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December 18th, 2012

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02:53 am - Food Allergy Bullet Dodged
I think I can now safely say that I'm not suddenly allergic to corn. A few weeks ago, I started getting acne on my face, which was both odd and annoying and my face also itched. Then, I got more - lots more. The only change I noticed before this was that I'd started eating Captain Crunch cereal, I stopped and the problem got better, but then I had corn for dinner several nights later and it got much worse again - approximately 3 hours after I finished dinner. This was repeated a few days later when I had something with a cornmeal crust. So, I read on-line about corn allergies, and found that acne was a common reaction to corn allergies. Simply no eating corn, only helped a small amount. Then, I cut corn derivatives out of everything I ingested (this is insanely difficult in the US - even the benadryl I was taking to try to stop the iching had cornstarch as its first ingredient). My face slowly started getting better, but I was still having some new minor problems as well as everything taking a long time to heal. By this point, I didn't want to go out much, since I looked horrid.

So, at my partners' urging, I made an appointment with my doctor and went in last Monday. She took one look at my face, listened to what I had to say, and said that while corn might have had some role in triggering it, what I had was tinea barbae. So, I got some anti-fungal pills, and it cleared up quite rapidly. Then last Thursday, I began introducing corn derivatives back into my diet - caramel color, corn syrup, and corn starch all seem perfectly find and caused no problems. I'm betting that something in the Captain Crunch cereal made the fungus very happy indeed, and that I might be wise to avoid actual corn and cornmeal for a while. I am exceedingly pleased at this turn of events - one food allergy is more than sufficient.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Date:December 18th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
You've left out your diagnosis! I'm dying to know!

(Also glad you don't need to avoid corn, allergies suck)
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Date:December 19th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
*sheepish grin* - I put in the link, but forgot to fill in the visible portion.
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Date:December 18th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
SO glad to hear 'twasn't corn and you're addressing whatever 'twas, 'specially as I've been wanting to suggest to you (and teaotter and amberite) that we once again meet to hang out and graze at the oh-so-tasty Mexican place on SE Division just East of 50th.

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