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I don't know where else to go, so I'm hoping that someone here can guide me in the right direction. Sorry it's lengthy. Since I was born I have had the "unhappy triad": asthma, eczema and allergies. When I was younger my asthma seemed more prevelent.

In my early twenties, I began noticing red patches on my neck, lip and around my eyes. I thought nothing of it at the time, I just assumed it was my eczema and would cover it up with makeup.

About seven years ago, I began to really bad break-outs where my eyes would swell up, my face would get red and swollen and over time it would turn to a rash that would dissipate throughout my body. I went to an allergist where I was living at the time, and asked if there were food allergy tests he could do. He gave me a RAST blood test for about 20 suspected foods. About 95% of these foods came back with a reaction of 3 or 4 out of 6 scale. 6 being anaphalactic shock potentiality. At this time I began an elimination diet. I took gluten, eggs, tomatos, spicy foods, cheese, eggplant, onions, corn and more out. This was impossible and was not helping at the time. I continued without spicy foods, foods with seeds, raw onions, garlic and corn. Once I moved out of this residence I suspected that the house was very moldly and contributed to the massive outbreaks I was getting.

I was then living in a new state, went to a new allergist and had more tests done. I tried the elimination diet again, with no relief. No answers and was still getting the same reaction with an initial red face, rash then spreading throughout my body.

A little over a year ago I moved again. I went to another new allergist/immunologist and dermatologist. More expensive tests were performed. This allergist stated that my IgE cells were so incredibly high, some of the highest numbers he's ever seen, that it masks my "true" allergens. He told me that unless I get an immediate reaction when eating something, I can eat whatever I want. I also had a skin-patch test done with no positive reactions. I then started 4 allergy shots per week, along with zyrtec, singulair, albuterol inhaler and dulera inhaler.

A year after consistently being on this regimen, I am still getting reactions with no known causes. It starts with a bright red face, especially on my cheekbones, brow bond and neck, sometimes lips and eyes. During a bad breakout it will itch, feel tight and warm to the touch. As the week goes on, my face progresses to dry/tight skin to very flaky (noticible big flakes) on my face. It may progress towards my chest and downward. As soon as it seems to be clearing up, I will wake up and this cycle will begin again.

Recently I have suspected sulphites (again). So, I have remover wine and vinegrette dressings from my diet for over 3 weeks now. I have also removed my vegan all-natural face cleanser and moisturizer. I use free & clear shampoos and conditioners, no paraben, sulfites or fragrances. I use hypoallergenic laundry detergent. My house is all hardwood floors with minimal dust. My makeup, which I have to use otherwise people look at me crazy, is all natural for sensitive-skin. I still don't eat spicy food, garlic or raw onions. I have a very minimal gluten intake, and rarely eat processed foods. No changes and no hope. The only time my face is completely flawless and radiant is when I am on predisone, which I don't like to take frequently, but I began to get addicted for a month because I loved the way it made me look and feel. These outbreaks really hurt at times. It makes me feel tired and depressed. I just don't know what to do, and I can't get any answers.





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