My name is Whitney and I am allergic to a lot of foods. And as of Easter this year- I can add coconut/coconut oil to my list. I went to the movies and had movie popcorn (for probably the first time in a very, very long time) and my tongue swelled up so badly that it was impossible for me to speak without being in a huge amount of pain. My tongue also turned really white and looked almost like blisters on the side. I had no idea what was going on- other than that I needed benadryl (and my mom!) right away. I knew that something was wrong just because of the other allergies that I've developed in the past 7 years. (I later called the theatre to see what the popcorn was made in to confirm the allergy- I would have never thought!!!). I am turning 27 pretty soon, and when I was a sophomore in college I became allergic to nuts. One day I could eat them, one day I could not. I was to avoid all nuts from that moment on. I am always developing new allergies now... sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, all nuts, some raw fruits and vegetables. I had always avoided coconut in the past because I wasn't sure if I was allergic or not. But now I know for sure that I am. Even last week, I picked up some veggie burgers at the store, cooked one, took one bite, realized that I hadn't checked the back of the box for ingredients. Within a few moments my mouth was tingly and I had to take a benadryl... the ingredient? Coconut oil!!
Last week I started my research on this new allergy that I have, and came across your blog. I wanted to say thank you, because I learned a lot about new foods to stay away from (cool whip...wow!) and that I am not alone with this allergy. I have days where it doesn't bother me (my allergies in general), and others where I just break down in a "why me" kind of fashion. I have to be thankful that I am still able to eat eggs, wheat, dairy, gluten- which so many others are not able to. Your blog was a breath of fresh air, and I wanted you to know how much it meant to me to see something written about some of the issues that I am constantly learning about.
All the best, and thank you,