TravelingChris Posted September 25, 2012 Share Posted September 25, 2012 I have no idea why so many people don't understand allergies or Celiac disease for that matter. My dd is allergic to citric acid. Yes, this has been verified by an allergist who is an MD and has a board certification in allergy and immunology. This makes her allergic to many things, including all citrus fruits, all berry fruits, tomatoes, some other fruits and vegetables and more than that= citric acid is used as either a flavoring or a preservative in many foods. She reacts to it- first turns red, then very shortly afterwards gets itcy and if she has had more than a bite or two, starts getting wheezy and short of breath. Not a joke at all. Now I didn't think I would find so many people who are not evil, not all together stupid or anything like that who just don't get it. Some of the food that it is often used in are baked goods of all kinds. At our local Publix, we can only get a few of the bakery items and never things like cupcakes or most other cakes. Yes, she can have the plain cheesecake or the chocolate cheesecake but no, she can't have the strawberry cheesecake. Yes, she can eat Pepperidge Farm Bread or Wonder Bread but no she can't eat Arnold's or Nature's Own. It has nothing to do with artificial or natural sources. All types of citric acid are the problem. Yet, dd who is nearly 16 has adults arguing with her and urging her to eat food she cannot eat. She gets really annoyed by this plus a few teens who think it is somehow funny that she can't eat Publix cupcakes. Grow up people! Grown-ups, learn some very basic chemistry- it makes no difference if it is citric acid from an orange, a tomato or a fungus- all of them make her react since she is allergic to the citric acid! Just in case anyone doesn't know- having a child who gets anaphalactic reactions is no fun. It is hard enough without thoughtlessness. DD is anaphalactic to wasps and citric acid, otherwise allergic to two types of medications and also peanuts. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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