I had my allergy appointment this last Monday, and the Doctor didn’t argue that I had hives. Which is great, because I was annoyed.
Instead, he said there were two possibilities. One possibility was that I was allergic to the parts of the wheat protein that break down when they bottle the juice used for allergy scratch tests.
This is plausible – I’m fairly certain I remember UW Allergy using flour paste and a needle that they dipped it in then poked me with. I had a reaction then, which is how we originally pulled me off wheat.
The second possibility is that it’s Celiac’s.
He said a small percentage of people with Celiac’s have only hives and skin disorders and no gut issues. I have both hives and eczema in my hair – I had forgotten how awful it was in High School to have people constantly pointing out ‘there’s something in your hair!’.
Yes, I know. It’s my skin, sloughing off in the grossest manner it can manage. I’m talking huge chunks two millimeters and sometimes more across.
He wants to test me for Celiac’s next as this is the next most likely reason I have hives. Which is great… except this means I have to eat wheat heavily the next three weeks so I don’t get a false positive.
I have SO MANY hives, and it’s miserable. I bought some of my favorite foods I couldn’t eat because of a reaction and thought ‘It’ll be nice. I can eat some treats.’
No. No, it’s not nice. When I look at them I would rather be hungry than enjoy them because I’m SO miserable with itching and burning.
But anyway, there’s going to be a great deal of misery for the next three weeks. He did point out though that regardless of what it is, the solution is to not eat wheat. Yes, I realize this. I had been avoiding eating wheat for years. He only wants to know for sure because if it’s an allergy he’ll try to work it into allergy shots we’re setting up.
If you have Celiac’s, how did you find out what it was? What were your symptoms? How long did it take for them to catch it? Inquiring minds want to know!