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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:42 pm 

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Anyone else experience moments where sometimes Soy products will cause a reaction, and other times it does not?

With me specifically, actual soy such as tofu or soybean oil will make my throat swell, ears hurt with the most horrendous pain, and cleaning products such as those wipes, bathroom cleaners, and cat shampoo will wreak havoc upon me as well.

Soy Lecithin makes my face break out like crazy; the area by my ears as well as my chin. Soy Lecithin also gives me headaches and makes me dizzy.

But not every time with the soybean oil or soy lecithin. My reactions can be terrible, minimal, non existent or take several days to occur.

Also, I have been told to avoid ALL legumes such as peanuts, green peas, etc. etc. With peanuts, I have had anaphylactic reactions, but not every time. I actually react worse if someone ELSE eats peanuts than if I do.

I can eat peanut butter with sometimes just a few pimples or vertigo with a headache, or with sometimes my throat swells, itches, and my tongue gets a pinprick sensation.

I know that playing with fire like this is highly stupid of me, but I am so very confused. Internet research is too "open ended" to get straight answers and my health insurance doesn't start until October so I can't see a doctor. Also, I only have access to Benadryl which saved my life, literally, from an accidental tofu ingestion.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:17 pm 
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Hi Elizabeth,

With the kind of reactions you're getting, you should look into getting an EpiPen as soon as possible. Reactions are unpredictable and in a serious, anaphylactic reaction, only epinephrine (as in the auto-injector) will work.

With soy allergy, like other food allergies, it's the protein of the soy that makes you react. Soy oil is often highly refined, with the protein removed, so that's why you might not react to it. But I tend to avoid soy oil as it's usually difficult to confirm just how refined the process is. Same is true of soy lecithin: many with soy allergy don't have to avoid it, while they must avoid protein-filled soy sources, like tofu, soybeans, etc.

You'd be wise - once your health ins. has started - to get an allergist's appt., have testing done and get advice specific to your individual case. Adult-onset soy allergy is unusual, but it can happen. (I have it.)

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

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