This is my long awaited post which took me so long to share about my lifelong allergies. My case is very weird and strange as it could change and shift its attack along the way. My wife has more allergies than me which could even trigger her asthma attacks and swollen throat airways which made her breathing difficult.
I first discovered that I had strong allergy towards beer when I was around 19 years old. I would get severe rashes a few hours after drinking beer which would make me scratch my whole body like a monkey. Later I found that I had no problems with alcoholic drinks like wine or brandy. One day around 23 years old, I started training for marathon runs and went jogging often. One night I attended a function and drank beer again knowing that I would get rashes attack later. I was ready with a bottle of 'minyak angin' lotion to apply my whole body after the beer sessions. I waited whole night until I fell asleep without any rashes attack. From that day onwards I no longer have alcohol allergies till today. Later on I developed partial rashes on both my legs below the knees. I had no idea which food triggered my rashes but I paid no attention as they were quite mild.
Fast forward to my life today, I have suddenly developed new allergy to more food. I was told that one could develop new allergies as they get older for no apparent reasons. The doctors could only give you tablets to bring reliefs or prevention of rash attacks which does not always work. The best solution is to avoid eating the food that appears toxic to my body's weakening system.
The list of my food allergies are longer but I would just share some below:
I just found out that I am allergic to just black mushrooms last year. I had itchy hands around my elbow after dinner at a relative's place and I managed to detect that only black mushroom is the culprit. I am safe with other types of mushroom. You can read about mushroom allergy HERE
I also have severe rashes when I ate almonds recently. Even the almond oils or flakes could trigger the attacks. You can read about almond allergy HERE
This is the saddest allergy as I am fond of spinach and had no idea that it is also a culprit towards my body. I had mild rashes over the years but I did not detect it was spinach then. You can read about spinach allergy HERE
I have been taking honey all my life and never had problem until I went to Bangkok last year. I visited a floating market and saw very cheap honey bottles sold at the stalls. They claimed to be pure, organic and fresh from their own bees farm. I bought 2 bottles and brought home. I had one of the worst rashes attack that made me scratch my hands until it was bleeding because I felt like hundreds of bees stung my hands for eating their honey!!! So scary and I gave away all that cheap honey plus the costly manuka honey after the frightening ordeal. Recently I accidentally took drinks with honey inside and had no problems. Now I suspect that those cheap bottles from the farm was not properly harvested or I am just suitable to eat expensive manuka honey. Hahaha.... You read about the honey allergy HERE
I also had a terrible rashes attack when I drank the Lobster Bisque at Delifrance a few years ago. I found it strange that I have no problems eating very large shrimps or crabs but just lobsters which are from the same shellfish family. You can read about shellfish allergy from HERE
This is the picture of my recent attack before I went to South Korea. It was considered mild as the rashes could be 10 times more horrible than this one. My wife has invested in buying a costly Deer Placenta for me to eat as it would hopefully repair the whole body's aging system especially the liver which causes weakened immunity. That supplement costs her RM10,800! Faints!
Food allergy symptoms are most common in babies and children, but they can appear at any age. You can even develop an allergy to foods you have eaten for years with no problems. Do you suspect you’re suffering from a food allergy?
Oh dear, TM. So many food allergies. It is true that we develop allergies (not everyone of course) as we age. I have developed some sort of allergy to chilies and vinegar. When I take them and if they touch the skin beyond my lips, I develop redness and itchy skin. The skin also becomes very dry. My doctor prescribed a cream but that only remedy the symptoms. So I have to be careful when I eat. It is troublesome as I love chilies and salads with vinegar dressing.ReplyDelete
Your wife loves you so much that she spent a fortune on deer placenta for your immune system. How effective is it so far? I hope it helps to boost your immune system and lessens the allergy attacks. Take care!
Whooooaaa! If I have allergy to chillies, I would cry rivers and buckets of tears!Delete
Yes I believe the deer placenta would help to repair my whole body! I might look 20 years younger soon.
Woooo----of all of the health problems I have had, Food Allergies are not one of them...For anyone with allergies like yours, I know it has to be hard especially when eating at a restaurant... Sometimes I wonder what all they do put in our food when we order something!!!!! Good Luck...ReplyDelete
Hello Betsy! You are a lucky gal and George takes good care of you. That's why you are safe from allergies. In fact, all the different allergy websites were reported from the US websites which made me wonder too.Delete
That's way toooooooooo manyyyyyyyyy allergies. If the placenta doesn't work for you, I got a better idea.ReplyDelete
I am curious what skanky ideas you have? LOLOLDelete
This retired badminton star was rumored to eat the same deer placenta too.
Nothing skanky. Just science.Delete
Touch wood, touch wood, so far I don't have any food allergy and hopefully I can stay like this until end of my life ~~~ReplyDelete
You are very lucky and should enjoy your good food without any worries!Delete
I've never developed any rashes all my life...so I guess I don't have any food allergies. How did you find out which foods are the culprits? Do you develop the rash almost immediately after eating something you're allergic to? But then, you probably ate a lot of different things at the same meal, so how do you pinpoint which foods exactly are causing it? It's also very surprising to find out that one can be allergic to food deemed healthy like spinach and honey! :O Lobsters and shellfish I can understand-lah.ReplyDelete
It took me a very long time to pay attention to my different food allergies until recently. The attacks would occur within minutes with harsh biting skin rashes like being stung by bees and hornets! Gaaaah! Just like that cheapo honey, it was obvious that it was the culprit as I poured a bit to drink and rashes erupted instantly. I thought I was hallucinating the bees stinging me. I will do test trials eating better quality honey again as the recent accidental consumption had no attacks.Delete
As for the spinach case, I could not detect its problem until I did test trials of eating it when I filtered all the list of food eaten. I often have dinner at a relative's house and that's where I always kena rashes from the many dishes that she cooked.
I think beer rashes is common for first time drinkers. I had it too when I drank my first beer back in college. I was covered in horrible rashes. My friends saw me and they too shared that they had rashes too when they drank beer for the very first time. I'm all good now. Can drink beer, wine.. anything .ReplyDelete
Yes I agree that many people have allergy to beer for a start. Maybe my rigorous exercise helped the blood circulation to prevent allergy to the beer. Even doctors cannot help much as each victim has different patterns.Delete
It is true our body becomes different as we age. I am allergic to abalone as shared in my blog, my friends and relatives will joke about it as they said abalone is such a delicacy. I hope the deer placenta which your wifey bought for you will strengthen your immune system and clear your allergics. Do take care! Health is wealth. All the best.ReplyDelete
Yoohoo! I am glad that I have no allergy towards abalone! You can eat the 'abalone mushroom' as substitute as they look the same colour and texture plus tastes the same when cooked with oyster sauce! Try it.Delete
This prized deer placenta is a product from Singapore!
Health is Wealth! I think when I got older now, money is less important than good health as our time gets closer to our graves.
I am allergic to frogs and toadsReplyDelete
When a friend was on a specific medication, she feels her skin itchy when eating seafood. later after she stopped the medication for a long time, she can eat seafood again without feeling itchy. I believe you could go to a specialist clinic in good hospital to do a skin prick test to see exactly what things you are allergic to.ReplyDelete
speaking of deer placenta, I know that some women after giving birth will keep their placenta and process it into powder to eat.ReplyDelete
Sure not fun when you have so many food allergies.ReplyDelete
Take care. Hope the deer placenta helps in recovery. Very expensive investment. Hehe.
A lot of seemingly normal food to the rest of us!
We better remember them especially if we are going out for makan with Anay. :)