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Seeking opinion regarding "Oral Allergy Syndrome"

Good evening,

I would like to know if there is a remedy for Oral Allergy Syndrome? From my research, it is caused by an allergy to Birch and Alder pollen. I do have seasonal allergies; however, I experience this throughout the year.

When I eat fresh fruits and veggies...apples, kiwi, cherries, celery, carrots and a handful of others, my body reacts as if I've eaten the pollen itself. It seems that the proteins in the fruit mimic the pollen. Even organic fruits and veg cause the reaction. Apis 30C does help during these attacks, but I'm looking for a preventive.

I end up with tingling, itching in my mouth, hives on the roof of my mouth and my gums, tongue and throat itchy. It's never really severe, just really annoying.

It does not happen when I eat the fruit/veg cooked. Even briefly steamed, the heat changes the chemistry of the food.

Any help would be wonderful.

Thank you so much,
Dawn
 
  dawnb122200 on 2011-03-07
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Please copy the Questionnaire from the following thread
http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/188925/
and post all the questions here duly answered. On that basis your remedy may be worked out.
 
kadwa 9 years ago
Patient ID: Dawnb122200
Sex: Female Age: 37

Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering? Having an allergic reaction to eating raw fruits and vegetables. I have hives on the hard palette of my mouth, an itchy throat and itchy ears. This happens when I each apples, cherries, kiwi, etc. My research shows it is something called 'Oral Allergy Syndrome' where certain fruits mimic certain pollen allergies. In my case, it is birch pollen. This reaction happens year-round, not just during the spring or 'hay fever' season.
I can usually control the symptoms with the Apis remedy, but would really like to see if I could eliminate the reaction completely.

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

- Overweight
- PCOS (confirmed with ultrasound)
- Psoriasis
- Occasional 'pimple-like' rash on sides and under arms
- Excessive moles (all benign)
- Dry skin on face and extremities
- Thyroid levels that keep testing 'low normal'
- I sneeze alot...many sneezes in a row...10, 12, 14 at a time.

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

- Mild Depression (not officially diagnosed)
- Lethargic
- 'Don't want to get out of bed' feeling
- Sleepy most of the time
- Un-motivated to do anything
- Sadness, will cry easily (which is really not like me)

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?

- Just sad, frustrated. I plan to do things and usually don't follow through. I have no energy to do much. When I don't accomplish what I want to do, I get mad at myself.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

I've had this overall description happening on and off for over 10 years. I've pretty much given up on any kind of help from a medical doctor. Every one I've ever talked to solely wants to put me on anti-depressants which isn't an option. There's something underlying and I don't know where to look anymore. I think it's hormonal, but the Dr's tell me I'm OK (but want to write a script anyway!)

6. Which time of the day you are worst? Morning and evening

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same?

- For the fruit allergy reaction, Apis will usually stop it. For the other issues, I'm not sure. They've been around so long that it's just become part of me. I think the cold weather makes it worse (I live in Northern Michigan). It does improve somewhat with warmer weather, but it's never really gone away. I don't think I've felt particularly 'really healthy' in quite a while...it's been over 10 years.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

I think my issues tie back to hormones. It's not just with menses, but my entire endocrine system as a whole. I've tried targeting specific things (like thyroid) and see some improvement briefly, but no long-term, drastic improvement.


9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

I feel better during warmer, sunny weather. When I can get outside and have the house opened up.

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

I can be moody and lazy, but I'll get a burst and get a lot done. It swings from being tired to higher energy and I just can seem to find out what triggers the change.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

Perfectly fine. I like storm and like to watch them roll in, the lightning show, etc.

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?

No, not at all...being consoled just makes me angry and more upset. I'd rather deal with things on my own.

- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

Not usually, I don't like the soap aisle in the store or cigarette smoke, but that's about it.

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
weeping, talking to one self etc?

I have a tendancy to chew on my nails and fingers and pick at my skin.

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

I have a wonderful immediate family...husband and kids. I live away from all other family. I speak with them fairly frequently, but don't really worry about what they think (about things I do)

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

I don't (consciously) dwell on fears. I'm pretty positive about stuff (other than me). I don't have (or at least remember) repetative dreams.

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

- I crave salty and sweet foods (usually tied to my monthly cycle). Chocolate and bread especially. The salty can be anything, nuts, chips, etc.

I don't really have food aversions...I don't like beets, but other than that, I eat a fairly diverse diet.

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

I drink a fair amout of tea and water throughout the day...at least the '8 glasses'...but I always feel dehydrated in the mornings...extremely dry eyes, mouth, etc.

14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

That can swing from not wanting to eat/no hunger, to eating a ton and not feeling full. I haven't been able to tie this to any trigger either. When there isn't a swing like this...it's pretty steady...breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack.

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

Well, certain fruits/veggies give me the oral reaction. And if I eat too many salad greens, I get an upset stomach.

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

It's normal, usually head and trunk.

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

Pretty regular. 2-3/day.

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

I sleep well throughout the night. I usually sleep on my side.

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

Yes, this has never been an issue.

20. How do you think you are different from others, if at all?

I'm a little more informed on organic eating, but other than that...I'm pretty typical.

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

I haven't been on any medication (aside from occasional Motrin or Tylenol) for many years.

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

- Malignant Breast Tumors
- High Blood Pressure
- Stroke

(these are all from parents or grandparents)

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance

5ft 5', 230lbs, overall well proportioned, I carry excess weight in my hips/thighs.

24. (ONLY FOR FEMALES)

If you are not having normal menstrual cycles, please answer the following questions:

- Are the periods early, regular or late in general? How long do they last?
- Do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after the periods?
- Is the flow scanty, normal or excessive?
- Is the blood thick bright red or pale watery?
- Do you notice any clots in the flow?
 
dawnb122200 9 years ago
Please take three doses of Lycopodium 200 as follows and report back after 15 days.

day 1 morning
1st dose

day 1 evening
2nd dose

day 2 morning
3rd dose

One dose means
If the medicine is in pills form 4 pills. Don't touch pills with hand. Use cap of bottle to take pills.
If the medicine is in liquid dilution form, 3-4 drops in some 20 ml water. Sip up slowly.

Please follow homeo restrictions like no coffee, no raw onion/garlic, no strong perfumes, don't eat or drink anything within 30 minutes before or after taking medicine.
 
kadwa 9 years ago
Thank you for the help...can you adjust the dose for Lyco 30C (I have that in my stock right now) or would the 200C be more effective?

Thank you again.

Dawn
 
dawnb122200 9 years ago
Hello,

After a bit of a delay, I finally ordered the Lyco 200C and took the prescribed dosage. This is an update after the 15 day wait.

As of 2 days ago, I was still having an allergic reaction to cherries. It wasn't as harsh a response as I've had before and shorter in duration...but it was noticeable. I didn't take anything to counteract it. I haven't tried apples yet. Peaches didn't pose a problem. The reaction is the same as before...hives on the roof of my mouth (both hard and soft palate), itching ears, etc. This is the first time I've eaten any of the fruit that causes problems. I did not eat any during the wait period.

The first couple of days after taking the remedy, I did notice a improved change in energy level and mood. Overall, I feel very well. My other seasonal allergies have lessened. I don't know if it's from the remedy or that the pollen around this area is beginning to die down for the season.

There were some odd occurrences (at least for me) and I'm not sure whether they were related to taking the Lyco.

My menstrual period was late and exceptionally light. Since my daughter was born 3 years ago, my cycle has been fairly consistent (within a couple of days). It lasts about 5/6 days with the 2nd-4th days being very heavy. I don't ever remember having a period this light, even as a teen. The other issue with my cycle is that I have a higher than normal fluid retention. I usually have some bloating in the couple of days prior to the start of my period...but this is excessive of my normal. My ankles are swollen like when I was pregnant and I cannot wear my wedding ring because my fingers are so swollen. It has been warm here, but I've been keeping on top of my water intake...I don't think I'm that dehydrated to be retaining so much.

About day 7/8 after taking the remedy, I noticed that I was having some type of reaction (not sure if it was allergy related). There was no tie to food intake or any other specific trigger. It would start with the skin on my back and sides to itch. Then it became more pronounced, except as it progressed, it felt like my actual lungs were itching or that something was crawling under my skin. Scratching at my skin over the areas wouldn't soothe it. Then I would begin to cough hard (to the point where I would double over) and there was a taste in my mouth almost like blood...metallic (as if you bit your tongue) but I wasn't coughing anything up. Then my nose would run quite a bit. It was all clear and watery.

I didn't take anything during these (it happened twice). But I did have to lie down to help my body relax through it. I've had this type of reaction in the past...but I've always been able to link it to a specific trigger (i.e. cutting grass or over-exposure to heavy perfume).

And lastly, I have noticed that I'm craving butter. Unusual, because I usually crave carbs (chocolate, pasta and bread). But, I really don't want the carbs...just the butter.

Any insight would be welcome. Thank you again for your help in this matter.

Sincerely,
Dawn
 
dawnb122200 9 years ago

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