I think I have an almond allergy

posted by Jeff | Monday, June 21, 2010, 10:30 PM | comments: 0

I don't generally care for nuts. I never really even liked the texture of them. My mom insisted on putting them in cookies constantly. I always liked peanut butter, the smooth kind, and still have it as a component of ice cream now and then. And God knows I've had my share of stuff fried in peanut oil too. But I never liked peanuts. And yes, I know that peanuts are legumes and not actually nuts, but whatever. They're an allergen.

So tonight, Diana made some chicken crusted with breading that included almonds. It's an America's Test Kitchen recipe, and this is actually her second attempt. The first time around, the brine they wanted you to soak them in pickled them, so we had to toss them, unfortunately (and you better believe she gave feedback on it!). This time they came out pretty well. I found it to be kind of an average recipe, with no strong feelings either way.

About two hours later, I felt itchy. I just attributed it to maybe being sweaty from the way I was sprawled out on the couch, or because my laptop was charging on my lap. As Diana was going to be, I looked in the mirror, and what do you know, I had a rash all over my mid-section, up my sides and on my arms.

I jumped in the shower just to cool down a bit, then took some Benadryl. While showering, I was trying to think of what may have caused it. The only thing remotely icky I could think of that I touched was cat litter, but hello, we have four cats and that hasn't changed in years. Laundry soap hasn't changed either, so it wasn't the shorts I put on. Then I counted back through foods, and the only thing I could think of that was truly out of place or a potential allergen was the nuts in the chicken breading. I Googled it, and sure enough, a rash is a symptom.

I'm fairly alarmed, but I don't seem to be having any other symptoms. Hopefully it stays that way.


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