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    Hello
    Ive had Ts since I was 10. When I was a baby I had an allergy with cow milk. I guess my parents gave me dairy at some time as a child and saw that the symptoms from the allergy had disappeared and started to give me milk again...daily. Well a couple yrs ago I had some allergy testing done and found out that I'm allergic to eggs, wheat, sugar and dairy. I'm also sensitive to a few things like oranges and corn. I can say that eliminating these foods for me seems to make me calmer and a little less reactive but I still have all the TS symptoms and I dont always stay away from these foods. I was tested by a ND but forget the name of the allergy test.

    I was wondering 3 things:1 what allergies does you or your child with ts have? 2 what kind of allergy testing did you go through and 3 what differences has eliminating the allergen made?

    Thanks for your responses

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    Scott,

    Sorry, I cant help you here, I have no allergies. I do have some food thats make my tics worse, but its not really allergies. Its when I consume either caffine or high sugar amounts that make me active and than make my tics worse.
    The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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    Hi Scott!

    Thanks for posting a very interesting topic!

    Though I don't have allergic reactions, I do get migraines from many of the common triggers for migraine like changes in barometric pressure, caffeine and food preservatives like nitrites or flavor enhancers like MSG or dehydrated onion, garlic etc.

    Looking forward to hearing about the experience of others in connection with allergies.

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    Any stressors on the body will cause an increase in tics. Allergies definitely cause a stress on the body.

    My son has environmental allergies. In addition to the usual response of having a runny nose, etc. from the allergies, his tics also increase when he is fighting the allergies. Behaviours from the associated disorders can also deteriorate.

    Most of his allergies are seasonal -- grass, etc. however, he also has dust allergies. We did alot of work to decrease the dust mites in his bedroom (no carpet, allergy covering on the mattress & pillow. etc.) and that got the allergy under control. The work to reduce this allergen were worth it for the change in his allergy symptoms. It had only a mild impact on his tics.

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    Adam and Steve have either of u been tested for allergies?

    cotw what testing did u use or how did u find out your son has environmental allergies? My son is eight and always seems stuffed up. I read somewhere on the net awhile back a research report linking ts and environmental allergies. I'd like to get my son and I tested.

    Thanks

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    The allergy testing was done with skin testing -- the tests where they introduce the various possible allergens on your skin and then prick the skin and watch for a reaction.

    The testing was done about 10 years ago. I don't know if they have come up with some other ways of testing.

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    Scott,

    I have not undergone allergy testing because the reactions I experience that trigger migraine are clearly not allergic reactions, as diagnosed by my doctor.

    However as COTW has said, allergy testing is very specific and is performed by an Allergy Specialist.

    Discuss your concern with your Family Physician and ask for a referral to have your son seen by an Allergist.

    If your son qualifies, check out the Allergy Clinics at the Montreal Childrens' Hospital or Ste. Justine. Otherwise most of the general hospitals have allergy clinics where you son can be seen in Montreal.

    Do you have an established connection to any of the hospitals in Montreal?

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    Scott,

    I have not been tested for allergies. My dad and some of my friends have allergies but I dont see any similarities with what they experience to what I experience. I have had a lot of people ask though cause I tend to get mild colds 6 or 7 times a year but my doctor said that even a healthy adult should get 5-6 colds a year. But even when I get these colds, I see nothing that shows a specific thing is triggering them.
    The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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    Scott,

    I don't believe colds are "triggered" in the same sense as allergies that are the result to exposure to a specific allergen, or as in the case of migraine where there are specific and identifiable triggers.

    The common cold is contracted through the transmission of airborne viruses and enter your body through one of the mucous membranes such as your eyes, nose or mouth.

    So if someone sneezes in a room and you are in that room, the virus might get into your nose or eyes.

    Similarly if someone sneezes, covers their face with their hand, then without washing their hand touches a door knob, that you touch soon after, then when your hand comes in contact with your eyes, mouth or nose...you got it.

    It's why we are advised to wash our hands often when in public places, to avoid transmitting or receiving viruses.

    Hospitals now make hand sanitizers available at all entrances and throughout the facility to aid in controlling transmission of sickness.

    I cannot see why one should expect to get 5 or 6 colds a year, and with proper precautions one can avoid catching colds most of the time.

    Agreed there are circumstances that make it more difficult, especially around children who are at greater risk because of their contact with other young people, but if a child is properly instructed in sound hygiene practices, even this can be kept to a minimum.

    Is it possible the frequent colds you experience may be misinterpreted as allergies, Scott?

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    I am allergic to dust, dust mites, moulds, tobacco smoke, maple pollen, birch pollen, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs (all cause asthma and stuffed up sinuses, itchy and swollen eyes etc.), some weeds, bananas, cantaloupe and who knows what else (allergy testing done a few years ago). Especially the mould allergy triggers tics (in humid weather I feel terrible, due to mould in the air). Mould also triggers migraines.

    I am also intolerant (not the same as allergies) to several foods. The known ones (tested by a naturopath and confirmed by experience) are the whole nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant), lactose, coffee, chocolate, msg and the combination of fruit and grain (no blueberry muffins for me , or a glass of juice with a sandwich, or I break out in itchy hives all over, which last two days ). I can eat fruits and grains three hours apart from each other. Potatoes will cause gastrointestinal distress, and tomatoes and peppers will trigger terrible migraines as well as stomach and bowel problems.

    I have not really paid much attention to whether any of the above trigger tics or make them worse.
    German citizen, married to a Canadian for 28 years, four daughters, one son, eight grandchildren (and one on the way).

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