Allergy because of chocolates?
March 20, 2007 11:29am CST
My niece had fever since Sat. It was suspected she was allergic to chocolates. I was surprised. She had loved chocolates since she first tasted it. It seems recently everytime she ate chocolates, she will get fever at night, but the fever will subside after 2 days. This time, it has been up and down for 4 days. We have been controlling her chocolate intake but she does not understand. It chills us to hear the child cry when she is denied the food she so much wanted to eat, yet, the child needs the discipline to avoid the forbidden food. Has anyone encountered or konwn anyone with similar allergies? Do you have any allergy or know anyone who is allergic to some food? Do you confirm it is an allergy just because everytime you eat it, you fall sick? What did you do to manage the allergy? Avoid the food totally or continue eating more of it? I know I have a lot of doubts, please do share your experiences and views. Thanks.
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20 Mar 07
Yes, I read about it a few days in Mylot.It was my first,too.I never had an allergy to chocolates.In fact,I am quite a chocolate addict.Thankfully ,it doesn't affect my body weight/body mass yet. It could be possible that your niece has chocolate allergy ,but if I were you ,then just falling sick won't confirm it.Allergy is an anaphylactic reaction of our body to that particular substance that could be verified with certain tests based on which substance is initiating this immune response.You could take her for a check up and confirm it.But for now,I 'd suggest avoiding the chocolates till there is a confirmation. Perhaps she is allergic to excessive sweet in food.
20 Mar 07
Maybe it is the type or brand of chocolates. Is it a new type or brand? To cry just because she can't eat chocolates? She is too fortunate. I think you should smack her to her sense. I only have come across 2 other strange allergies - allergy to peanuts and to grass. Very terrible things be allergies...
26 Mar 07
When I was 14, I started to have allergies to chocolates, unbeliveble, yah. But my parents founded mainly that it was not really the chocolate alone, but eggs too. I think some chocolates have eggs in it. I have what we can call a sort of protein sensitive allergie. When I eat too much or not so fresh seafoods like shrimps, oyster, I have rashes all over the body. My worst case is to have anti allergies injections. But it only happen 3 in my life time. I'm 27 now. My parents allowed me to eat those foods but in a certain amount only. For your niece, you said doctors ruled out the allergie diagnosis. May be her body simply doesn't respond well to chocolate. Like my daughter, she doesn't have allergies like mine. But when she eats too much eggs, especially quail eggs. She really gets a high fever. We noticed it 3, she is only 4 y/o. But she loves eggs. So my mother decided not to deprive her of what she loves but to give it in a certain amount only, and at a certain time too. To avoid it especially in the afternoon and at night. Maybe also it is because she has a slow metabolism, or her liver doesn't breaks down the fats in the chocolates. Try to consult a gastro-enterologist, if I'm not wrong, They are specialist in digestion related illness. They may have an idea what would be the reason for her highfever. It is better to know if nothing else is the reason for her highfever. I hope I have help you. Take care to your niece!
20 Mar 07
I'm not surprised with what you said here, whyaskq. Might be your niece has lactose intolerance meaning her stomach refused any dairy intake. The usual number one cause here is the milk usually found in chocolate. I'm not allowed to drink milk too. I will have diarrhea for 3 days and my head will be dizzy. I was born with a lot of allergies which I inherited from my mother. I was real careful with whatever I'm eating. Its difficult but I get use to it. I suggest you ask your niece's pediatrician about this lactose intolerance. But my gut instinct is telling me it may be the cause of your niece's fever.
28 Mar 07
you know its quite weird to know that sometimes you get allergic to the food that you eat often. maybe you should also consider your family history. see if someone in you family have allergies or asthma. the doctor told that to me since my two sons have asthma and my husband is allergic to seafood.(actually my side and his side) she told me to avoid the foods that my husband is allergic of since my kids have high risk of having the same reaction. you actually don't get allergic to a specific food when you eat it the first time it's the second, third or maybe the 100th time. of course discipline is the key, you could actually die because of allergic reactions. but the doctor also told me to get yourself immuned to that kind of food by eating only a little bit once in a while until your body gets used to it. i hope i was able to help you in someway
21 Mar 07
my eldest son now aged 44 has coeliac , this means he can't eat flour or anything containing flour , we have to get special bread and special pasta , when he was young before he was diagnosed he used to get very ill , but now as he has stuck to the diet of non flour he is really well xx
14 Jul 07
I do have some allergies. Whenever I eat chicken skin, some unwanted spots would break on my skin. That is why when we cook chickens, we usually remove the skin and make burgers out of it whick my kids would truly love. About chocolate. Its my craving. Im so fond of eating chocolates.
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13 Apr 07
yeah I have terrible allergies to wool and woollen products, sometimes just touching the fabric at store or if someone wearing wool brushes past me make me break into allergies. My sis is allergic to chocolates and that is more so because she is allergic to cadmium and nickle, which is present in trace amounts in cocoa, so she eats only white milk chocolate and nothing else to satisfy her chocolate tooth. I suggest that you get the little one to a specialist who will do a patch test and pinpoint exactly what allergies your niece is suffering from. kids can never understand why we are being cruel to them but you need to tell her how the chocolate affects her negatively, if there is anything that she likes equally get her into the habit of giving that goodie to her instead of chocolate, maybe slowly she might wean away from chocolates that way. Goodluck dear.... I know it is very hard for little ones to keep away from things like chocolates and cakes. AS to me I avoid wearing wool and do not walk past aisles that stock woolen stuff unless I am wearing a full sleeve shirt. I also do not hug people during winter just to keep away from wool.
13 Apr 07
hi whyaskq. I have heard of people allergic to all sorts of food. There is a cousin who gets all itchy when she eats egg. I know someone who also gets the same reaction when eating squid. My sister inlaw turns red and itchy all over if she happens to eat anything with pineapple in it, fresh ones. I'm allergic to certain medicine (but that's beside the point.) My cousin said that if you are allergic to something, try to eat it in little amounts. Not too much as to cause a severe reaction. Now how is that I wonder? How much is not too much? heheh. Maybe it's like trying to get your body's immune system to actually like the food so much so as not to react negatively everytime you eat it. Sounds implausible to me. Who knows why these allergies get triggered. Some say too that allergies build up with time. At first you may not be so sensitive to a certain food. But as time goes on you start having allergies to food you never had allergies for. I begin to think that maybe your niece has some underlying medical problem that gets triggered everytime she takes in chocolate. Hope she is doing fine now.