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Monday, October 18, 2010

this and that…

1.  Yesterday we discovered/confirmed that Deanna is allergic to kiwi fruit.  She had mentioned a while ago after eating some kiwi that her mouth felt weird but I didn’t give it much attention and forgot about the whole matter.  Then yesterday we were at Susan’s house and she offered Deanna a kiwi and Deanna mentioned she might be allergic.  So I told her to try some b/c I had Benadryl  on hand just in case.  Well she ate one and a few minutes later her tongue was going numb and her throat felt like it was closing.  So I gave her a Benadryl and now she will no longer be allowed to have kiwi.  But the interesting thing is that if someone is allergic to kiwi they may also be allergic to latex so we will have to keep that in mind. 

What is a cross reaction?

People who have a latex allergy may be allergic to some foods, as well. This is called a cross reaction. When this happens, your body responds with the same allergic symptoms that you would have if you were exposed to latex. Cross reactions differ from one person to another. Someone may have a reaction to all the foods noted to cause cross reaction while another may have no reaction at all. Likewise, if you are allergic to any of these foods, you may also be allergic to latex:

  • apples, bananas, kiwi, peaches, plums, figs, grapes, melons, papaya, passion fruit, cherries, nectarines, pears, pineapple and strawberries;
  • carrots, celery, raw potatoes, avocados and tomatoes;
  • chestnuts and hazelnuts;
  • wheat and rye.

If you are allergic to any of these foods, tell your doctor before having any medical procedure. You could have a cross reaction to latex.

2.  We found out last week that we have a new wild animal in the neighbourhood.  Someone took a picture of a racoon in our driveway.  I had no idea they were this far north here in Alberta but my SIL said she heard on the radio they have been migrating further north lately.  I think it would be neat to see one but at the same time I would be scared to come across it at night or something like that.

1 comment:

Becky said...

That's interesting ..... does that mean she'll need to be careful around balloons???? Don's nephew has to avoid them because he may have a reaction to them.

Remember Pat (our neighbour)? They have raccoons that frequent their place certain times of the year.