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Ok the scratch test surprised me. Not dogs, Not cats, Not dairy or Wheat... all of my theories blown. She's badly allergic to mold and grass. I live in a "new" 5 year old house in a very arid environment. What in the world can I do? I took the (moldy)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">: humidifier out of her room, but beyond that I don't see an answer besides medication. She's too young for desensitization and I don't have any obvious mold havens in the house. I'm getting another air purifier for her room (we have one in the living room.) Any other ideas?
 

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Is she sensitive to the molds on foods (even fresh foods have molds, as do most processed foods and meats)? Or just enviornmental molds?
 

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I'm going to guess all of the above, though that was not discussed. We only did a "mini panel" and she tested positive to the mold mix and all 3 of the individual "molds" I have the specific "species" in the paperwork. Rasperries are one of her most favorite foods. She will eat a pint a day if I let her. I'm thinking that's bad sonce they get moldy fast.
 

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I'm highly allergic to mold, both environmental and on foods.<br><br>
I also live in an old, damp house ridden with mold. I do what I can to keep moisture from accumulating, with dehumidifiers, sending DH to rip up paneling and kill the mold below, etc.<br><br>
I also am just very careful with what I eat. If I don't eat a fresh fruit or veggie within 2 days, I won't eat it. I carefully examine all my food. And if something manages to get mold on it in the fridge, I throw EVERYTHING out and stay out of the house while DH cleans the fridge.<br><br>
Oh yea, and I refuse to let SIL (who lives in the downstairs apartment) to kill the silverfish in the basement. Those are lovingly referred to as "my lovelies". They eat mold. I can always tell when she's been down there squishing them, because my allergies flare severely when I do laundry. If they do and I ask her about it, sure enough, she was down there killing my pretties.<br><br>
Other than that though, even with my fairly old and moldy house, I'm usually alright with no reactions. As long as I try to avoid mold best as I can and have DH be sure to kill any, I'm alright.
 

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From the testing done on my son, the three (and there may be more) molds that are food based are<br>
Alternaria, Cladosporium and Mucor. These are also enviornmental molds. Depending on how much of an impact these have.. depends on what you have to avoid. For my DS it means seasonal allergy medications when the leaves start decomposing.. for my son's friend it means being on a VERY strict diet that includes avoiding all processed meats, any fruit or veggie not eaten within 2 days of being bought at the supermaker (fresher veggies and fruits can be eaten for longer if gotten from local farms etc), nothing preserved in vinegar or having vinegar in it.. the list goes on. He has had good luck with specific enzymes that target these molds and help with their processing in the body, but he still has to be careful in his diet.<br><br>
If you google those molds, you may get more info about them and how to minimize their impact on your child.
 

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And just because she didn't test positive for wheat and dairy, doesn't mean she doesn't have an intolerance. Scratch tests blood tests only test for an IgE response. So if you thought she was reacting to wheat and milk, she may be. I just wanted you to keep that in mind.<br><br>
I'm a mold allergy (that sounds funny) and we live in a very damp river valley. The allergies didn't show up until I moved to this town. I ended up with 5 years of allergy shots, and they worked. My kids all have seasonal allergies, and they're all on Zyrtec. It's either that or they cough and sneeze constantly. I choose the medication.<br><br>
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