We went to the allergist’s office to remove the big adhesive patches from Fiala’s back, which held 30 potential allergens on little disks. The official reading won’t be until tomorrow. Preliminary results show that she is irritated by about 12 things… and allergic to garlic… and VERY allergic to zucchini. Zucchini. 😕 And, yes, we eat a lot of zucchini. It’s one of our family’s favorite fresh veggies, because, oddly enough, it’s one of the few veggies that everyone likes. I grill it, put it in stews, stick it in the Crockpot, put it in stir-fries, put it in muffins… pretty much any way you can think of, we eat it, usually at least twice a week, often more frequently.
There are various little red patches over Fiala’s back, some with raised rash, but the place where the zucchini was is an out-and-out inflamed blister.
I’ve done a little research, and have come up with this:
- zucchini allergy is very rare (the few studies on zucchini allergy have had a grand total of four participants)
- only 0.7g is enough to trigger symptoms (that’s minuscule!)
- half of those allergic to zucchini test positive to celery (that’s the only cross-reactive I’ve been able to find so far, however, people with an allergy to salicylates can have a bad reaction to zucchini… I’ll ask her doc about the whole salicylates thing.)
- symptoms include itchy rash, hives, diarrhea, nausea, oral allergy syndrome… I’ve never seen OAS in Fiala, and she’s only gotten a few hives, and I don’t know about nausea… but we’ve had diarrhea and “itchy rash” for months on end.
We go back in tomorrow to see if the various irritated patches either calm down or persist. But, the nurse said that the two things that tested positive — garlic and zucchini — will stay for certain as a positive reaction.
I’m sure you’ll be reading much too much about Fiala’s allergies in the days to come…