only food i'm actually allergic to is shrimp. all my bloodwork and stuff was fine, so no thyroid disorder. no identifiable cause of hives. WTF, mate? so, we discussed my theory of #40, and planned a line of attack. for the next two weeks, i completely avoid anything with red 40, and keep a daily record of hive symptoms. for the two weeks after that, i have no restrictions (and will certainly purposely eat red things) and still record hives. if there seems to be a definite correlation, which there seems to have been, we can set up a double blind test. insurance will pay for it, so that's not an issue. also, since it seems that dye allergies are that rare, i could be a publishable case study. especially since i developed the allergy, and wasnt just born with it. however, i dont really care so much, since zyrtec completely prevents any sort of reaction. yay, zyrtec.
so, i recall one of you offering a sample of red 40...if i could get that, it'd be awesome. my other option is to check food coloring, or just use pure kool aid powder. drinking less than a quarter cup of kool aid has made me break out. eep.
that's all i've got right now. i'll keep you posted on what happens.