Only Allergic To Rye?
Posted 16 December 2011 - 08:43 AM
The other day I had skin prick testing for food allergies. I've spent forever reading about the different methods, and all seem to have positives and negatives, so I just decided to do whatever the allergist recommended to start with. They tested me for a whole huge list of allergens. I've been having a severe reaction to something--my lips and tongue swell, my head stuffs up, I feel nauseated for hours after. I haven't been able to narrow down what was causing it. The skin tests showed that I am severely allergic to only two things: rye and pistachios!
I've been trying to research this a bit and can't seem to find any info about being solely allergic to rye. I didn't react to wheat, oats, corn, or rice...at least the reactions weren't larger than the histamine reaction by however they grade the sizes. I think it had to be 3mm larger or something. I am also not allergic to any other tree nuts.
I realize now that a couple of the a major reactions I've had were after eating a loaf of rye bread, and after eating something from the Whole Foods bakery case where rye bread is on the shelf! So I believe I have a true allergy to it, the skin test was correct.
My kids also eat a lot of pistachios, which I crack open for them. I was probably eating it second hand off of my fingers.
While googling I can't seem to find anything about being only allergic to rye. It's always linked to gluten. Is it possible to just react to rye? Should I pursue some further testing? If so, what tests should I do? The allergist seemed to think that rye was it and I have nothing else to worry about.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:47 AM
Diagnosis by biopsy of practically non-existent villi; gluten-free since July 2000.
Type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes diagnosed in March 1986
Markham, Ontario (borders on Toronto)
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