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Does this sound like an allergic reaction?

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#1 Jameelah

Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:45 AM


I want to start by saying that I intend to go to the doctor about this but really I'm just curious if this sounds like an allergic reaction or not. Honestly, I'm not very confident at all in those RAST tests and I have a feeling that's all I'm going to be offered.

Yesterday I had a homemade pesto made with raw cashews in it (I'm dairy free due to my bub) and soon afterwards I had a feeling of a lump in my throat and a similar kind of sensation in my chest. Around the same time I felt a pain on the right side of my neck kind of behind my ear. That pain behind my ear progressed to an incredible burning feeling with some swelling. I don't know if the two are connected or not but I have a feeling that they may be since they started approximately around the same time and both mostly subsided around the same time, which was about 4 hours later. I didn't have any difficulty breathing although I did use my ventolin in case it would help. I took an antihistamine about half an hour or so into it but I didn't notice any improvement.

Normally I don't think I would have connected it to the consumption of a particular food but I have on numerous occasions noticed an itchy throat after eating raw cashews (not roasted). I have had a feeling of a lump in my throat previously and I noticed at the time that it was after eating raw cashew. I discounted it to a large degree since it's not every time that I eat raw cashew that I get an itchy mouth and this lump in my throat feeling had happened only once and could easily have been from some other cause.

Any advice/thoughts?

#2 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:54 AM

Get a referral to an allergy specialist and I think I’d be avoiding cashews. I made a nice pesto last night with almonds and pine nuts, you can use any nut really.

#3 bluesilk

Posted 15 September 2018 - 09:55 AM

The symptoms don't sound like typical nut allergy symptoms, which usually include redness, swelling, hives, itching, wheezing...And antihistamines and ventolin should help in that case.
Another thing is that raw nuts are less allergenic than roasted because of the way the roasting process changes the protein in the nut. Apparently boiled nuts are the least allergenic.  
I think you should get it checked out - as far as my experience goes RASH tests are reliable.
I have a child who is allergic to certain nuts and tbh, if in doubt with a new product I rub a tiny bit on the inside of their elbow - within minutes it either results in redness, itching and hives or nothing.

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