Thursday, December 11, 2008

Why do I only SOMETIMES have allergic reactions?

The question has come up (thanks, Lara) of why people are allergic to some coconut sometimes, and not other times. Well, coconut allergies seem to be related to skin, in my unscientific opinion.

I've never had huge problems with coconut milk for some reason. I was able
to eat Indian and Thai food and the only problem I had was feeling a little
dizzy and having some phegm. I think that this is because it just slid
right down with soft food, unnoticed by my immune system once it got past my
mouth. If I can get coconut down my throat, it usually doesn't bother me.
My terrible reactions were if I ate something chewy or crunchy that even
gently scraped the inside of my mouth. Weird, huh. For example, I could
eat cool whip on pancakes just fine, but if I mixed it with crispy bacon, I
would end up taking benadryl as my throat closed up.

I used to eat macaroons with just a little congestion,
so I don't know what the deal is with dried coconut. But give me coconut
shrimp and I'm dying. Still, mysterious why it only happens sometimes. It
could have to do with stress levels and health or some thing. I need to go
see if there are any new books in the library, or find an allergist who has
explored these things as much as I'd like!

2 comments:

Tiffany said...

Thanks for having this blog on Coconut Allergies. I too am deadly allergic to Coconut, and have been for the past 8 years.

The only things that have saved my life was benedryl and or Vicks Vapor Rub and to not panic when I am going into an Allergic shock. But, that works for me. It might be different for others.

I'm doing research today, because last night I went to a high end restaurant with my husband to celebrate a special occasion, and I found out after the fact that in the restrooms they had hand soap with coconut oil in it. That meant all of the wait staff had this coconut oil on their hands. They made special care that the food was coconut free for me, but they failed to realize that they had coconut oil on their clean/washed hands, and it was transfered to the glasses, stemware, anywhere that their "clean hands" had touched in the restaurant.

The food was great, but I am more grateful to be alive this morning!

Keep up the good work in your research and blog postings! Thanks so much, at least I know I'm not alone with having this coconut allergy!

gingerbread said...

I only have more severe reactions with straight coconut. Dried, fresh, milk, extract. I spike a fever, get horrible stomach cramps, break out in hives and eventually a migraine. Thai food and granola bars are barred from my diet. Which sucks. My mom shares the allergy. And like me, things with coconut oil in them don't really affect her. Burts bees lip balm absolutely ruins my lips. Sucks them dry. Most lip balms do. And I check lotions. I had a shampoo with coconut in it dry my scalp so badly it took a month to get back to normal.

If I take benadryl before I eat, i can have curry. But it's usually just not worth the rest of my day being ruined.