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does anyone else have intolerance/allergy problem with cheap chocolate and other junk..... and also alcohol.....:(

(5 Posts)
goonIcantakeit Tue 30-Jul-13 16:11:19

I already have to manage perennial allergic rhinitis so could do without things that exacerbate it.

Symptoms are as follows for cheap chocolate/other crap

1. I break out into a sweat - this is particularly bad if I eat, say, a slice or two of cheap birthday cake, even if homemade. Rich tea biscuits/crackers are fine.
2. My ears start getting poppy. Today they were already poppy after an infection so they actually got pressured and blocked after the M&S choccy - horrible, and makes me feel panicky.

Symptoms are as follows for alcohol. If I drink alcohol, I start to cough. If I drink red wine, my nose blocks up almost immediately. I do have a dry throat generally after a bad infection I ignored in my twenties - maybe that isn't an intolerance but an irritation/drying out of the throat. But the blocked nose thing seems pretty clear.

The reactions are definitely less bad after Green&Blacks chocolate but I don't know why unless it is something to do with it being organic (but what would it be?)

I asked once before and people said ~"sweating - yikes - go to GP - might be diabetes" but that was ruled out.

looseleaf Tue 30-Jul-13 17:57:23

How mysterious -and annoying for you no doubt. I think this is one of those things you'd either have to look v carefully with the chocolate to see if the cheaper choc has other ingredients eg typically veg oils that the better quality one doesn't. Otherwise I wonder whether it could be say fertiliser used you could be sensitive to but I guess it's just a case of detective work and having to be careful if you know there's a problem with certain things...
Sorry not more help but I empathise as took a lot of frustration to work out what was causing problems here though not similar ones

OHforDUCKScake Tue 30-Jul-13 19:55:11

Are you ok with cows milk?

If you drank a glass of it, do you have no reaction?

goonIcantakeit Tue 30-Jul-13 20:36:04

thanks for replying, I appreciate it!

Ducks - I have milk with my cereal each morning and feel pretty good after that.

Once I was in France and had a local red wine that I could drink 3 glasses of - needless to say, I'm going back to that region for hols this year!

chocolate and alcohol... .honestly, of all things! why couldn't it be broccoli?

eragon Fri 02-Aug-13 00:24:02

are you asthmatic?

different wines have different food traces in them, for instance wine from ports, may have fish oil in the cork and is of course a problem for those with a fish allergy.

preservatives and other additives are often in wines. so i understand the wine thing.

Also can be a high histamine in red wine and strong cheese such as stilton.

have you ever had any other issues? red skin flushing? hives etc?

have you ok with all nuts ? because all the food you mention apart from mcvities rich tea biscuits has a nut trace warning. (just a thought!)

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