed then I don’t have this problems anymore with salt.
Thanks !


19 Kari January 6, 2011 at 12:29

Hi, I am having a issue with my daughter. She just turned 2 years old and never had any kind of allergic reaction to food before. (My 3 yr old son is allergic to apples) So far she has had reactions to Ranch dressing, Caesar dressing, Little Caesar’s pizza, and Minigo yogurt (peach/raspberry mix). I just feel lost cause I don’t know what’s going on! She has an allergy test coming up


20 Allergy Guy January 6, 2011 at 23:26

Hi Kari,

That’s really too bad that your daughter seems to be developing allergies. Hopefully she’ll grow out of them.

I suggest you write down all of the ingredients of each of the products to which she reacts and try to find what they all have in common, then try to eliminate ingredients by finding product with those same ingredients but no reaction.


21 Eugene Weatherup December 26, 2010 at 16:46

My Dr. has diagnosed my problem “hives from red meat allergy” caused by a tick bite as galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (Alpha-Gal) IgE . Do you know of studies that might go further and address beef byproducts, milk and cheese as it affects those of us with this problem


22 Amy December 10, 2010 at 00:24

hi, i have had a terrible skin rash for the past three months, i have had 16 doctors visits but no creams antibiotics or anything have worked..i have tried everything!! it is on both my inner thighs, around my underarms and on the buttocks, does this sound liek maybe a gluten intolerance? it is the only thing i havent tried


23 Allergy Guy December 10, 2010 at 12:10

Hi Amy,

Skin symptoms tend to be very hard to diagnose. Usually doctors try treating the symptoms, rather than looking for the underlying cause.

So, you’re on the right track!

One possible cause is some sort of food reaction, and yes, gluten is one possible cause. Try cutting it out and see what happens.

Keep in mind that it may caused by any number of foods, singly or in combination.

Best of luck!


24 rogers13 February 17, 2014 at 22:09

I have a minor gluten problem that results in dermatological symptoms rather than intestinal symptoms. I have put gluten products out of my life. My symptoms, and the location of them, are exactly as yours. After recently completing a 3-week cleanse diet, I began to reintroduce some of my favorite things to my diet. I experienced a sudden recurrence of rash and itching on inner thighs, buttocks and underarms. I stopped everything and began introducing things again, one at a time. The culprit turned out to be both red and white wines. Just one glass was enough to cause the problem after just a few hours. I never had a problem with wines before… not an obvious one. However, this discovery may be the answer to similar symptoms that I’ve experienced for years without accurate diagnosis. As for medication, oral Benadryl and/or topical Benadryl cream clears things up. The cream doesn’t work as quickly as the oral med.


25 Kay August 2, 2010 at 18:40

You have covered everything but synthetic perfume allergies. I am literally a prisoner in my own home now that I live in Quebec where everyone insists on wearing huge amounts of cologne or perfume.


26 Allergy Guy August 3, 2010 at 21:20

You are right Kay, synthetic perfumes are vile, and can certainly cause allergies, this is a common problem. I’ll see about getting some info on the site.


27 Stacy October 1, 2009 at 13:42


For the past two weeks I feel nausious as if something could come up. I’ve had this years ago and was told allergies were causing nasal drainage. Is that true? Would an allergy medicine help? It’s just an annoying feeling ๐Ÿ™


28 Mary April 12, 2017 at 12:54

My brother and I have this! For me I feel nausious but its really heartburn they say from the drainage. I started taking heartburn medicine and it really helped. My brother actually has a much more severe reaction – he has the nausea but then randomly this will cause his esophagus to swell and he will get food stuck in his throat. He was tested for every food allergy under the sun and it all came back negative. They seem fairly confident its due to this nasal drainage.

I hope this helps!


29 Kelly July 1, 2009 at 18:03


I have a 11year old son that was just diagnosed with some very complex allergies, ranging from Gluten, wheat, nuts, seeds, onions,peanut,annatto, and strawberries. How do you help a child of this age deal with a massive dietary change like this, and how do u help them with the grief (depression)that goes with these changes..


30 admin July 4, 2009 at 14:36

Allergies and children

That is a good question, Kelly.

I don’t have much experience with children, so I hope other visitors will leave comments for you you to help you out.

I hope you are able to find foods that she likes and that she can eat, and then help her focus on what she can eat.

Maybe you can find some treats that she loves and that don’t contain the foods she is allergic to, and make her feel special because only she can eat them.

Teaching her to look forward rather than backwards will be a good life lesson.

Following a new diet is inconvenient, but it is also an adventure.


31 Barb January 17, 2011 at 01:20

Piece of cake,,,,,,,he’s old enuf to know what it’s like to feel great.
So approach it this way…..Just think, he can eat ”everything else”’. And he’ll feel great.

I was diagnosed as a child, and once my Mom Knew what I was allergic to, then it was easy……..instead of me throwing my eggs down the toilet every morning, without her knowing it, so as not to embarass her, (for I was getting stomach aches from mild and eggs and orange juice), she figured out that it was obvious I needed to be tested once I missed so much school due to susceptibility to sickness , due to my allergies.
So I got allergy shots, five per week, and I felt like a MILLION BUCKS, and IN FACT , WHEN EVERYONE AT SCHOOL OR HOME GOT SICK, I DIDN’T……





32 Allergy Guy January 18, 2011 at 09:17

I couldn’t agree more, Barb, well put!


33 Anonymous November 15, 2008 at 10:30

wine allergy or eczema

I have been told by a MD/dermatologist that I have eczema on my hands/legs, but it seems to get worse at times–possibly after drinking wine. On my hands I have small VERY itchy blisters especially around the knuckles and joints. The skin after a day or two gets dry and peels off. The legs are similar but not quite as intense. Does anyone else have something similar or do you have any suggestions? This has been going on for 5 years on and off. Thanks for any help.


34 Sarah December 18, 2008 at 10:01

wine allergy or excema

Yes, I have had the same symptoms for about 3 years now, the same places you mentioned and also around the knuckles and base of my toes. I could never figure out what was causing it. Most recently, I got the same thing on my cheeks and lips! I just enjoyed a bottle of Chilean sauvignon blanc this week and symptoms began the first night we had it and got progressively worse after we finished it the next day. I really wonder if it is connected to the wine. Of course now I can’t recall whether I had a similar wine in other years or what. But once the symptoms begin, they don’t just go away!


35 Shire September 19, 2010 at 12:38

I have the exact same symptoms! I started to have a glass or two every night and suddenly my eczema got really bad. I have had no wine for five days now and my skin is clearing up! I (sadly) think it is the wine as I have changed nothing else. (White wine.)


36 Charise November 19, 2010 at 12:15

Sounds like a sulfite/sulfate allergy. Sulfites are added to wine. Sulfates are added to soaps and detergents that you would use on your clothes and skin. It is difficult to eliminate, but use Dr. bronner’s soap for everything including laundry (add washing soda and borax 1/4 each per load) and you will find the rash goes away. Eliminate added sulfates/sulfites in foods, including wines, processed cheeses, breads, dried fruit, some fruit juices etc.


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