Who? Dd 1, age 8
She had eczema and sever reflux as an infant, as well as hives around her mouth after breastfeeding. She had an anaphylactic reaction around 10mos old that required an emergency room visit. At the time they listed her as allergic to Keflex (abx), because I had been taking it for an infection. I now think that it was her peanut allergy and from me eating peanuts. They had me pump and dump for 24 hours and it was awful because she absolutely refused any other nourishment and screamed almost the entire time.
We took her to an allergist the next month, and did skin testing. They almost had to give her epinephrine from the test, because her peanut reaction was so severe. The nurse was bringing in other nurses and docs to "look at this poor baby's back." Her upper lip started to swell as well, but a dose of Benadryl brought it down.
She tested allergic to peanuts and eggs, and she had had reactions at home to both bananas and strawberries. She also had fairly significant reactions to several other allergens - wheat, tuna, milk. But the doc said if she didn't show any symptoms we could continue giving her those things. She started reacting to milk, so we quit giving it to her for a few years.
Now she has outgrown, or overcome, all but the peanut allergy, which has become even more severe, according to the RAST tests. We are very careful, and she has only had one anaphylactic reaction, a few years ago from a cross-contaminated donut. She also started to react on an airplane at age two, from people opening their bags of peanuts, but luckily Benadryl got us through that!
She is also ashmatic and takes a steroid daily, well, actually, when we remember. And she uses an albuterol inhaler or nebulizer treatment when her symptoms are bad. I tend to not give her the steroid when she is symptom free, and the doc isn't too happy about that, but I worry about the side effects. I am interested in learning more about homeopathic remedies.
She is also allergic to dogs and cats. Had quite a severe reaction at someone's house who had cats, but we never knew for sure if it was the cats or something she had eaten.
Oh, and I have developed a few weird food allergies as an adult: salmon, cucumber, and horseradish! (Total side note: one day I was watching Emeril and he made salmon burgers with cucumber relish and horseradish sauce! I called it "Death on a Platter."