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Offline jm1953

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Allergies and HIV:
« on: March 20, 2010, 04:58:59 AM »
Hey members,

I took a food and chemical sensitivity allergy test which was recommended by my nutritionist.  I did so because I have been having strange skin stuff for the past couple of years.  Wasn't getting anywhere with dermatologists and docs. 

I never had allergies until I took this test last year, before joining this forum.  I understand you can develop them at any time, so says my nutritionist, and I've had to completely rearrange my lifestyle and eating habits around them along with the meds I take.  It has made me eat much healthier, and I think has improved some of my skin problems.  But it is a real pain.

This test is not FDA approved, and about 40% of the docs I go to believe in it, including my derm, but others, like my primary don't.  Just wondered if anyone else has taken this, or all of a sudden have developed allergies out of no where. 

By the way, this forum and it's members has been a great help in suggesting what works and doesn't work for their skin problems.  A lot of your suggestions have worked.  Just wonder where allergies fit into all this.  And also if this test may not be really trustworthy and I'm doing all this for nothing.

I'm a long termer, almost 23 years, so it would seem weird that just last year I found out I'm allergic to wheat, corn, potatoes, cow's milk, yogurt, a bunch of spices, and chemicals like Tyramine, and Polysorbate 80.  Just a few I'm listing.  Ate or used them before and I never had a problem.

What do you all think?


Positive 29 years. Diagnosed 10/1987.  Current CD 4: 720: Viral load: almost 100.  Current drug regimen, Tivicay, Emtriva, Endurant, Wellbutrin, Clonazepam, Uloric, Losartan Potassium,Allegra, Ambien, Testosterone, Nandrolone, Vicodin, Benedryl, Aspirin, lots of vitamin supplements.

Offline denb45

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Re: Allergies and HIV:
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 01:23:03 PM »
I've had Allergies all of my life, don't know if they are food Allergies, but I doubt that they are, I get them every Spring & Fall, and have to take 50mg of DIPHENYDRAM (benidrill) it seems to help my Allergies, and they aren't as bad as they were when I lived in Northern Calif. 8 yrs ago compared to New Mexico, this medication is also great for bee-strings, insect-bites, and haves  ;D if you have food Allergies, then you might want to ask Mark, he has them, and might be able to suggest some kinda diet, at the very least you guys can compare notes  ;) it couldn't hurt to shoot-him a PM  :D
« Last Edit: March 21, 2010, 01:30:13 PM by denb45 »
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Offline bear60

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Re: Allergies and HIV:
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 02:59:35 PM »
Quitting smoking helped me immensly with the allergy problems.
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Offline aztecan

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Re: Allergies and HIV:
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010, 11:31:29 PM »
Well, I'm not allergic per se, but am gluten intolerant. That means no wheat, rye or barley, nor any dirivative thereof.

I also cannot have oats unless they are grown in special fields and qualify to be labeled gluten free.

I understand your frustration. But on the plus side, I feel much better since I dumped the gluten. I hope your change in diet helps you feel better as well.


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Offline acerhound

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Re: Allergies and HIV:
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010, 06:40:40 PM »
hey, guy!

One word caught my eye in your list of allergies: TYRAMINE. Tyramine isn't a chemical. It's a pretty common amino acid, a compound that naturally occurs in LOTS of foods: alcohol, cheeses, pickled foods, smoked foods, lots of cured meats, beans, nuts, bananas, avocados, chocolate! The list goes on and on. I'd google the word and find out exactly what it is so you can get a list of foods. You may not be able to (or want to) avoid all of them, but you can monitor what bothers you most and pick and choose. Education is a beautiful thing. Good luck with it!

Fellow long-termer (21 yrs -- I seroconverted as a baby, HA!) and lifelong allergy sufferer,



Offline lforsyth

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Re: Allergies and HIV:
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010, 11:07:06 AM »
I don't think I have any food allergies but I developed allergies after moving out to Arizona from Long Beach, CA. It started with what I thought was just sinus problems.  My PCP told me that it was common with HIV (Tested poz in 1986). The problem in AZ is all the non-native plant's people have brought into the state, when they came here to get relief from allergies elsewhere. 

My PCP hasn't done anything about testing me but I may have to insist on it.  I'm tired of putting up with the seasonal problems on top of the side affects from meds.  My body seems to go in cicles of every three days not being able to handle the combination of meds both HIV and other: Prezista, Norvir, Truvada, Acyclovir, Plavix, Metoprolol, Liniopril and Lipitor.

This last couple of years I've been getting rashes on my arms but it might be sensitivity to sunlight.  My PCP suggested wearing long sleeve shirts.

I hope you get more information and will I'll keep reading this thread to see what you have been able to find out.
Tested POZ in 1986, knew there was something wrong in 1985. 04/2010 CD4: 975 Viral Load undetectable. Prezista, Norvir, Truvada, Acyclovir, Plavix, Lisinopril, Metoprolol and a bedtime snack of Lipitor (YUM)

Offline jm1953

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Re: Allergies and HIV:
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2010, 08:41:30 PM »
Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for the information and sharing your experiences.  Thanks Dan about Tyramine.  I'm aware it is in a lot of stuff, and may be a trigger.  I try to stay away from anything that is fermented, over ripe bananas, things like that.  But I'm also trying not to let this wicked diet run my life completely.  Eating out is a bear.  Generally I have an outbreak the next day even if I am super careful about what I order.  But just have to live with it.  Never would have known I had any of this until my nutritionist tested me about a year ago.

Thanks again you guys, appreciate it.
Positive 29 years. Diagnosed 10/1987.  Current CD 4: 720: Viral load: almost 100.  Current drug regimen, Tivicay, Emtriva, Endurant, Wellbutrin, Clonazepam, Uloric, Losartan Potassium,Allegra, Ambien, Testosterone, Nandrolone, Vicodin, Benedryl, Aspirin, lots of vitamin supplements.


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