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Old 04-21-2003, 11:52 PM
something clever something clever is offline
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Is it possible to be allergic to lettuce?

My girlfriend is deathly allergic to tons of foods, her doctor said it was something like in the top 10 worst cases of food allergies in texas (along with her being one of the top 5 worst cases of excema(sp) in texas)

anyway so uhh.. they did some kind of test back when she was little and got pretty much a print out of like 40 odd things that she should not eat..

lettuce was on the list..

WTF? isnt lettuce 99% water?

what happens most of the time, depending on what food it is, is she, within 5 minutes or less of eating something, will break out in massive hives all over her body, if she doesnt take benadryl or some kind of heart needle jabber thing, she will die within an hour or 30 minutes or something.. i was with her once when she had a reaction to peanuts, even though we didnt eat anything with peanuts in it, peanuts were just near the ice cream we ate.

also, some foods allergic reaction producing properties are gone once cooked, like carrots and a few other veggies..

sometimes it seems like some of this is in her head though.. her fear of a reaction causing one.. i dont know if thats possible but i think it could be...

BUT COME ON.. LETTUCE? WHO IS ALLERGIC TO LETTUCE?!? i dont get it.. some of the things shes told me seem nearly impossible to be allergic to (lettuce is the only one i can remember that stands out)

anyone know?
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Old 04-22-2003, 12:02 AM
Joey P Joey P is online now
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That heart stabber thingy is probably an epi-pen. You might want to learn how to use it, with how many things she's allergic to, she's bound to slip up sooner or later and you may be the only one there. As for lettuce, clealy it's not ALL water or it would be, well, water. She's must be allergic to something else in it. I'd imagine, QtM will be in soon to explain all this much better.
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Old 04-22-2003, 02:15 AM
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Maybe it's the pesticides used on lettuce. I know someone allergic to additives in American wines. Possibly sulfites.
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