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 Post subject: Sprouts?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:40 am 

Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:52 am
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I had a small reaction today, and the only thing I can think of which I ate differently was sprouts on a salad. I think it was a mix of alfalfa and radish sprouts? My allergist told me he thought it was highly unlikely I would start to have reactions to 'random' foods but that he thinks I have the potential to develop problems with any food in the birch group. But I don't think sprouts are? Anyway, within a few minutes of eating the salad, my tongue felt a little weird, and then my lips dried out completely almost right away and I just had the 'feeling' of oh, I ate something I maybe shouldn't have. My skin/mouth are okay now, but my eyes are itchy and throbby a little. It's hard to know if this is all in my head or not and if I have become paranoid or something :) It certainly is not as bad as other reactions I'd had, and I do have a bit of a cold right now, which might explain some of it. Obviously, sprouts are generally easy enough to avoid :) It would just be disheartening to discover that I really will react to just any old food and not just the birch stuff. Should I save some and take them to the allergist? I am not sure how soon I could get in, for one thing. And I would have to take time off work to go, so I hesitate to do it. Does what happened sound like a reaction to you? Have you ever heard of any sort of problems with sprouts?

Asthma and eczema
Drug allergy (succinylcholine)
Food (corn, raw apples, green beans, tree nuts, flax)
Misc (pollen, grass, mold, dogs, cats)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:40 am 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
Hmmm, sprouts are susceptible to bacterial or mold growth. Could you be reacting to this?
I googled "canadian food inspection agency" and then searched "recall sprouts" and came up with many files. Here is an example (scroll down to the section on sprouts): ... anne.shtml

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:53 am 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
Posts: 2044
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
What if the sprouts included some kind of bean sprout? If you are allergic to green beans and it was a legume sprout, that could also be the problem...


Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:20 pm 

Joined: Thu Sep 22, 2005 11:39 pm
Posts: 1141
Location: saskatchewan, canada
We grow our own sprouts. "Sprouts" is a term which refers to small plants from recently sprouted seeds. There can be bean sprouts (a recently sprouted bean seed), brocolli sprouts ( a recently sprouted brocolli seed), mustard, clover, radish, alfalfa, radish, lentil etc. etc. There are NUMEROUS kind of sprouts.

DD age 9 1/2 -peanuts, nuts,
DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
Self - penicillan, eurithromiacin, mild laytex allergy.

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