Having Allergic Reactions & Flareups but don’t know why? 4 Tips to find Allergic Triggers | Ep.233

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hey fellow allergies asthma and eczema
sufferers my name is Jeffrey Lin. So, from a personal experience we know not
all allergic reactions are obvious meaning they’re not not all anaphylaxis
or overreaction or hives they seem more subtle so in this video I’m gonna
discuss when and how that could happen and how sometimes it seems like you’re
basically reacting to nothing meaning you’ve avoided everything you thought
you were allergic to and you’re just having flare-ups and hives and maybe
even brain fog internal inflammation reactions okay now from the beginning for those of you who don’t know who I am
my story is I’m literally allergic to everything on the planet and that shows
up when am i breathing so I mentioned asthma allergies I’m literally allergic
to everything the vironment as well as food other people smells even my senses
are hypersensitive to sound and light so that was always difficult I couldn’t be
out in the Sun for most of my life I was allergic to touching water but I could
drink water and obviously eczema was the most obvious and doctors usually just
saw that and didn’t really address any of my other problems because I had
probably the top three or five most severe eczema without medication I look
like a burn victim my skin is you know leaking and there’s basically no like
top layers skin left it’s just oozing stuff so my IgE levels which are you
know the the blood count for kind of like how sensitive you are to allergens
and things like that my IgE count is 24,000 and just for
reference a normal person was probably from 75 to about 100 150 and a person
with really severe allergies are from like 200 to 2,000 but
to be in the 24,000 range it’s basically unheard of and the laboratories actually
can test that accurately because their lab equipments are set to test for IG
level differences within like one point to five point because everything is
supposed to be under you know 70 or $100 have told me with the amount of IgE s I
have and how reactive I am to literally everything on the planet I should be
permanently sedated so that’s kind of where I’m coming from and growing up you
know I knew I was allergic to almost everything but we didn’t think I was
allergic to literally everything and usually when I mentioned I’m allergic to
everything to people people just think I’m exaggerating and asking you know but
what really are you allergic to what are the exceptions well they are none
everything for me is off the charts so the 24,000 of your total IgE level
whatever the blood test shows you for the total IgE level that’s basically
adding up every individual thing that you’re allergic to so every individual
thing let’s say like like pets or cats or a certain kind of food or milk or
peanuts each of those have IgE count and then all add up all of your IgE counts
for everything that you’re allergic to that there’s allergen to and you get
your total IgE count so why didn’t I know I was allergic to literally all the
foods and I was having a constant allergic reaction and flaring up and
caused an asthma attack and just weak and having all kinds of immune problems
and having colds and just a very weak and broken kid but it wasn’t that
obvious that I was allergic to everything because again this what I’m
trying to talk about in this video is sometimes hard to tease out what is that
is causing the problems so after 30-plus years of living with
severe allergies asthma and eczema I finally started to notice certain
patterns of things that are allergic to that wasn’t super obvious so one of the
things that makes it confusing is delayed reactions when I finally met the
right doctors that weren’t focused on my eczema and it’s you know started looking
at my underlying allergy slash immune reactions and we did the IG test and
that the IG test came out to 24,000 kind of got a scale of how severe my allergic
reactions where we had a we quantified it so two of the things that were
highest on the logic reaction lists were rice and chicken well I’ve been eating
those most of my life and never had an Alexis and it wasn’t obvious that you
know I would have the immediate breakout whereas with the shrimp and milk that
was super obvious so avoided that and I’m sure most of you guys are avoiding
stuff that just immediately cause you discomfort or pain or or puts you in the
ER but there are foods out there that have a delayed reaction you can think of
it sort of like medication some medications you have to take for weeks
or months before it ramps up and starts to have an effect on your body like one
of those itself set that I tried before it’s immunosuppressive that takes a
couple probably thinking like two months for it really ramp up and get to its
peak effectiveness well you can think of allergens and food and you know
chemicals and things in the air your body could have allergic reactions that
are delayed like that as well as someone that builds up your body or sometimes
it’s just the way your body reacts to it so only when I you know stopped eating
all foods for about two years and completely cleanse my body because my
doctor’s figured out that I was allergic to everything I had to just do a pure
reset I’m starting from that reset and then slowly adding foods in
you know trialing foods i was able to see that for a chicken i would react 18
hours after I ate the chicken and then that reaction will last for two to three
months so throughout that two to three months after just one bite of chicken
I’m constantly having a flare-up and that would also cause other problems
because my immune system is already overactive and it’ll attack other things
I’m less allergic to and I have you know bigger flare-ups
but the confusing thing also is that anything I ate after that bite of
chicken I would associate with something I was allergic to because I didn’t have
a reaction immediately when I ate the chicken and let’s say 18 hours when I
starting to have the flare-up from the chicken I ate something else so I would
start associate that’s something else with the flare-up just because of the
timing seem like I ate that and I started flaring up and then just for the
next two or three months so constantly have a flare from that will buy the
chicken and it would just be very confusing like is it the weather is it
am i reacting to somebody’s fragrance and it’s probably a combination of all
of that but a big part of setting that whole chain of reactions off was that
one by the chicken so look for things that you know your six your you suspect
that you’re reacting to that might be delayed or if you really can tell just
do a full reset of all your environment and your food and then started test
things with the chicken example it seems simple but it actually gets really
complicated the more things that you’re allergic to and so for me since I’m
allergic to whether that’s you know a couple days away and everything the
vironment you know fragrances people I have on them and food and other kind of
things it’s just really hard to have you know a clear reset
we’re oh you know nothing is causing a flare-up and then carrying over and
muddling muddying up the reaction so it’s hard to tell which one is coming
from where but that’s basically the idea to look for is you know what might be
having a delayed reaction that you’re associating with something else so the second thing that could be making
allergic reactions confusing your heart attract is sustained reactions and I
just mentioned that with the chicken example of you know one by the chicken
will cause a reaction from 18 hours all the way out to about two or three months
so anything in between there would be really confusing as if I ate anything
else reflect him in any contact with any other environmental allergens or
chemicals or fragrances things like that so the so overlapping allergic reactions
can also kind of get out of control because let’s say you know I ate chicken
and now my allergic reaction thought goes from zero to up here where I’m
flaring up for the next two or three months and then I come in contact with
some fragrance and that I’m allergic to and then that’s sustained over you know
let two or three weeks and then that pushed my allergic reactions up even
more and so these reactions can really compound and add to one another and
overwhelm the body so it’s really hard to separate these out because again
these things just really mix into one another and you really need a lot of
discipline to you know fast to get rid of all the food problems and you
probably might have to fast for you know couple weeks or whatever it takes to
really allow the sustained reaction to calm down as sometimes it won’t just
because you’re already reacting so much that you might need medication to help
calm it down so once you’re able to comment down by avoiding the allergens
and maybe with some medications help then you can slowly start to track
allergens that you come in contact with and kind of see if any one thing is
causing a sustained reaction or the third thing
make allergic reactions confusing and hard to associate with a specific
allergen is accumulation and I mentioned this mostly with the air purifier HEPA
filter that kind of videos because you know there are chemicals called VOCs or
volatile organic compounds that you know modern construction material like carpet
and paint and even treated leather in your car that would release these
chemicals called VOCs that would cause damage and reactions from you breathing
it in or you come in contact with it on the skin and because these things are in
such low amounts that you don’t notice it at first but it slowly permeates your
skin your your breathing in a tiny bit a little bit at a time and it kind of
cumulates in your body and once it hits a threshold then your immune system goes
haywire and it’s kind of hard to put the genie back in the bottle it’s kind of
hard to reverse it because all that stuff is already in your body and your
immune system already switched to a different mode it’s an attack mode now
and you can’t really stop that so just four things are accumulating in small
amounts or even food that you’re eating a little bit Debit day by day and you
don’t think that’s causing a reaction because there’s no immediate flare-up
that’s you just got to be careful about that because they are things that are
probably lower on your allergic reaction scale but it can still cause reactions
that are less obvious and you can only see that if you eat a day by day or you
or you’re breathing it in day by day and you’re constantly having
this flare-up and again just like sustain reactions if you keep adding it
into your body every day then your reactions go up and up and up
until it’s a full-blown immune breakdown and then you can’t really do anything
about it at that point number four what makes allergic
reactions harder to trap is basically a feedback loop
that’s unstoppable and I just mentioned this where after a certain point your
reactions kind of feed off of itself because your immune system is already in
battle mode that you can’t just say calm down even if you avoided all those
allergens your immune system is already kicking itself in a gear and telling
itself to fight anything that comes in contact with even if the allergies are
gone so allergic reactions can get out of control from a feedback loop is
because a lot of the allergy mediators are like these chemical signals that
tell the body to have flare-ups because there’s allergens and something the body
has to defend itself against these mediators also trigger more mediators so
it’s it just kind of adds on to itself and so even if you take away the
allergen itself these chemicals these mediators
sometimes it’s the histamine that most people are familiar with these chemicals
will keep the means the the flare up going and so if you get to this point
it’s you probably really need medications to help calm the system down
and that’s kind of where a lot of the confusion comes in with oh should I go
with like a net natural way of healing my allergic reactions or my eczema or my
asthma or should I go with a medication pharmaceutical approach if you haven’t
if your system hasn’t gone over a certain limit and it’s still able to
calm itself down then sure you can go with the natural way of just avoiding
certain things or changing your diet you know people ask me about changing my
diet all the time but just how severe I am that literally doesn’t work for me
because like it said even if I complete fast and
I did for for a long time and the reaction just kept on going
the body just the immune system reaction just doesn’t stop so under a certain
level I’m sure you know natural ways are the best and I always tell people use
the least amount of medication if you don’t have to use it don’t use it
because medications do cause damage to your body and side effects but if you
get into this unstoppable feedback loop and it’s like your flare-ups and immune
reactions are just like a runaway train it’s not coming back you can’t stop it
and like for me without like the heavy-duty means me no suppressants if I
just tried the antihistamines nothing happens it’s like throwing in a rock off
the train like you might hear something but it’s not gonna stop the train it’s
not gonna cause a dead the train just gonna run straight through that
antihistamine so that’s just kind of like the level I’m at and you really
need heavy-duty medications like let me Immunosuppressants to calm everything
down or the more targeted ones like Xolair there that’s really great for asthma and
allergies and Dupixent which is what i’m using the most for that’s for eczema but
out that also calms down the amount of IgE levels and through that it reduces
asthma and also my food allergies and just allergic reactions to chemicals
environments stuff like that one more thing I want to caution you
guys about is your allergy test isn’t always accurate and I’m sure a lot of
you guys have felt that just from personal experience and there’s some
reasons for that first of all I really don’t like the skin allergy test that
works I guess pretty well for people with like normal allergy levels where if
you’re using over-the-counter antihistamines that that works great
that’s probably your at the very basic level of allergies and using skin tests
as probably as good as anything else but for me I still prefer the IgE
allergy test just getting a measurement of how much high IgE’s in your body and
also getting account for the individual allergens but that really does take a
lot more blood to do because you need blood to test for each individual
allergen so let’s say for me like chicken or rice or potatoes or grape
juice any one of those required its own blood test and a vial of blood so it
takes a while you got to be kind of selective with what you test for but
even if you have a normal IgE level which you know sort of like 75 to 150
you still could have allergic reactions and that’s because if the amount of IgE
is an evenly distributed in your body maybe like it’s more concentrating in
your lungs then you might have asthma for your allergic reactions or if
there’s like overall there’s a normal amount of IgE’s but all of that is
concentrating your gut then your intestines might have flare-ups and acid
reflux inflammations in your gut you have to know what your test is telling
you obviously if you have a super high G level like me then you’re going to have
allergies and for me seems like it’s being pretty accurate again like I
personally didn’t know like rice and chicken
were really severe allergies for me but my I GE blood test told me that chicken
and rice were as bad as shrimp and milk which gave me the most anaphylaxis
anaphylaxis so chicken and rice were way up here on the allergy scale but it was
just slower burning it’s the the delayed reaction and the sustained reaction
whereas shrimp and milk it was just a media reaction my body was just trying
to get that out and I’ll go into some kind of shock and need to go to the ER
where as Bryce and chicken were hiding my body longer and just inside causing
all kinds of habit but both of those had about the same amount of IgE levels so
IgE so far for me personally have been quite dependable all right guys again my
name is Jeffrey Lin if you like this video hit the subscribe button and leave
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5 thoughts on “Having Allergic Reactions & Flareups but don’t know why? 4 Tips to find Allergic Triggers | Ep.233

  1. Oh Jeff, I'm so sorry man..It's almost as if our bodies are rejecting themselves. I often get disassociated with my eczema and identity.

  2. Jeff, what do you think about eosinophils? How eosinophils fit into the overall picture of allergies? Abnormal count in the blood but doctors can figure out what is the cause.

  3. You should do what I did. I was put in a coma for 2 weeks. It reset my body. I was on liquid paste for food for a month. I was better for a year but now im back again. My advice coma therapy look into it. Comas fix everything. Trust me.

  4. Bonjour Jeff, je suis Français et comme toi asthmatique , eczema et allergies . Je me retrouve beaucoup dans tes vidéos et expliquent bien tous les aspects de la maladie. Bon courage 🙂

  5. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43778n/food-intolerance-tests-are-shoddy-science-and-traps-for-disordered-eating

    Are those tests really accurate? There seems to be a bit of controversy

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