Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Chemical Testing For Allergies--Uck--A Rant.
0

12 posts in this topic

Hello my GFF's!

Throughout the holidays, I stayed gluten-free-- and only had my "usual" rashes. Better than before with no gluten, peanuts, citrus, etc.... Enough said about that... Here is my rant though :wacko:

I went to my Allergist yesterday. He was adamant that I take all of the chemical tests. I repeatedly told him that I was very afraid of having a severe reaction. He stated that children as well as people in their 90's do the test--I did not need to be worried. :huh: Now, I know that I have chemical allergies--because I have already self-tested i.e. the primary hair dye, and formaldehyde. He stated that I needed to do them ASAP--meaning that day...I was not prepared to do them--(for those who have followed in the past-I decided to *not* do the chemical testing on New Years Eve. I felt good about that decision.

He was very unhappy about it. I then told him about a rash on my ears that does not go away. My ears get very red, scaley, itchy and I constantly put lotion on them. I thought about what I most often have around my ears--hair (gluten-free shampoo/conditioner), cell phone--Hmmmmmm :ph34r: So I brought it up to him. Showed him my phone--and he stated that I was allergic to rubber (the case around the cell phone is made of rubber). Sure enough, right where the rubber case touches my ears is where the "itching ick" is. He gave me three handouts--because there are 3 types of rubber that people can be allergic to. He said to take off the case--(Duh <_< I think I figured that out by this point in the conversation).

He then repeated that I needed to do the chemical tests. And said to call him when I was ready to do the tests. He tried to be kind--but then gave me a spray for my nose (again) because it is "stuffy". He also said to get rid of my 3 cats--as I am allergic. I am aware of being allergic to them--but they are very old--and will be "passing soon enough" without me doing it now. He was not understanding of this issue.

He said he would see me soon. I get to the front desk, and he wanted a follow-up appt in TWO MONTHS! I almost fainted. I walked in with rashes on my arms--back--ears--but his message was clear. He basically was not going to "treat" me regularly until I did his freeeeeeking chemical test! :angry:

Aaaacchhhh! So I left his office crying--and feeling very helpless. Frantic. Does anyone have any feedback to give me? I am feeling kind of depressed :ph34r:

So I am editing a bit more...since rubber of the most common kind (i.e. cell phone case) also means all elastic, headphones, rubber bands, .... Now, this is kind of personal--but what kind of under-garments do *not* have elastic in them???? Where the elastic is in the garments is also where I have rashes. :( Any ideas about this problemo? Going without is not an option :blink:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Hi LJ,

I guess banana leaves are out eh? :) Sorry, not much help for the undies thing here . I am kind of partial to those ones they paint on myself, being an artist I like that painting stuff ya know. Well, I am totally useless for your situation I guess, but please take a look at this thread started by Riceguy on allergies. Especially the post he made with several links about anaphylactic reactions and quercetin. Very interesting stuff there. One thot tho, how about that skin in a bottle stuff? I think they call it Nu-skin or something? Or gloves in a bottle? Nu-skin is for healing cuts, and it is used to isolate the area from the environment for a few days while the skin heals. Might be helpful a little. I don't know if the gloves in a bottle stuff would help or not, but it might. Artists use it sometimes to protect their hands from chemicals.

http://www.celiac.co...lergy-vaccines/

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi FP!

Thanks for responding...The banana leaves are out true! :D I have tried the Nu-Skin product--might help but there appears to be a "referral response" to outward areas around the elastic. Like the cell phone cover, it was primarily on my ears, but also behind and under my ears down toward the neck. Uch.

Any thoughts about the chemical testing?

I do like the link you referred me to....Very interesting. I am going to re-read it. It fits me to a tee from what I can see! ;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi LJ,

I guess it depends on how you feel about the testing. It might be a quick way to figure out other triggers. So that would be good. If you don't get the testing, you may get surprised some day by a reaction. Are you prepared for that now? Since the cell phone thing didn't become obvious until he asked you about it, maybe it makes sense to go ahead and get tested. You would be in his office for the first hour or two right? So if you did react you could get help right away or have the test patches removed. Maybe it's better than wondering what unexpected things might cause a reaction?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I feel like "Horshack" ---

LJ....histamines - took me for freaking ever to understand -- I will pm you some links - on my cell cuz kids killed my computer today - if you don't hear from me - a gentle nudge is always welcome ;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I think that 100% cotton elastic is available at the fabric store. It might be installed in some garments which are for sale.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi FP, I don't know...I am feeling a better about the rubber allergy today--not so gloomy :D Now I am figuring out where all of the rubber is in my house.... I don't know about the testing. (Although he did say If I had strong reactions I could take them off)...I will keep thinking about it! I know that I hate surprises that pop up on me--but I would like to clear out the elastic issue/rubber problem first! Thanks for the feedback--as always!!!! :D

Hi LJ,

I guess it depends on how you feel about the testing. It might be a quick way to figure out other triggers. So that would be good. If you don't get the testing, you may get surprised some day by a reaction. Are you prepared for that now? Since the cell phone thing didn't become obvious until he asked you about it, maybe it makes sense to go ahead and get tested. You would be in his office for the first hour or two right? So if you did react you could get help right away or have the test patches removed. Maybe it's better than wondering what unexpected things might cause a reaction?

I feel like "Horshack" ---

LJ....histamines - took me for freaking ever to understand -- I will pm you some links - on my cell cuz kids killed my computer today - if you don't hear from me - a gentle nudge is always welcome ;)

GottaSki, Are you feeling like Horshack (meaning itshay) now???? I would love the links--so I will look forward to getting them (if I can find them! Thank you! :D

I think that 100% cotton elastic is available at the fabric store. It might be installed in some garments which are for sale.

Hi--Diane? 1desperateladysaved! I tried to find your blog--but couldn't -- (I am IT challenged)... Ohhhhh, 100% cotton elastic to be sewn in all my undies???? :wacko: I am still working on the easy ones! :lol:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oops, my first try at multiquotes--It did not turn out so well! I hope you all can make sense out of it!

On the up side--I have found that the shower cap is causing the rash on my forehead--My brush has rubber on it--and every time I use it have been itching--Time to find replacements for those two things....

The undies problem that 1desperatesaved lady suggested is a good one--Just overwhelming to think about it. As in how do one go about doing that for bras? :(

Anyway, I am feeling better--and problem solving my way through this maze of allergy gunk!

FP is right in that I probably have more lurking around--but right now I am feeling a bit overwhelmed just by the rubber allergy. (Do you know it's on rubber kitchen utensils???? B) Those I can avoid--but it is amazing where all the rubber is....including my one small make-up applicator for eye shadow!!! Forward and onward...at least I know of one source that has been bombarding my skin! :rolleyes::D :D

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi LJ,

Shadowicewolf has a latex allergy I think. She mentioned it recently in the funny pages. She might have some idears for ya.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know how much help this will be but...

My allergy is no where near as bad as what your discribing. It rears its head when i use normal bandaids or if i wear gloves made of latex. From the bandaids, I get hives that last for about a week, and the gloves cause my hands to itch and turn red.

I have no issues with elastic in the underware or any other garment. You can, however, find undies without the elastic in them, as well as other clothes.

For bandaids i use the Nexcare brand. They mainly use latex free items. For the gloves, i have found a pair of lined rubber gloves, however, i am unsure of them as of right now.

From my understanding, different rubbers are used for different things. I have no issues with say, the rubber on a basketball.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know how much help this will be but...

My allergy is no where near as bad as what your discribing. It rears its head when i use normal bandaids or if i wear gloves made of latex. From the bandaids, I get hives that last for about a week, and the gloves cause my hands to itch and turn red.

I have no issues with elastic in the underware or any other garment. You can, however, find undies without the elastic in them, as well as other clothes.

For bandaids i use the Nexcare brand. They mainly use latex free items. For the gloves, i have found a pair of lined rubber gloves, however, i am unsure of them as of right now.

From my understanding, different rubbers are used for different things. I have no issues with say, the rubber on a basketball.

Yes, I am having to be pretty careful with the elastic. Any rubber I am leery of...(You are right--there are 3 different "rubbers" that we can react to. Most common--elastic, rubber gloves, goggles & of course, my fav: the cell phone cover! ;)

I have some very heavy duty rubber gloves that are lined too--then, I wear my little white 100% cotton gloves inside of them with the tops of the gloves over long sleeves. In an pinch, this has worked, and it has not caused me problems! :D I am guessing if you have similar high quality gloves with a lining--that you might be ok!!! (I hope) :rolleyes: Thank you for the input--I will be looking for 100% cotton everythings! :lol: :lol: :lol:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi LJ,

I ran across some of these Latex free bandages in my local organic market today. It looks like they make a line of latex free products. the company is called "All Terrain".

http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=674835&storeId=10052&langId=-1

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,644
    • Total Posts
      921,579
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Three years ago I lost about 40kgs (Aussie lol) by better diet & exercise. All was going great til I stopped losing. I upped my exercise but bizarrely started gaining weight. One night a week of not being able to sleep soon became two, then virtually every night with either 1-2hrs tops or none at all. These weird symptoms started about two years ago, becoming worse in say, the last 9mnths. Then I started to get diarrhea. Occasionally then weirdly 2-3 days with multiple occurences then a day or two with nothing, then back to loose & offensive. My GP ran tests, including the TTga (hope that's  right) antibody blood test. Negative so he tells me that's not it. After 9mnths of this he shrugs and says, "I don't know what it is I've run out of ideas what ideas do you have?" Finally refers me to a gastrointerogist.  Private, of course and can't really afford it but we (my fiance and I) go. Stools and blood samples are ordered, basically bye, see you in a month. I have looked my symptoms up and they seem to point to Celiac. Today we went back. I have been having bloated stomach, sore back and limbs,  lovely burps, constant urination and crushing anxiety attacks folowed by depression (which I have never had before in my life). Admitted over the last weekend I didn't sleep for two and a half days and found myself hallucinating and crying to just be able to sleep. Mr fancy pants gastrointerogist says," Hey great news, the stools samples rule out parasites and Crohns!" I tell him how excrutiating the last month has been to which he replies, "It's not Celiac disease, (points at negative blood test results). Celiac doesnt present with diarrhea, anxiety and frquent urination all together." I also had a fecal occult blood test which showed positive & notes say are maybe due to a lower gi bleed, and a ct scan that says shows some damage which, in their words, could be due to a condition such as Celiac disease. He has booked me for a double scope as the next step, has a few ideas what it could be (won't tell me because he doesn't want me to be 'anxious'). Told me to consider that all these symptoms could be me just worrying and being anxious. Told him when this started I was not worried about anything, shrugged and said, It could stil have happened, hey, sometimes we never find out what causes it and your just stuck with diarrhea forever." Then as I was leaving he slapped me on the back and said, "Don't worry so much, see you soon." I need to have the scopes done but is it me or are the things I was told today not true?  I would honestly love it not to be Celiac disease but could he be wrong?
    • Sigh. I totally do love the packs of stretch pants at Costco though...
    • hey, i'm vegetarian and gluten free as well
      have you tried making any recipes with cashew nuts like cashew cheese or pasta sauce? they're really good, easy to make and an excellent way to get more protein/iron
      i can send you some of the easy recipes if you like  
    • Right, fistulas or fissures are usually associated with Crohns, but not celiac.  It is not impossible to have both conditions though.
    • Bravo for being strong enough to bring this topic up.  Depression, anxiety, and other mental or neurological issues are common in celiacs and those with NCGI.  Science is finally catching up to what many of us have already known to be true.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3641836/ I have suffered from anxiety and still have some neuropathies.  At first I blamed menopause (that alone can make you crazy), but my symptoms tend kick in after a Gluten exposure and improve as I heal.   You are not crazy!  Gluten can cause so many problems.  What other disease requires that the patient be in charge of "medicating" and caring for themselves?  Most of us after a diagnosis get a "Well, just avoid gluten.  Lucky you that there are so many restaurants that offer a gluten free menu!", speech from our doctors.  We never get time off from thinking about food, our next meal and will it be safe?  Our relationship with food changes dramatically and it can be exhausting.   We do need more resources and support from medical, but for now, at least this forum is helpful!    
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,651
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Kricket73
    Joined