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#1 of 8 Old 12-20-2008, 11:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone ever heard of having a carrot allergy? My daughter has reacted to carrots (plain), and even the yobaby yogurts that use carrot juice for color. (I didn't read teh label until after the reaction) Symptoms were blotcy hives, itchy eyes and severe swelling around the eyes. I don't get a lot of info from the medicinal bible of google, lol. Just wondering if asnyone else is dealing with this.
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No but I thought my dd was reacting to them at one point. Its definitely possible. It sounds like you have it narrowed down pretty well.

ETA: Do you have an Epipen for her?
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Yep- DD tested positive to carrots, although hers isn't an IgE reaction.

It's possible to be allergic to anything!!

ETA: I also agree that with that severe of a reaction, you should definitely see an allergist and get a prescription for an Epipen.

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I have a carrot allergy as well as a celery allergy. Neither is very severe but if I eat them I get ill.
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My neice was allergic to carrots. She did outgrow it though.

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Here is some info about carrot allergies:
http://www.netwellness.org/question.cfm/40415.htm

Allergies to carrots are most common in Europe, where up to 25 percent of people with a food allergy avoid carrots.
http://scienceline.org/2006/10/15/ask-phillips-carrots/

Celery, apples, mugwort, certain spices and birch pollen, PARSLEY family (carrot, celery, dill, anise, cumin, coriander, cilantro, fennel, anise, caraway), potato, lettuce, cucumber, watermelon, pear, cherry, apricot, mango, hazelnut, paprika, curry and pepper are all related foods.
http://ezinearticles.com/?Food-Aller...lens&id=306107

http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/Article...od_Allergy.htm
http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/abstract.do?topicKey=~UUWaDXN2tJJvq&refNum=28

Cross Reactivity
Individuals with birch allergy can cross react with apples, pears, almonds, peaches, apricots, cherries, plums, nectarines, prunes, kiwi, carrots, celery, fennel, parsley, coriander, parsnips, peppers, and potatoes. Hazel nuts, almonds and walnuts are also associated.

Alder pollen allergy cross reacts with celery, pears, apples, almonds, cherries, hazel nuts, peaches, and parsley.

The foods known to cross react with ragweed pollen are watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, zucchini, banana and cucumber. Even dandelions or chamomile tea can cause a reaction because they belong to the same plant family.

Grass pollens allergies may cross react with melons, tomatoes and oranges.

Mugwort pollen allergy is associated with celery, fennel,carrots, parsley, coriander, sunflower and peppers.

http://www.food-allergens.de/symposi...-allergens.htm


http://www.allallergy.net/fapaidfind.cfm?cdeoc=255
http://books.google.com/books?id=1p7...um=1&ct=result

I would get an EpiPen ASAP and start classical homeopathy. Also, keep benedryl (perhaps, steroids), and vit C on hand at all times. I would consider allergen immunotherapy due to the degree of allergen cross-reactivity risks. And I'd do serious gut healing measures such as probiotics, CLO, CO, magnesium, bone broths, zinc, selenium, etc.

This sounds seriously difficult.


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WuWei's info is great!

I know for me I have cross reactions because of a birch allergy. I react to but am not actually allergic to: apples, pears, almonds, peaches, apricots, cherries, plums, nectarines, kiwi, carrots, celery, Hazelnuts, and almonds. I have found if I cook the above foods (like make a apple pie) my reactions are much less if not non existent.
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Thanks for the info. We do not have an epi pen currently, but I'm going to ask her pedi about getting one, just in case. I'm reeeeally hoping it is a "grow out of it" allergy. Carrots are in EVERYTHING! I never thought they were an allergen. Oy Vey!
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